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College Student Personnel program
Graduate Assistantships and Practicum Experiences
Graduate assistantship and practicum experiences align with the Theories to Practice value philosophy of the College Student Personnel (CSP) program. Students have a maximum of 5 professional work experiences during their time in the CSP program. These include; 2 graduate assistantship placements, two practicum experiences, and a summer internship. All CSP students hold a full time graduate assistantship during the program and participate in at least one practicum experience. These opportunities allow all students in the program to fully engage in the learning process throughout their time in the program. CSP students have the advantage of applying theories and concepts gained in the classroom to real life experiences within their professional work opportunities. By participating in graduate assistantships and practicum experiences, students gain professional skills, concepts, and knowledge to become outstanding entry-level student affairs practitioners who posses the knowledge and skills to facilitate the learning and development of students.
Look below for a full listing of graduate assistantships with position descriptions and a listing of practicum experiences typically completed by CSP students.
The CSP program offers more than 45 graduate assistantship opportunities in 17 offices on campus. As stated above, all CSP students hold a full time graduate assistantship during the program. During the second year of the program, students enroll in CSP 597 Internship I and CSP 598 Internship II. The academic courses support students through the experience and provide an academic curriculum to enhance the learning and professional work experience.
Students with full-time assistantships are work up to 20 hours per week and receive a monthly stipend and waiver of tuition. The current graduate assistant stipend amount is $943 per month or $7,544 per academic year. Graduate assistantships in University Housing and Dining Services additionally offer room and board benefits.
Examples of graduate assistantship opportunities:
- Academic Advisor in University Advising and
Academic Services Center
- Alumni Programs Graduate Assistant
- Assistant Complex Director in University Housing and Dining Services
- Greek Life Advisor in Office of Student Activities
- LGBTQA Resource Center Graduate Assistant
- Office of Admissions Graduate Assistant
- Office of Study Abroad Graduate Assistant
- Women's Center Graduate Assistant
Practicum experiences are an opportunity for CSP students to gain additional experience in a new or familiar student services functional area. Practicum opportunities take place in the Spring semester of the first year and the Fall semester of the second year. During the first practicum experience, students work an average of 8 hours per week while enrolled in CSP 561 Practicum in Student Affairs. During the second practicum experience, students work an average of 4 or 8 hours per week while enrolled in CSP 562 Advanced Practicum in Student Affairs. The academic courses support students through the experience and provide an academic curriculum to enhance the learning and professional work experience. The Advanced Practicum experience and academic course is an elective opportunity in the CSP degree requirement sequence.
Examples of practicum experiences:
- Discover Western with Undergraduate Admissions
- CSP 581 Group Dynamics Facilitator
- University Union Advisory Board Advisor
- Athletic Advising with Intercollegiate Athletics
- CSP Recruitment Activities
- Alternative Spring Break Advisor
- Teaching Assistant for CSP or Undergraduate Courses
- Create Your Own - CSP students are able to organize an independent practicum experience to gain a specific experience or skill.
A full list of practicum experiences will be available soon.