Student Opportunities

I love the opportunities that are provided for us. We get to learn about something and then we get to actually try it out. Theories are great and all, but it means so much more when we actually get to try them out in real life to test those theories. -2016 Graduate

Student opportunities through HDFS

At Messiah University, you'll find plenty of ways to participate in leadership roles, network as a young professional, hone your academic skills, and link what you're learning in the classroom with hands-on experience and enrichment opportunities.

Leadership Roles

On this page you will find detailed information about MCFR (Messiah Council on Family Relations); Open Houses and the Diplomat Program; and EAMU (Education Association of Messiah University).

NCFR group photo 2017


Professional Development

On this page you will find detailed information about Faculty Research Projects; Opportunities to attend local, regional and national conferences; Co-leading Family Life Education (FLE) Programs with faculty members; The Smith Scholar Internship; Boyer Scholar Information; Faculty Assistant Work-study Opportunities; Internship & Practica; Independent Study; and Study Abroad Options.


Faith Development

My time here at Messiah has been invaluable. My learning experience here is ingrained with faith in a way that teaches me to consider my career aspirations in light of the life of Jesus and the principles his life teaches. I know that, without the direction of my professors and their intentional efforts to foster faith in the classroom, I would not have developed into the person I am today. I am so thankful that my department has integrated these faith practices into learning because I now feel better equipped to go into the work force with the skills and assurance to boldly incorporate my faith into practice in appropriate and applicable ways. I am confident that this ability could not have been acquired in such a strong way at many other institutions.      Allison Schillinger (HDFS '20)


Honors and Awards

On this page you will find detailed information about our Departmental Honors Projects; the Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities awards; the Dr. Dorothy J. Gish Women in Leadership Award; Student Poster Awards; the HDFS Student Professional Development Endowment Fund; and the Outstanding Student Awards (for Graduating Seniors).

Social and Professional Networking

On this page you will find detailed information about MCFR (Messiah Council on Family Relations); Department and MCFR Activities; Conference Attendance; and Family Science Professionals in the World Panel Discussions.