Practicum

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A practicum is both an opportunity for students to learn by doing and an opportunity for action and reflection. A practicum includes a placement at an outside organization, along with an academic component that involves regular meetings with a faculty member and a staff member in Community Partnerships, and usually culminates in participation in the College poster session and a final reflective paper.

2019-2020 Courses

Practicum

SLCeeds: Ideas From Concept to Creation

Sophomore and above , Practicum—Spring

This course provides current knowledge and research in several areas of entrepreneurship (e.g., social, for-profit, nonprofit), offering students the opportunity to apply this learning for taking an idea from concept to creation. All students will engage in the process within the context of an idea developed by students in the course. Students will experience a full-process cycle so that they can begin the journey of mastering these skills. Assignments will involve readings, research, and tracking the various steps of the process, culminating in a final presentation of the idea. All grades will be Pass/Fail. Students taking the course for five credits will be expected to develop and submit a final project or paper. Students participating in an internship may earn academic credit for the internship with this course, though an internship is not required. Sophomore, junior, and senior students on internship or externship placements are invited to join this course for 3 or 5 credits. Students enrolling for three credits, in addition to the regular 15-credit course load, may attend the class from the beginning but may add it to their registration only during the second week of classes, February 3-7. International students holding F1 visas should consult International Student Advisor Shirley Bé prior to accepting an internship. Visa regulations impose special requirements on off-campus employment.

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Exploring the Work of Community-Based Agencies: Linking Theory and Practice

Sophomore and above , Practicum—Fall and Spring

Registration for this course takes place during the previous semester.

According to NonProfit Westchester, a local advocacy group, nonprofits make up 13.6% of the total workforce in Westchester. The goal of this 2-3 credit course is to offer students the chance to develop, through readings and direct work, a deeper understanding of community-based work and of a nonprofit that has a strong partnership with the College. Largely through journal writing, students will engage in the process of action and reflection to explore and learn about community-based work. Some questions that this course will address include: What is a community, what is community-based work, and what is a nonprofit? Who are the people served by the agency in which you work? What are some of the complexities that the agency faces? What is the agency's mission? How does a nonprofit agency develop and change over time, and how does it determine the kind of community-based work it will do? How does an agency determine the success of its work? What are the funding sources, and what are the some of the social forces that impact the work of each agency and the people it serves? Students will meet throughout the term for a weekly one-hour seminar with the director of the Office of Community Partnerships. Students will also select a faculty sponsor with whom to discuss articles and journal entries throughout the semester. All students will participate in the end-of-semester poster session and write a 7- to 10-page paper on an aspect of their work over the semester, which brings together their reflections and experiences and readings. The number of students who will be able to take this course will vary according to the number of faculty available for any given semester. A maximum of 12 students will be able to join this course each semester.