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.
SIS Practica fulfill a three-credit capstone requirement.
Course Learning Outcomes
Teamwork and Project Management
Oral Presentation Skills
Written Presentation Skills
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
To apply for a practicum, students must have completed 18 credits prior to the start of the practicum and be in good standing academically