Practicum Resources

The Practicum Experience


Practicum experiences are 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 beyond their graduate assistantships in higher education and student affairs, and complete two (2) 140-hour practica to further their experiences in the field. These experiences are another means for students to consider the relations of theory and practice, and to better understand the many functions and services that different college and university offices, as well as other organizations, provide to students and other stakeholders.

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

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. Adam McCready

4 HESA students post for a picture outside

Two students chat during HESA's Allyship artwork exhibit

Male student with hand on his face smiles during a class discussion

Two students are engaged in conversation during HESA's Allyship gallery walk