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Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When is the Field Experience seminar (ED976 and ED 977) offered?

A. Students participate in the Field Experience program for one academic year. In the Fall semester students take ED 976 (2 credits) and in the Spring semester students take ED 977 (1 credit). These semester courses will meet every other week during the semester and provide an opportunity for you to learn first-hand about professional activities in a wide range of areas and to discuss your experiences with your peers. Participation in field experiences requires 10-12 hours of work per week in a placement over the course of an academic year.

Q.Do I have to participate in the Field Experience if I already have experience in higher education administration?

A. If you have three years of significant, full-time administration experience in the field of higher education, the field experience requirement may be waived. A field experience is strongly encouraged to gain first-hand experience on the inner operations of an existing office, to experience the development and ownership of one or more projects, to test potential career interests, and to develop self-confidence as a future administrator.

Q.How many credits will I receive for my internship?
A. Three. Two credits in the Fall (ED976) and one credit in the Spring (ED977).

Q.May I seek out my own placement?
A. Absolutely. Use your contacts, friends, professional resource people, etc. If desired, contact a particular institution for openings or seek out positions of interest in specific fields at several colleges. Professional associations can also serve as internship sites. Please note that all internships must receive approval by Dr. Heather Rowan-Kenyon prior to final confirmation of the placement.

Q. Is field experience offered over the summer?
A. Field experience placements for credit are only offered during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Q.What forms of potential compensation and/or benefits exist for internships?
A. Approximately 50 percent of all opportunities have no compensation or benefits attached to them. The remainder may have benefits such as an hourly wage, a flat semester stipend, or support for professional development opportunities (e.g., a local conference, and/or a skills development program). Graduate assistantships in administrative offices may also qualify for field experience.

Q.When should I begin looking for an internship?
A. Students may apply for field experience following admission to the program. Most students begin the internship application process during the spring and summer before the fall semester.