Assistantships, Field Experiences

Assistantships, Field Experiences

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“The CSA program prepared me for “real world” experiences inside and outside of the office, which is something that sets this program apart from others. Classroom learning, while working at my graduate assistantship, truly gave me a feel for what life would be like after graduation, in a full-time student affairs position. From Day One, I was set up for success"

Sarah Griffiths

– Sarah Griffiths ’16, New Student Orientation Coordinator, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park

Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship (GA) is a financial package awarded to qualified graduate students in exchange for research or administrative duties at Bloomsburg University. In addition to helping you fund your graduate education, a GA is a terrific way to get practical experience in student affairs, advance your skills and employment prospects, and help you figure out what sort of work setting best suits you.

Assistantships are competitive. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to hold a GA and be enrolled in at least 9 credits for that academic term. For more information: http://www.bloomu.edu/gradschool/assistantships

Quite a few Bloomsburg University departments offer graduate assistantships as listed below.

Academic Advisement
Act 101 (HEOP program)
Admissions
Athletics – operations, assistant coaching
Center for Leadership and Engagement
DAWN Office
Diversity and Retention
Learning Communities
LGBTQA Resource Center
Math Lab
Military Office
Multicultural Student Services
New Student Orientation
QUEST
Residence Life and Housing
Student Activities
Student Conduct/Dean of Students Office
Student Union Operations
Supplemental Learning
University Tutorial Services
Upward Bound
Women’s Resource Center
Zeigler Center for Professional Development

If you are a university partner, interested in sponsoring or hosting a paid graduate assistantship position, please contact Mark Bauman, mbauman@bloomu.edu with details.

The Field Experience

The field experience is a required element of the CSA program and an important mechanism for the application of theory-to-practice. Sometimes called a practicum or internship, this is the capstone experience for the CSA program and is designed to be an educational and developmental experience. The objective is to help the student gain knowledge and skills in a student affairs area and within a postsecondary institution while putting “theory to practice” and exemplifying the scholar-practitioner philosophy. This is a unique opportunity for the student who has the benefit of guidance from a faculty member and a site supervisor who both have the student’s educational interests in mind. During the field experience students are to be thought of and treated as entry-level professional practitioners.

Our students partner with professionals at Bloomsburg University and institutions a bit further away to offer students a robust, professional level supervised experience. Brief descriptions of several previous field experiences noted here. Some of the campus offices that have offered field experiences include:

Academic Advisement Multicultural Student Services
Act 101 New Student Orientation
Admissions Residence Life and Housing
Athletics – operations Student Activities
Athletics – student advising Student Conduct
Diversity and Retention Upward Bound
International Student Services Zeigler Center for Professional Development
Kehr Student Union Living-Learning Communities
And more ...

Nearby field experience partners outside of Bloomsburg University have included:

    Bucknell University: Campus Activities and Programs, Career Services, Civic Engagement, and Residential Education Life

    Lackawanna College: Student Affairs/Career Services

    Lycoming College: Career Services and Student Counseling Services

    Muhlenberg College: Career Center

    Pennsylvania College of Technology: Academic Support Services, Career Services, Disability Services, and International Student Services

    Pennsylvania State University-Hazelton: Career Services, Residence Life, Student Activities

    Pennsylvania State University-Schuylkill: Student Activities

    University of Scranton: Multicultural Student Services and Residential Life

    Wilkes University: Career Services, Center for Global Education and Diversity

Our students have also completed field experiences farther away:

    Cedar Crest College: Women’s Leadership

    Drexel University: Commuter and Transfer Student Engagement and Student Leadership and Traditions

    Florida Gulf Coast University: Student Athletic Services

    James Madison University: Admissions

    Marymount University (CA): Student Activities and Leadership

    Northampton Community College: Student Counseling Center

    Queens University (NC): Athletics