The Leadership Practicum is a non-credit-bearing experience undertaken by students in the process of completing the Leadership Specialization. FSC-L believes that the Leadership Practicum was originally intended both to ensure that the specialization has an experiential component featuring real-world application and to leverage leadership development activities and competencies existing in the co-curriculum.

The following SUMMIT learning outcomes support the Practicum category in general. A specific Practicum experience must connect to all three of these learning outcomes:

  • Recognize, analyze, and employ effective teamwork
  • Analyze human behavior or social relations
  • Seek and utilize feedback

A Practicum experience should consist of at least 40 hours of activity over the course of the semester in which it is completed.   

The Practicum should be conducted following successful completion of the LDR 102 course and prior to the end of the semester preceding student’s graduation. For example, if the student is graduating in December, the practicum should be completed by the August before. The Practicum experience cannot be retroactive.

Students must register their practicum via this form during the semester in which it will be fulfilled. The deadline for Spring 2017 is March 1, 2017. 

FSC-L proposes that the Practicum requirement for the Leadership Specialization will be satisfied if the student completes one of the following three experiences and writes a reflective analysis linked to the experience:

1.) Implement the project proposed in LDR 200: Students may satisfy the Leadership Practicum by implementing their LDR 200 project proposals and writing an associated reflective analysis.  

  • Project implementation will occur in one of the two semesters following the conclusion of the LDR 200 course.
  • At least three team members from the LDR 200 project team must participate in implementation in order for it to count toward the Leadership Practicum.
  • Implementation teams may apply for seed money to fund their projects.
  • At the conclusion of the semester in which implementation takes place, the team will deliver to Faculty Summit Committee—Leadership a 2-to-3 page summary of the implementation process and outcomes.
  • At the conclusion of the semester in which implementation takes place, each individual on the team will deliver to Faculty Summit Committee—Leadership a 2-to-3 page reflective analysis of the project implementation experience.

2.) Complete an Off-Campus Internship: Students may satisfy the Leadership Practicum by completing an approved off-campus internship and writing an associated reflective analysis.

  • Students will get their proposed internship approved for Practicum status by the Office of Internship and Career Development in the semester before the internship takes place
  • Off-campus internships have the potential to serve as real-world laboratories in which students observe, analyze, and reflect upon leadership (or the absence of leadership) in action. At the conclusion of the semester in which the off-campus internship takes place, the student will deliver to the faculty member overseeing the 370 or 450 course a 2-to-3 page reflective analysis. 

3.) Complete a Pre-Approved On-Campus Activity: Students may satisfy the Leadership Practicum by completing an approved on-campus activity and writing an associated reflective analysis.

  • The following (but not limited to) on-campus activities are approved for the Leadership Practicum:
    • ASE Peer leader
    • Assistant Director—Stage Manager
    • Center for Writing and Speaking Tutor
    • D-Center Tutor 
    • Director (Theatre)
    • Music Theory Peer Tutor
    • Production Manager
    • Research Assistant
    • Resident Assistant
    • Safe Zone Coordinator
    • Student Athlete Advisory Committee
    • Student Government Association
    • Student Leader (Studio Dance Theatre)
    • Student Organization Leader 
    • Student Senate
    • SUMMIT Peer Advisor
  • At the conclusion of the semester in which the on-campus activity takes place, the student will deliver to the designated faculty or staff member overseeing the activity a 2-to-3 page reflective analysis.
  • If there is a role not listed that fulfills the outcomes of the Practicum experience, the advisor or supervisor should complete this online form for consideration.