Internships and Professional Experiences

Internships and Professional Experiences are both program specific and a significant feature of our college and the professional preparation of students. Below is a brief listing of internship and professional experiences within our departments. For specific program requirements please contact the listed departments below:

Graduate

  • CNS580 Clinical Field Experience I (3 credits): The culminating experience for all programs, the field experience sequence consists of six (6) semester hours and is the internship requirement of the SU counseling programs. Students must complete 300 clock hours for each field experience in a professional setting appropriate to their career interests, skills, and program of study. Site selection must be approved by adviser. Course is offered on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisites: Completion of Phases I and II, adviser's approval, attendance at orientation meeting the prior semester, pre-registration form, and candidacy. CNS589 is required to satisfy the 6 credits for field placement.

  • CNS585 Practicum in Counseling (3 credits): Field-based assignment in an agency, school, or institutional setting providing supervised professional experiences. Students must accumulate a minimum of 150 clock hours at a site appropriate to their program of study during one academic semester. Students must have a site approved by their adviser prior to course registration. Prerequisites: A grade of B or higher in CNS578, permission of adviser, attendance at orientation meeting the prior semester, and pre-registration form.

  • CNS586 Advanced Practicum in Counseling (3-6 credits): Extension of CNS585, permits student to gain greater specialized competencies in the same general setting. Prerequisites: CNS585, consent of adviser, attendance at orientation meeting the prior semester, and pre-registration form.

  • CNS589 Clinical Field Experience II (3 credits): Continuation of CNS580, Clinical Field Experience I, placement. Students must register for this course in order to satisfy the six (6) credit hour field experience requirement. Students must complete 300 clock hours for each field experience in a professional setting appropriate to their career interests, skills, and program of study. Site selection must be approved by adviser. Course offered on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisites: Completion of CNS580, approval of adviser, and pre-registration form.

  • CNS590 Advanced Clinical Field Experiences (3 credits): Continuation of the CNS580/589 field experience. Course offered on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisites: Completion of CNS580/589, adviser's approval, and pre-registration form. Site selection must be approved by adviser.

Undergraduate

  • CRJ471 Internship I (3 credits)
  • CRJ472 Internship II (3 credits)
  • CRJ473 Internship III (3 credits)
  • CRJ474 Internship IV (3 credits)

 Each 3 credit internship = 120 hours of work. 

Graduate

  • CRJ617 Internship I (3 credits)
  • CRJ618 Internship II (3 credits)

Both graduate-level internships provide an opportunity to apply classroom (theoretical) learning in an agency setting; encourages the development of a professional identity and an appropriate set of professional skills and values; helps students identify or clarify their career interests; provides agencies with an opportunity to observe and evaluate potential staff; and provides students with the opportunity to conduct participant research in a justice agency. Student will encounter a variety of real world situations in which previously learned skills must be applied under the supervision of a practitioner. A full range of criminal justice agencies will be available for student selection.

Find out more about Criminal Justice internships.

Educational Leadership

  • ELP597 Practicum in Educational Administration (3 credits): Provides experiences designed to develop and enhance the overall effectiveness of the would-be administrators' competencies. Practicum is an individually prescribed program based upon the stated competencies of the program and the past experiences of the student. It consists of planned experiences and emphasizes direct involvement in school administration at sites mutually acceptable to the student and the adviser of the practicum experience. The practicum experience provides the student with opportunities to bridge the gap between theory and practice and to realize first-hand involvement in the administration of schools. Prerequisites: ELP500, ELP592, ELP501, and ELP545.

  • ELP598 Advanced Practicum in Educational Administration (3 credits): Extends the planned administrative experiences in a school setting. Student is required to serve a portion of the practicum in more than one district in order to assure a wide range of practicum experiences. Prerequisites: ELP597, ELP591, and ELP545.

  • ELP601-604 Practicum in Central Office Administration (3-6 credits): Designed to bridge the gap from theory to practice. Student becomes directly involved in the operation of the central office and will perform the functions and duties of central office personnel completing several projects throughout the field experience. A synopsis of experiences is shared in a seminar approach with the university adviser and other practicum students. College adviser performs periodic on-site visits to assess the growth and development of the intern. Prerequisites: ELP612 and ELP614.

Special Education

  • EEC590 Practicum I in Special Education (3 credits): Designed to extend student's professional preparation beyond resources of the college to include resources of the community and region. Practicum is intended to permit graduate student to engage in supervised professional activities in selected cooperating community agencies, local education agencies, or intermediate units. Prerequisites: EEC544, EEC545, EEC551, EEC561, EEC571.

  • EEC591 Practicum II in Special Education (3 credits): Supervised intensive field experience designed to provide the candidate for certification in special education with field experiences in assessment techniques, special class operation, participating in child study teams, and curriculum development. Prerequisite: EEC590.

  • EEC609 Internship (3 credits)

ESC424 Internship (6/9/12 credits): Offers a practical, research, observational, study, and/or work experience within an area or career path of student's choice through constructive participation within the field of exercise science. Prerequisites: Must have a 2.50 QPA overall; must have completed all exercise science major course requirements with a grade of C or above, and an exercise science major.

Undergraduate

  • SWK391 Seminar in Social Work Methods (3 credits)
  • SWK389 & SWK390 Field Work in Social Work (12 credits)

 Note: Field work in social work and the Seminar in Social Work Methods are taken for 15 credit hours with no additional course work during the last semester in the senior year. Students must have earned a C or better in all required social work courses before they are eligible for field work and Seminar in Social Work Methods. 

Graduate

  • SWK530 Field Practicum I (3 credits)
  • SWK531 Field Practicum II (3 credits)

Provides students with practical experience (200-250 hours per semester) in supervised direct service activities across all client systems from the individuals level to that of the community. This initial field experience allows the student to apply theory and skills acquired in the generalist foundation areas while simultaneously fostering the development of a professionally reflective, ethical, knowledgeable, and self-evaluating social worker. Prerequisite: None; Co-requisites: SWK520 Micro/Mezzo Social Work Practice/SWK521 Macro Social Work Practice.

  • SWK630 Advanced Field Practicum I (3 credits)
  • SWK631 Advanced Field Practicum II (3 credits)

Students complete 250 hours of supervised agency/organization practice experience during the first semester of the second year. Students will be in the field three days per week. The same course requirements and hourly expectation will be in place for Advance Field Practicum II in the second semester of the second year. Prerequisite: SWK530/531 Field Practicum I/II or Advanced Standing Status; Co-requisite: SWK620 Advanced Micro/Mezzo Social Work Practice or SWK621 Advanced Macro Social Work Practice.

Undergraduate 

  • EDU495 Student Teaching and Professional Practicum (15 credits): Professional site-based experience provides a full semester of guided teaching in the K-12 schools during which the student, under the direction of a qualified cooperating teacher and university supervisor, takes increasing responsibility for planning and directing the learning experience of a specific group(s) of students.

 Graduate 

  • EDU495 Student Teaching and Professional Practicum (15 credits): Professional site-based experience provides a full semester of guided teaching in the K-12 schools during which the student, under the direction of a qualified cooperating teacher and university supervisor, takes increasing responsibility for planning and directing the learning experience of a specific group(s) of students.

  • TCH609 Internship and Action Research Seminar (3 credits): Designed for graduate students to engage in supervised professional activities in selected early childhood, elementary, middle school or secondary education placements.