Northeastern University has a long history of providing its students with practical experience in which they put the theories and skills that they learn in the classroom directly to use in work settings. Boston, with more than 120 colleges and universities within a sixty-mile radius, offers many opportunities for CSDC students to have practical experiences in various collegiate settings.
The CSDC program provides students with field opportunities that will prepare new professionals for working in entry level and beginning management positions in the college student development field. These positions are offered in departments and offices, which may not directly address the academic concerns of students, but are a vital part of the social, emotional, and moral development of students.
Each institution provides co-curricular support services in determined by the administration and staff of the university and the needs of the specific student population. Therefore, each practicum experience requires a variety of skills, which are discussed and developed in the Practicum Seminar.
The practicum experience consists of two consecutive courses taken in the fall and spring semesters of the second year. The student must complete a 300-hour practicum to meet graduation requirements. The 300 hours should be divided into the two semesters at 150 hours per semester or 10 to 12 hours per week.
Many students find their practicum experiences through referrals from classmates, colleagues, or professors. A program faculty member must approve all arrangements prior to the beginning of the practicum experience. Some students create their own practicum by contacting administrators at the institution and in the department for which they would like to work. Students are expected to stay at one site for the entire academic year. They can arrange a practicum at any site that meets their needs and interests.
Current practicum functional areas:
- Academic Advising
- African American Center
- Asian American Center
- Career and Transfer Services
- Dean of Students Office
- Disability Services
- Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Center
- Graduate Admissions
- Greek Life
- International Student Services
- Registrar's Office/Transfer Advising
- Student Activities
- Student Affairs Research and Assessment
- Student Conduct
- Residence Life