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SIS Practicum Program


Toussaint Webster

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 2016 Practicum Presentations 

Presentations held April 18 through April 26. Click here for a complete schedule. 

Graduate students who are completing their SIS Practicum for Spring 2016 will provide short (typically 15-20 minutes) presentations of their research and share their experience working with client partners. Partners include the World Back, DIA, the World Resources Institute and many more. This is an excellent opportunity for students taking their practicum in the summer and fall or interested in a Practicum at a later date to learn about student experiences clients and projects. Light refreshments will be served.

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