Practicum Resources

The Practicum Experience


The practicum experience is an essential part of the HESA curriculum. During the second semester of their first year and first semester of their second year, HESA students venture out into the Division of Student Affairs (or other areas of interest) and complete (2) 140-hour practica to further their experiences in the field of Student Affairs. This experience is another means for students to turn theory into practice and to gain a grasp on the many functions and services that different offices within a university provide to students.

Below you will find further information on the HESA practicum experience. All descriptions are examples of past offerings and options for future opportunities. The two HESA competencies that best relate to each experience have been identified, and the layout below reflects that distinction. It is the HESA student's responsibility to find and secure a practicum which suits their career ambitions and aspirations. If students are unable to identify a practicum experience of interest from those listed below, they receive assistance to create something independently elsewhere on campus or at a nearby institution.

Practicum Sites by HESA Competency:


Advising and Helping Students

Knowledge of Institutional and Organizational Context of Higher Education

Assessment and Evaluation

Professional Identity Development

STUDENTS: Click here to access Practicum documents

  • Learning Contract
    Students are encouraged to fill out the learning contract with their Site Supervisor.
    The Learning Contract is due to David Clokey by the third week of the Practicum.
  • Preliminary Agreement
    Students should have their preliminary agreement signed, detailed and returned before starting their practicum.
  • Supervision Agreement
    Site supervisors should fill out and return the agreement before student begins practicum.
  • Transferrable Skills Assessment
    This form should be completed by students before their practicum begins. Students are encouraged to revisit their assessment throughout their practicum.
  • Practicum FAQ
    A brief list of questions about the Practicum process and experience.

Interested In Hosting A Practicum?


If your department/institution is interested in hosting a practicum, please complete this form. Please be aware that students choose their practicum sites a semester in advance. Completed forms should be emailed to Dr. Kari Taylor

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