Assistantships and Field Experiences

Assistantships and Field Experiences

At Bloomsburg University, we value our students having hands-on experience. Within the College Student Affairs program, our students strive to experience multiple institutional cultures across various functional areas and departments. Historically, all eligible CSA students have held graduate assistantship (GA) positions. As part of the academic program, students also complete two field experiences, working in a student affairs department. These opportunities provide an enriched and diverse experience that sets students up for career success.

Graduate Assistantships

A 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 Coaching
  • Academic Support: Tutorial Services, Math Lab, Supplemental Learning
  • Act 101 (HEOP program)
  • Admissions: Graduate and Undergraduate
  • Anchor Program for Foster Youth
  • Athletics – Academic Support, Operations, Assistant Coaching
  • Career Services/Alumni and Professional Engagement
  • Counseling and Wellness at Susquehanna University
  • Diversity and Inclusion at Susquehanna University
  • Diversity and Retention/Board of Governor’s Scholars
  • Freeman College of Management Experiential Programs at Bucknell University
  • Honors College
  • Learning Communities
  • LGBTQA Resource Center
  • Military Office
  • Multicultural Student Services
  • New Student Orientation
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Campus Recreation
  • Residential Education, Housing Operations, Camps/Conferences
  • Sports Information
  • Student Activities
  • Student Conduct
  • Title IX Educational Programming
  • 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 Denise Davidson, with details.

Bre Pillar
“I was a graduate assistant in the ACT 101/HEOP Program my entire time at Bloomsburg. I had experience working for summer programs in my undergraduate career at Mansfield University and loved the time I spent in the ACT 101 office. The ACT 101 students were my favorite part of the job. I completed a field experience in the Academic Advising office at BU and also enjoyed my time there because that really solidified what I wanted to do after I graduated from Bloomsburg.”

Bre Pillar ’16, Retention Specialist, Coppin State University

Field Experience

The field experience is a required academic, credit-bearing 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 other institutions to offer students a robust and professional level supervised experience.

Some of the offices 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
Kings College: Residence Life and Tutorial/Disability Services
Lackawanna College: Career Services, Student Conduct
Lycoming College: Career Services, LycoPrep, New Student Orientation, Student Counseling Services, Student Programs and Leadership Development
Marywood University: New Student Orientation
Muhlenberg College: Career Center
Pennsylvania College of Technology: Academic Support Services, Career Services, Disability Services, Residence Life, Student Activities, Sand International Student Services
Pennsylvania State University-Hazelton: Career Services, Residence Life, Student Activities
Pennsylvania State University-Schuylkill: Student Activities
Susquehanna University: Counseling & Wellness, Diversity & Inclusion, Fraternity & Sorority Affairs, New Student Orientation, 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
Lafayette College: Residence Life
Lehigh University: Academic Support
Luzerne County Community College: Retention and Tutorial Services
Marymount University (CA): Student Activities and Leadership
Northampton Community College: Student Counseling Center
Queens University (NC): Athletics
Temple University: Student Athlete Advising
University of Central Florida: New Student Orientation
University of Texas at Arlington: Residence Life
Winthrop University: New Student Orientation
Young Harris College (GA): Residence Life

Mike McGurl
“The CSA program gave me the experience and knowledge I needed to find fulfilling employment right out of graduation. The course work provides a fantastic view of student affairs, provides so many diverse viewpoints and perspectives, and the faculty is caring, kind, dedicated, and knowledgeable.”

Mike McGurl ’12, Area Coordinator, Bloomsburg University