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College Student Personnel program
Graduate Assistantships and Practicum Experiences
Graduate assistantship and practicum experiences align with the Theories to Practice value philosophy of the College Student Personnel (CSP) program. While holding an assistantship each semester and participating in one semester-long practicum is the requirement, you will have the opportunity and support to engage in 5 professional work experiences including; 2 year-long graduate assistantship placements, two practicum experiences, and a summer internship. These opportunities enable you to fully engage in the learning process. You will apply theories and concepts gained in the classroom to real-life student affairs work on a daily basis. By participating in graduate assistantships and practicum experiences, you gain professional skills, concepts, and knowledge to become outstanding student affairs practitioners who posses the knowledge and skills to facilitate the learning and development of students.
Look below for a full listing of graduate assistantships with position descriptions and a listing of practicum experiences typically completed by CSP students.
The CSP program offers more than 45 graduate assistantship opportunities in 17 offices on campus. During the second year of the program, you enroll in CSP 597 Internship I and CSP 598 Internship II. These academic courses support you through the assistantship experience and provide an academic curriculum to enhance the learning and professional work experience.
As a full-time assistant, you work 20 hours per week and receive a monthly stipend and waiver of tuition. The current graduate assistant stipend amount is $943 per month or $7,544 per academic year. Graduate assistantships in University Housing and Dining Services additionally offer room and board benefits.
Examples of graduate assistantship opportunities:
- Academic Advisor in University Advising and
Academic Services Center
- Alumni Programs Graduate Assistant
- Assistant Complex Director in University Housing and Dining Services
- Greek Life Advisor in Office of Student Activities
- LGBTQA Resource Center Graduate Assistant
- Office of Admissions Graduate Assistant
- Office of Study Abroad Graduate Assistant
- Women's Center Graduate Assistant
Practicum experiences are an opportunity for you to gain additional experience in a new or familiar student services functional area. Practicum opportunities take place in the Spring semester of the first year and the Fall semester of the second year. During the first practicum experience, you work an average of 8 hours per week while enrolled in CSP 561 Practicum in Student Affairs. During the second practicum experience, you work an average of 4 or 8 hours per week while enrolled in CSP 562 Advanced Practicum in Student Affairs. The academic courses support you through the experience and provide an academic curriculum to enhance the learning and professional work experience. The Advanced Practicum experience and academic course is an elective opportunity in the CSP degree requirement sequence.
Examples of practicum experiences:
- Open House Coordinator with Undergraduate Admissions
- Advisor for University Union Advisory Board
- Athletic Advisor with Intercollegiate Athletics
- Admission Officer for CSP Recruitment
- Advisor for Alternative Spring Break
- Teaching Assistant for CSP or Undergraduate Courses
- Coordinator of testing services in Disability Resource Center
- Hearing officer with Judicial Programs
- Mentee coordinator with First-Year Experience (FYE)
- Create Your Own - CSP students are able to organize an independent practicum experience to gain a specific experience or skill.