406 – Reflections on Practicum Assignments: Faculty, Student, and Supervisor Experiences

    Presenters: Beverly Peters (School of Professional and Extended Studies), Marshall James Bailly II (AU MA Alum, Public Administration), Michael Petillo (AU MS Alum, Measurement and Evaluation, 2020), Tobi Raji (Graduate Student, Journalism), Tiffany Delores Smith (AU MS Alum, Measurement and Evaluation, 2018) & John Sullivan (School of Communication)

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    Time: 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM

    Session Description

    This session compares faculty, student, and supervisor perspectives on graduate-level practicum experiences. SOC’s Masters in Journalism and SPExS’ Masters in Measurement & Evaluation both require students to practice what they learn in the classroom through organizational partnerships where students conduct investigative research and produce deliverables including evaluation reports.

    Panelists will discuss the rationale of practicum assignments and the important role they play in curricula while providing faculty with advice on how to structure such assignments to meet the needs of both students and organizations. 

    Learning Outcomes

    • Compare student practicum experiences in large multilateral organizations, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and small nonprofits. 
    • Identify the needs and expectations of practicum students, in comparison to the needs and expectations of practicum supervisors from organizations. 
    • Discuss the elements of successful practicum assignments. 

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