Apply the knowledge and skills you acquire in the classroom while engaging in the field in real-world settings.

Professional Practicum

Following the on-campus coursework phase, each student completes a professional practicum with an organization of his/her choosing.* The practicum must be related to the student’s coursework and career goals and be for a minimum of six months. Practicums may be paid professional positions or unpaid internships.
SIT Graduate Institute student on practicumDuring this period — referred to as the Reflective Practice — students remain engaged with faculty and other students and receive course credit for documenting the integration of their knowledge and skills while working in a professional context.

Practicum placements provide in-depth, hands-on learning; enhance résumés; and expand professional contacts.

Recent practicum placements held by students in the self-designed MA program include:

United States
  • Field Coordinator, American Red Cross (Washington, DC)
  • Program Coordinator, The Mariposa DR Foundation (Ithaca, New York)
  • Program Coordinator, Spark Teacher Education Institute (Putney, Vermont)
  • Programs Administrator, Shared Hope International (Vancouver, Washington)
  • Outreach and Education Intern, Democracy Now! (New York, New York)
  • Municipal Development Advisor, Peace Corps (Washington, DC)
  • Consultant, Regenesis Group (Santa Fe, Mexico)
  • Princeton Bridge Year Coordinator, ProWorld Service Corps (San Francisco, California)
  • Internal Program Director, Project MotiVATe (Fountain Valley, California)
  • Student Affairs Manager, International Field Studies (Nelsonville, Ohio)
  • Senior Editor, Bread for the World USA (Washington, DC)
  • Placement Liaison Office, US Peace Corps (Washington, DC)
  • Program Development Officer, Samaritan's Purse International Relief (Boone, North Carolina)
  • Associate Field Office Coordinator, Global Health Action (Decatur, Georgia)
  • Country Director, AfricAid (Lakewood, Colorado)
  • Project Manager and Proposal Writer, FORMATEL (Haiti)
  • Consultant, Oro Savings and Sharing Cooperative (Philippines)
  • Intern, Protection Unit, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Switzerland)
  • Legal Development Intern, South East Asia Investigations into Social and Humanitarian Activities (Cambodia)
  • Program Associate, The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (Israel)
  • Program Coordinator, Taiwan Alliance to Combat Trafficking (Taiwan)

* Students find positions on their own with support from SIT's Career and Practicum Services Center.