Assistantships, Field Experiences

Assistantships, Field Experiences

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Keashla Marengo

“Gaining practical experiences in a variety of departments in higher education helped me gain vital skills to succeed in supporting students and collaborating with colleagues in my current position. When I interviewed for this job, one of my interviewers stated ‘When I looked at your resume, I felt as if this position was written for you!’ In addition to gaining relevant field experience at Bloomsburg and Pennsylvania College of Technology, each of my inspirational and supporting supervisors taught me valuable lessons I have applied to my position as an educator and professional in higher education.”

– Keashla Marengo ‘ 14, Academy of the Arts University

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:

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

Academic Advisement

Act 101 (HEOP program)


Alumni and Career Professional Services

Academic Planning and Assessment

Athletics – student advising

Center for Leadership and Engagement

Childcare Services

Counseling Services

Diversity and Retention

Living-Learning Communities

Multicultural Student Services

New Student Orientation


Residence Life and Housing

Student Activities

Student Conduct

Tutorial Services

Upward Bound

Zeigler Center for Professional Development

And others ...

If you are a university partner, interested in sponsoring or hosting a paid graduate assistantship position, please contact Mark Bauman, 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