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Practica are opportunities for HESA students to explore functional areas of higher education and student affairs. These practice experiences are opportunities for students to integrate theory and practice; identify, enhance, and/or develop skills, knowledge and abilities; and find a unique path to success.

During these practicum internships, 9 hours per week are dedicated to a higher education or student affairs administrative office. Students negotiate a project(s) or set of responsibilities to be completed within the time frame of the semester-long practicum. 


    Develop and use a professional and ethical orientation to practice;

    Develop skills and appreciation for applying theories and research to understand and improve performance;

    Use observation, action, and reflection to build relevant competencies in higher education and student affairs settings;

    Explore the various cultures and functions of student affairs and higher education;

    Work in a teaching-learning environment where supervisors with knowledge about student affairs and higher education promote your understanding of the functions, responsibilities, and relationships of the unit;

    Interact with supervisors to learn the standards for professional, high quality work;

    Gain an appreciation for the institutional and external contexts in which practice is conducted;

    Foster professional, collegial relationships.

    Gain an in-depth understanding of one area of student affairs work and share that understanding with others in the class.

(sites are subject to change on an annual basis):

Champlain College   
IDX Student Life Center
Life Experience and Action Dimension Program

Community College of Vermont
Admissions Office
Advising Center, Winooski

Middlebury College   
International Programs
Residential Life
Outdoor Programs and Club Sports

St. Michael's College   
Vermont Campus Compact

University of Vermont
Admissions Office
ALANA and Ethnic Studies Administration
ALANA Student Center Assessment and Retention
Assistant Dean for Conduct, Policy, and Climate
Assistant Dean, Recruitment and Assistantship Placement
Athletics:  Campus Recreation
Career Center:  Director
Career Center:  Non-Profit Community Engagement
Career Center:  Service Learning
Center for Cultural Pluralism:  Cultural and Social Justice Course
Center for Student Ethics and Standards
Community University Partnerships
Conference and Event Services
Cooperative Christian Ministry
College of Education and Social Services, Assessment and Accreditation
Davis Center: Student Organizations Event Planning
Dean of Students Office:  HESA Student Recruitment
Development and Alumni Relations, Alumni and Parent Programs
Enrollment Management
Fleming Museum
HESA Assistant to the Coordinator for Admissions
LGBTQA Services
Living/Learning Center Director's Office
Local Government and University Relations
Residential Life:  Administration
Residential Life:  Residential Education
Rubenstein School:  Environment and Natural Resources Career Services
Rubenstein School:  Student Engagement Project
Student Financial Services
Student Life Office:  Orientation and Parent Relations
Student Life Office:  UVM Campus Programs
Student Life Office:  Club Sports
Student Life Office:  Director, Student Life and Davis Center
Student Life Office:  First Year Program, Retention and Student Life
Student Life Office:  Fraternity and Sorority Life
Student Life Office:  Leadership and Civic Engagement Programs
UVM Foundation
UVM Hillel
Women's Center

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
Vermont Student Assistance Corp (VSAC) Undergraduate Programs