Practicum FAQ for Students
To Consider in Your Site Selection
- A match between the student’s career goals and the projects sponsored by the site.
- Tasks and skills that are unique and separate from any paid employment.
- The development of new skills or significant enhancement of existing skills (e.g., requiring skills that are different from other jobs/roles the student has held previously).
- The development of at least two of the four skill areas specified by the psychology master’s program as central to the role of a community-social psychologist (i.e., community assessment and program evaluation, program planning and development, advocacy and public policy, and community organizing and coalition building).
- Attention to participant conceptualizer, interpersonal and group process skills, and general professional development.
- Review practicum competencies and decide on priorities for learning.
- Begin to research sites that will help you learn these skills.
- Check in with practicum instructor to clarify any questions and get advice about potential sites.
- Contact agencies for informational interviews.
- Consult with practicum instructor as needed.
- Identify a site and fill out the Student Site Proposal Form (pdf).
- Submit to practicum instructor for approval.
Placement Ideas and Resources
The following resources are available to help you find a practicum placement that is a good match for your interests and the skills you would like to develop, and to make the most of the experience:
Prior Practicum Classes