Student Hiring

As part of the CDL’s Teaching mission, we are devoted to training and working with undergraduate students who are eager to apply their knowledge of child development to the field.  We have three different student positions to offer: CDL Student Assistant, CDL Intern, and The Playing Field Intern (funded by the Oscar Rennebohm Foundation as part of a paid HDFS internship experience).

Please see the CDL-2024-Calendar-for-EC-Interns-SAs for more details about the hiring timeline, orientation, and spring/summer/fall sessions.

The pay rate for a first-semester HDFS Intern (at the CDL or The Playing Field) or Student Assistant (SA) at the CDL is $15/hour.  Students typically get a $.50/hour raise for each semester or summer session worked after that if they are being paid by the CDL or through the Rennebohm Foundation grant.  HDFS Student Interns and Student Assistants are paid for any orientation, training, and meeting time associated with their position.  (Please note, if you are hired directly by The Playing Field, they determine their own hourly pay rates.)

New student applicants are hired by considering the following factors:

  1. Your availability to work at the CDL meets the work schedules offered for the position(s) you are applying.
  2. Your ability to continue working at the CDL for more than one semester/session.
  3. You have prior experience working with young children that matches the needs of the CDL classrooms.
  4. You have already taken the courses required for childcare licensing to work in a childcare program.
  5. If you are applying to an infant classroom, priority will be given to candidates who have completed HDFS 501/464:  Infant/Toddler Dev & Group Care prior to the session for which they are applying.

*Note: HDFS majors are prioritized over non-HDFS majors if everything else is equivalent.

*Current CDL or TPF Interns and current CDL Student Assistants (SAs) who have received positive evaluations by their supervisors this semester will be prioritized over new applicants applying for the same roles & schedules (as continuity of care is important for the children and families).  Your availability must also meet the needs of the program (see schedules below).

HDFS INTERNSHIPS – CDL & TPF

Brief Position Summary: The primary responsibility of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Intern is to support our Teaching mission and assist in the care of children in the CDL. This includes providing assistance in the supervision, management, and guidance of a classroom of children, as well as preparation for daily activities and routines.  The ECD Intern receives direct support from Lead Teachers and reports to the Assistant Director. This opportunity is for only for students enrolling in both the HDFS 601: Internship course AND 1-credit HDFS 501: Theory to Practice course for Spring 1st semester interns.  1st semester Rennebohm interns are also required to enroll in these 2 courses.  The starting internship hourly pay rate for CDL and Rennebohm interns is $15/hour for Spring ’24.

The CDL and TPF does offer second semester internships, but the classroom placement or job responsibilities need to be distinctly different from the first semester internship to meet SoHE’s internship requirements.  Second semester interns at either the CDL or TPF must only enroll in HDFS 601 for Spring ’23.  Second semester interns will be paid a starting rate of $15.50/hour.  Please see SoHE’s internship page for details about the internship requirement.

Types of Internships:
CDL Early Childhood Development Intern Position

Rennebohm ECD Internship Job Description Fall 2024

Spring 2024 Applications for CDL Internships & Student Assistant Positions and Internships at the Playing Field are now closed.

*NOTE:  After you complete the online CDL/TPF Internship Application, you will need to upload your Spring ’24 class schedule here.  Please remember to upload a new copy of your schedule into this box folder any time it changes and then email cdlplacements@sohe.wisc.edu to inform the CDL admin team that you have uploaded a new schedule.

STUDENT ASSISTANT

Brief Position Summary: The primary responsibility of the Student Assistant is to support our Teaching mission and assist in the care of children in the CDL. This includes providing assistance in the supervision, management, and guidance of a classroom of children, as well as preparation for daily activities and routines.  The Student Assistant receives direct support from Lead Teachers and reports to the Associate Director.  Student Assistants start at an hourly pay rate of $15/hour.

For more information, view our Student Assistant Job Description

CDL Student Assistant Float Job Description

CDL Student Assistant – Admin Role Job Description

Spring 2024 applications for CDL Internships & Student Assistant Positions and Internships at the Playing Field are now closed.

*NOTE:  After you complete the online CDL/TPF Internship Application, you will need to upload your Spring ’24 class schedule here. Please remember to upload a new copy of your schedule into this box folder any time it changes and then email cdlplacements@sohe.wisc.edu to inform the CDL admin team that you have uploaded a new schedule.

CDL Schedules for HDFS Interns Spring ’24:

1) Infant Rooms (6 wk – 2 years): 

  • 8:00am-2:15pm MWF
  • 8:00am-2:15pm TTH
  • 12:30pm-5:30pm MWF
  • 12:30pm-5:30pm TTH

2) Toddler Rooms (2-3 years):

  • 10:15am-2:15pm MWF
  • 10:15am-2:15pm TTH

3) 3 Year-Old Room (3-4 years):

  • 10:15am-2:15pm MWF
  • 10:15am-2:15pm TTH
  • 12:30-5:30 MWF
  • 12:30-5:30 TTH

4) 4K Room (4-5 years):

  • 10:15am-2:15pm MWF
  • 10:15am-2:15pm TTH

CDL Schedules for Student Assistants Spring ’24:

1) Infant Rooms (6 wk – 2 years): 

  • 12:30pm-5:30pm MWF
  • 12:30pm-5:30pm TTH

2) Toddler Rooms (2-3 years):

  • 8:00am-10:00am M-F
  • 12:30pm-5:30pm MWF
  • 12:30pm-5:30pm TTH
  • 3:30pm-5:30pm M-F

3) 3 Year-Old Room (3-4 years):

  • 8:00am-10:00am M-F
  • 12:30pm-5:30pm MWF
  • 12:30pm-5:30pm TTH
  • 3:30pm-5:30pm M-F

4) 4K Room (4-5 years):

  • 8:00am-10:00am M-F
  • 12:30pm-5:30pm MWF
  • 12:30pm-5:30pm TTH
  • 3:30pm-5:30pm M-F

5) Floats (move from classroom to classroom to sub and/or cover breaks):

  • 8:00am-10:30am M-F
  • 1:00pm-2:15pm M-F