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SIS Practicum Program


The Cuba: Broadening Normalization Practicum Team in Cuba

The Cuba: Broadening Normalization Practicum Team in Cuba, Spring 2016

This program is designed to give second-year master’s students real world experience in project management and consulting while preparing them for post-graduate careers.

Students work in teams with expert clients including U.S. and international government agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses to conduct policy and program analysis. Students draw on their substantial research, as well as qualitative and quantitative skills, to prepare final oral and written analysis and recommendations.

The practica are led by faculty mentors who hold class sessions weekly. Students also participate in hands-on workshops designed to enhance their project management, client relations, oral presentation and writing skills.

Spring 2018 application cycle now closed

Applicants to the Spring 2018 practica will hear back about their placement by late October/early November. If you have any questions or concerns, email Elli Rigolle at

Stay tuned for the announcement of our summer and fall 2018 practica!

SIS Practica fulfill a three-credit capstone requirement.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Teamwork and Project Management
  • Client/Partner/Expert Relations
  • Oral Presentation Skills
  • Written Presentation Skills

Practicum Course

  • Faculty as mentors, providing framework, expertise, and guidance on teamwork
  • Real-world experience in project design, teamwork, and client relations
  • Work with clients, partners, and/or experts 
  • Skills workshops on project management, teamwork,professional writing and presentations


  • Final oral presentation to client
  • Final written report to client

Eligibility Requirements

  • To apply for a practicum, students must have completed 18 credits* prior to the start of the practicum and be in good standing academically (*MIS students must have completed at least 15 credits toward their degree to apply)