The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom.

— Thomas Merton, author

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) offers unpaid internships and practicums to enrolled college students. Internships are available at the:

People majoring in finance, gerontology, medicine, psychology, social work, computer science, nursing, or physical or occupational therapy may benefit from a DADS internship.

How do I get started with an unpaid internship or practicum?

What training will I receive?

All interns are required to take the following computer-based training (CBT) courses. The material is designed to help you learn about DADS and better understand the people we serve. It should take about 20 minutes or less to complete each CBT.

There is a short test at the end of most of the CBTs that reviews the course materials. But don't worry — you can refer to the material in the CBT if you need to do so when answering the questions.

At the end "Rights of Consumers" course you will be given instructions to create a certificate of completion as proof you completed orientation. A copy must be provided to the volunteer supervisor and emailed to

Depending on your assignment, you may also need to take the following courses:

Once you have been assigned to an office, you will be given on-the-job training related to what you will be doing.

Note: You may need to disable your browser's pop-up blocker for the course to work properly. (Some browsers call this "enabling" pop-ups.) You may have more than one pop-up blocker on your computer. Check for additional pop-up blockers on your "Tools" menu and on any additional toolbars, such as Google or Yahoo. ALL pop-up blockers must be disabled for this course to work. If disabling all your pop-up blockers doesn't work, try holding down the control key and clicking on your browser's refresh/reload icon to refresh your computer.

top of page

Updated: February 24, 2016