Frequently Asked Questions

Practicum is a university-sponsored experiential learning arrangement between the employer, the student and the practicum faculty advisor in conjunction with Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education. The program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, the Weatherhead School of Management, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, and for students pursuing entrepreneurial ventures. You will earn transcript notation (pass/no pass) for part-time or full-time workplace experience in conjunction with the completion of a learning agreement during the academic year (fall, spring and summer semesters). The primary goal of this active learning experience is for you to expand your intellectual, professional and personal growth in an area related to your academic and career goals.

Who is eligible to participate?

In order to participate:

  • You must be a declared major in either the College of Arts and Sciences, the Case School of Engineering, Weatherhead School of Management, or the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.
  • You must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater and be in good academic standing.
  • You must have completed 60 credit hours before starting your assignment (30 completed credit hours for a transfer student).
  • You must be able to work full-time or part-time for a minimum of 11 consecutive weeks (six consecutive weeks for early identification programs and first-year international students).
  • You must be eligible to work in the country of placement.
  • International students are eligible to work via curricular practical training (CPT).
Why should I participate in a practicum?

By participating in the Practicum program, you can sharpen your skills, develop a professional network, assess your strengths and test classroom theories in a real-world setting. There will never be a better time in your life to explore your intended career path and reflect on your academic learning. Students who participate in the Practicum program:

  • Gain practical knowledge
  • Enhance academic knowledge
  • Explore and clarify career goals
  • Develop written and oral communication skills
  • Promote personal and professional growth
  • Acquire job search skills
  • Establish professional connections with employers
  • Improve career possibilities upon graduation
Does applying guarantee me an assignment?

No. Post-Graduate Planning & Experiential Education will provide guidance and resources for you to consider as you search for an opportunity. There are ways to maximize your chances of gaining a position by participating in this program, producing a high quality resume and perfecting interviewing techniques.

What are the steps involved to becoming a successful practicum student?
How do I research prospective employers?

Take full advantage of your Handshake account. You can review employers and job postings in Handshake, create a search alert based on your career interests, view upcoming events, and connect with your peers. Use the Alumni Career Network and LinkedIn to start developing your professional network and set up informational interviews. Unsure how to get started? Schedule an appointment with Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education to discuss your search strategy.

What are some of the fees and financial aid concerns as a practicum student?

Students are not charged tuition for Practicum. They are charged an administrative fee of $100 for a part-time opportunity and $250 for a full-time opportunity. The fee will be billed directly to the student's account. Students are encouraged to meet with the Office of Financial Aid prior to registering for Practicum. In most cases, students' financial aid is not altered.

What about healthcare while on assignment?

If you have your own insurance coverage, you may elect to waive the Case Medical Plan by completing and returning the Medical Plan waiver form to University Health Service. While on practicum, you are considered a full-time student and are automatically eligible to use the services provided by the University Health Service and the University Counseling Service. If you have questions about the Case Medical Plan, please contact University Health Service.

Is there a Housing and Residence Life policy for practicum students?

While enrolled in Practicum, students may live at home, remain on-campus or find housing near their assignment. If you choose to live on campus, the Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life will bill you for room and board. The Office of Housing and Residence Life prepares mailings twice a year for practicum students that are on assignments. The information pertains to on-campus housing arrangements when you return from your practicum assignment. Generally, this information is sent out in February and November.

How do I enroll* in Practicum?
  1. Schedule an appointment on Handshake with a Career Counselor to obtain a program overview and eligibility for Practicum.
  2. Do not accept an offer until you have met with Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education.
  3. Once you receive an offer, email a copy of the offer letter to Brian Matthews, Assistant Director for Experiential Learning, for review.
    • The offer letter must include your start and end date, indicate that it is full time (40 hours/week) or part-time (20 hours/week), and include the street address of the office where you will be working.
  4. Schedule an appointment with Brian Matthews through Handshake to enroll.

*Enrollment is defined as registering for the course on SIS by the semester enrollment deadline (dates listed below).

When do I enroll in Practicum?

Students interested in Practicum should enroll during the semester prior to the semester in which they wish to work. For instance, if you wish to participate in Practicum in the fall semester, you should enroll during the summer. Enrollment must be completed no later than the late registration and add/drop date.

Current enrollment deadlines by semester:

Fall 2018: September 14, 2018

Spring 2019: January 11, 2019

Summer 2019: May 24, 2019

Who do I contact for more information?

To start your Practicum search, contact Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education at 216.368.4446 to make an appointment with a career counselor or stop by during drop in consulting hours.

When you receive your offer and are ready to start the enrollment process, please make a Practicum appointment on Handshake with Brian Matthews or Annabel Khouri.