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Center for Young Children (CYC)

UM Students


Undergraduate students maintain a noticeable presence at CYC as employees, interns, and in pre-service classroom placements. Student employees and interns are integral to our work at the CYC; all contribute in significant ways toward realizing the CYC’s mission and to the most effective functioning of each classroom.


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Student Aides

Student aide hiring for Fall 2024 semester is now OPEN. Please download the application linked above and email to Assistant Director Anne Daniel at

Student aides are paid, part-time employees of the CYC. These student employees provide assistance in our classrooms or front office in many ways.  Classroom duties include interacting with the children throughout the day, both inside and outside, as well as helping with general housekeeping duties. In order to meet State licensing and national accreditation staffing standards, initial priority for interviews for these positions may be given to students who are majoring in education/related fields.           

Instructional videos for employed students.  


Interns may be placed at the CYC when the student's course of study and career goals align with the work of the CYC. Interns at the CYC typically work the majority of their internship hours during the morning program (9am to noon), with some flexibility. Interns are required to apply for their internship and interview with CYC's Assistant Director, Anne Daniel. Internships are unpaid except when the potential intern is already a CYC employee. Typical intern duties include interacting with children, supervising small groups of children, as well as working on special projects that enable interns to accomplish personal goals. 

Please complete this internship application and email it to Anne Daniel at

Family Science Interns

FMSC 477 “Internship and Analysis in Family Science” students may choose to complete their 120 hour internship (required for graduation) at CYC.

Human Development Interns

EDHD 489 "Field Experiences in Human Development" students may choose to complete their 135-hour internship at the CYC. 

Other Internships

Do you need to complete a different internship that you think might be a good fit for the Center for Young Children? Reach out to Anne Daniel at or Jen Smallwood at to inquire. 

Scheduling Observations for Class Assignments

Your instructor will make arrangements with the center and let you know the dates and times available. Call the front desk at 301-405-3168 to make your reservations within those dates and times. Please fill out observation paperwork in advance of your visit.

To arrange for your students to observe at the Center for Young Children email Jennifer Haislip or call her at 301-405-3168 prior to the start of the semester. Every student who observes must complete the observation form listed under "Scheduling Observations for Class Assignments" on this page.