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.
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.
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)
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).
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.