The Practicum Program is a zero-credit academic course at CWRU coordinated by the Career Center. Practium is a partnership between the employer, student, and Practicum advisor and is designed for both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences and the Weatherhead School of Management. Although no credit is awarded, students earn transcript notation for successful completion of a practicum experience. Before you accept an offer, be sure to meet with a Career Center team member to ensure the opportunity qualifies for Practicum. Successful completion will be determined by the Assistant Director for Experiential Learning and is based upon faculty and employer recommendations. The desired learning outcome of the Practicum is intellectual, professional, and personal growth in an area related to a student's academic and career goals.
Companies and organizations that participate in the Practicum Program provide students with assignments that develop skills, insights, and knowledge that are both marketable to the profession and transferable to the classroom. A Practicum is an immersive professional experience that is typically paid and can be full-time or part-time. Employers will submit an evaluation of the student's progress and performance to the Assistant Director for Experiential Learning at the mid-point and conclusion of the assignment. Additionally, students will engage in reflective communication with their Practicum advisors throughout the experience.
Practicum students enroll in course sections for the semester in which they are on assignment. If you are enrolled in full-time Practicum, you retain full-time student status. Part-time participants are still expected to enroll in credit-bearing coursework. Students should always visit the Office of University Financial Aid and International Student Services (if applicable) in advance of registration for the Practicum Program.