Each student in the CSAL program is required to complete EDH 685 Practicum/Graduate Field Experience and EDH 686 Practicum/Graduate Field Experience II. These are field-based experiences designed to allow students to pursue specialized areas of interest and are completed after the completion of 18 graduate credits. Each practicum will consist of 150 hours of practice within the internship or placement site. A required component related to the practicum is a seminar that helps students apply theory to practice. Seminar students meet as a group with faculty during Fall and Winter Semesters and meet online during the Spring/Summer Semester. Students must have permission from the CSAL program coordinator to enroll and apply by February 15th for summer, by May 15th for fall semesters, and by September 15th for winter semesters.

It is the student's responsibility to identify a practicum site. Some examples of practica sites on Grand Valley's campus include the offices of Admissions, Housing, Student Life, Dean of Students, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and others. Additional sites in the Grand Rapids area at either a two-year college or at one of several private four-year colleges are possible. Students have also completed their practicum requirement at various colleges around the country.

Summer 2019 Practicum Sites and Roles

Aquinas College - Intern for the Center for Opportunities, Resources, and Excellence (CORE)

Brown University - Residence Life Director for Summer Athletic Camps

Cornell University - Housing Director

Davenport University - Intern for Office of Experiential Learning 

George Mason University - Intern for the Office of New Student and Family Programs 

Gettysburg College - Student Life and Greek Activities Intern

Grand Rapids Community College - Intern for Disability Support Services and Occupational Support Program 

Grand Rapids Community College - Intern for the School of Workforce Development

Grand Valley State University - Faculty-led Assistant for Study Abroad trip to Ghana (2)

Grand Valley State University - Faculty-led Assistant for Study Abroad trip to Chile

Grand Valley State University - Parent and Supporters Orientation Coordinator (2)

Grand Valley State University - Student Conduct Logistics Intern

Michigan State University - Purpose and Career Design Assistant

Michigan State University - Learning Assistant for Student-Athlete Support Services 

Purdue University Northwest - Intern for Housing Operations and Facilities 

Tennessee State University - Intern for New Student Orientation 

Tyler Junior University - NODA Intern

University of Mississippi - ACUHO-I Intern

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill - ACUHO-I Intern 

University of Notre Dame - Summer Conference Coordinator

University of Texas Arlington - Parent and Family Intern 

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh - Conference Services Intern 

Western Michigan University - Intern for the Office of Student Engagement

Western Michigan University - Intern for Academic Advising with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences