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SIS Practicum Program


Toussaint Webster

This program is designed to give second-year master’s students real world experience in project management and consulting while preparing them for post-graduate careers.

Students work in teams with expert clients including U.S. and international government agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses to conduct policy and program analysis. Students draw on their substantial research, as well as qualitative and quantitative skills, to prepare final oral and written analysis and recommendations.

The practica are led by faculty mentors who hold class sessions weekly. Students also participate in hands-on workshops designed to enhance their project management, client relations, oral presentation and writing skills.

Spring 2015 Practicum Presentations

The SIS Graduate Practicum Program invites all students, faculty, staff and guests to attend this semester's Practicum presentations. Student teams will provide short (typically 15-20 minute) presentations of their research and share their experience working with client partners, including the U.S. Department of Justice, Search for Common Ground, the Inter-American Development Bank, and many others. Presentations will run from April 16 until early May.

Click here for a complete schedule and descriptions of all presentations. We hope to see you there!


SIS Practica fulfill a three-credit capstone requirement.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Teamwork and Project Management
  • Client/Partner/Expert Relations
  • Oral Presentation Skills
  • Written Presentation Skills

Practicum Course

  • Faculty as mentors, providing framework, expertise, and guidance on teamwork
  • Real-world experience in project design, teamwork, and client relations
  • Work with clients, partners, and/or experts 
  • Skills workshops on project management, teamwork,professional writing and presentations


  • Final oral presentation to client
  • Final written report to client

Eligibility Requirements

  • To apply for a practicum, students must have completed 18 credits prior to the start of the practicum and be in good standing academically