Below is the process for obtaining a practicum from start to finish:
1. The student facilitates his or her own practicum placement. Some students have to spend time searching for an organization using the personal and university connections, others know who they want to work with. Once the student locates a site and contact, he/she will work with the Community Partner to establish the practicum duration, relevant learning opportunities and the position description.
To seek a practicum, a student should begin with a letter of interest and a resume. Then establish a personal interview appointment with the Community Partner, where the learning agreement is discussed (specifically the learning objectives important to the student and realistic to the Community Partner). The Community partner and the student should have enough information to make a decision that will be satisfying to both.
Students will be coming from a variety of majors and interest areas, and the focus of the practicum may be dependent upon the student interest and organization’s mission. The practicum, however, should include a required base of experiences to provide the student with a full range of skills that are outlined in the interview and written down on the learning agreement.
2. The Community Partner must provide an adequate description of the organization and its programs, as well as an updated practicum description for the student to make informed choices.
3. The Community Partner and the student shall each make their determination of acceptability by signing the learning agreement. The student will then report to the Practicum Course Instructor, Julie Voelker-Morris, with the signed documentation.
4. The practicum instructor will sign approval and provide the registration authorization for the class.
5. Copies of the signed learning agreement will be made and placed in the student file in the administrative offices in the School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management.
6. When a preauthorization email has been received, the student will then register through Duckweb for the AAD409/609 Practicum course. The student will then contact the Community Partner to confirm the approval.
7. Once registered, the student will log onto the course site on Canvas. This site will be our classroom for the term.
8. Give your Community Partner a copy of the Agreement and a blank Supervisor’s Evaluation form.
9. At the end of your practicum, post the student self-evaluation form and the demonstration of learning documents on the Canvas course site.
10. Supervisor’s Evaluations are also due the last Friday of Week 10. The community partner supervisor may email the instructor a copy, or send one with you.
11. Grades are given once all evaluations and demonstration of learning documents are given to the practicum instructor.