You will have the opportunity to attach directly in the form a cover letter and resume (in PDF) for each Practicum to which you apply. Students are recommended to submit a unique cover letter and resume for each Practicum to which you apply. Please label your documents with your last name, first initial, and application, "SMITH_J_Cover Letter."
Late applications will not be considered. No preference is given to applications submitted early; please take your time completing the application. Students will be notified of the outcome of their application in late October.
Once a student has accepted a place in a Practicum course, their place is reserved. Students will be enrolled by Graduate Academic Advising. Practicum courses should appear on students' course schedules within one week of confirming their Practicum placement.
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There are three ways to satisfy the capstone requirement at SIS- a Thesis, a Substantial Research Project (SRP) and a Practicum. You should consider the following questions in deciding whether or not to pursue a practicum.
Do you plan to apply for PhD programs? Having a thesis is likely a more useful body of work to demonstrate the academic background most PhD programs are seeking.
Do you prefer to work individually? Building skills in teamwork is a learning objective of the practicum.
Is there a very specific topic you wish to study and you want control on the direction of the research? The practicum projects serve real-world clients. While the general theme and clients are likely not to change, there may be some shifting of project focus after you apply for a practicum in order to ensure the final results of the project will be helpful to the client.