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Applications for Spring 2017 Practica are now open.

See "Upcoming Practica" page for course descriptions for the 2017 Practica Programs.

 

Application Instructions

To apply, submit the Practicum Application Form. 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." 

Applications are due Sunday, October 2, 11:59pm.

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.

If you would like help with your resume and cover letter, students are encouraged to meet with their SIS Career Advisor: http://www.american.edu/sis/career/advisors.cfm.

Late applications will not be considered. No preference is given to applications submitted early; please take your time completing the application.

 

Practicum Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in an SIS Practicum, MA students must:

  • be in good academic standing (including a 3.0 cumulative GPA)
  • have completed 18 credits of graduate coursework prior to the semester in which they will participate in the Practicum
  • MIS Students need to have completed 15 credits in-residence prior to commencing the Practicum

Dual-degree students (e.g. MA/MBA, JD/MA and KU/AU) must also:

  • have completed at least 9 of the minimum 18 credits in SIS to be eligible to participate in a Practicum.

Students are eligible to apply for any Practicum, regardless of their particular MA program (e.g. an IPCR student may apply to a USFP Practicum).

Students in the online MAIR program have their own Practicum option and are not eligible for on-campus Practica. Click here for more information about capstone options for MAIR students.

 

Tips for a Successful Application

  • Practicum applications consist of a cover letter and a resume. They should be approached as job applications.
  • Your materials should focus on your skills, knowledge, and how you will add value to the client and the Practicum team.
  • Attend an info session about the Practicum you are applying to in order to meet the professor, ask questions, and learn how to tailor your application.
  • Address your cover letter to the Practicum professor.
  • For more tips on cover letters, resumes, and job applications, check out the resources at the AU Career Center:

Important Dates

  • October 2, 2016 - Applications due for Spring 2017 Practica

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.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact:

Stephanie Fischer, Executive-in-Residence

Director, Experiential Learning

sis_practica@american.edu

Is a Practicum Right for You?

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.