Field Experiences

Access field experiences for your career and educational development from quality employers in the senior living field. This resource page is for individuals looking for field experience in aging services. Find an opportunity in senior living leadership in the links and external partnership resources below.

Types of Field Experience Programs

InternshipAdministrator in Training (AIT)Fellowship/Residency
A paid and/or for-credit work experience offered by an organization for a limited period typically undertaken by students and graduates looking to gain relevant skills and experience in a particular field. This may be 1 – 3 months.  A paid internship with an approved certified preceptor where on-the job training occurs in preparation for licensing as an NHA/HSE. This may be anywhere from 6 – 12 months.  An extended period of paid work experience, managed by the provider and/or university, for those typically pursuing or holding a graduate degree. This is usually 1 year or longer.

Learn more about additional career pathways and the benefits of field experiences in senior living and aging services.




When choosing a field experience program, it is important to know what to look for. Below are a few examples to help you determine if a program is right for you:

  • The program provides a meaningful and challenging learning experience that allows individuals to apply the knowledge gained from the program to the academic coursework.
  • The program’s goals are established with the intern and periodically revisited throughout the program so that progress is monitored.
  • The program’s roles and responsibilities are documented in a written position description that describes real work assignments that are recognized as valuable by the organization.

Looking to get a head start in your career in Senior Living and Aging Services? Click the button below to view internship and career opportunities from our endorsing organizations and sponsors.