The practicum is field experience where you will work under a site supervisor for 90 contact hours for a 3-credit course and be tasked with the creation of a significant body of creative work or product during your experience. You are required to submit a presentation of completed practicum creative work during the midpoint and upon completion of the course in order to receive passing credit.
A 3-credit hour practicum requires that you work at least 90 hours.
Practicum credit hours must be completed within your degree. Practicums must be completed during the semester in which you are registered for the course.
We recommend that all students contact the Career Center to start the process of looking for a practicum – this is your first point of contact. They can help equip you with the resources needed to locate a suitable practicum opportunity. Look for the appointment link to request an appointment with a Career Counselor.
The Career Center has made it even easier for you to connect with professionals in your area and around the world. It is recommended that you visit our Career Fairs. Here you’ll have access to Liberty University’s ever-expanding network of professionals looking for new talent. This is an excellent opportunity for you to network and learn what positions are available. The Career Center website contains information for all Liberty talent, including residential, online, and alumni. All students have access to Career Counselors as well. Residential students meet in person, and online students have exclusive rights to phone appointments.
Additionally, the Career Center has created a resource for practicum opportunities through Handshake, a cloud-based solution that connects students and alumni with career opportunities and events. Handshake has more than 500 schools and over 9 million students and alumni in its network. 250,000+ employers and Fortune 500 companies actively use Handshake to recruit. You can find practicums and internships as well as full-time positions through Handshake.
You may acquire a position outside of the Career Center; however, there is important information you will need pertaining to paid and unpaid positions. In general, if you intern with a For-profit company/organization you should be paid at least minimum wage ($7.25 per hour) for all contact hours. Non-paid exceptions regarding For-profit field internships (includes the Practicum) can be found by reviewing Fact Sheet #71 through an internet search. Non-profits and government entities are exempt from the minimum wage payment requirement, but some of these are starting to pay as well. Whether your practicum is paid or not, the experience is what you are looking for, so measure carefully as to what you will gain through the experience when considering a practicum.
You must be directly supervised by a site supervisor who has a degree in your area of study or has considerable documented experience in the given field – at least 3-5 years of experience.
To be eligible for a practicum, you must have:
The process for registration is unique and there are specific steps that you must follow before you can gain entry. The practicum has an academic hold so that no student can register like a normal class. Upon successful completion of a contract, your faculty internship advisor will send a registration request to have you added to the class.
*Because the prerequisite approvals and contract take time to complete, you need to give yourself plenty of time to register. Contact Christopher Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The process for registration is unique and there are specific steps that you must follow before you can gain entry.
For all deadlines, see the LUO academic calendar. Contact Advising email@example.com with any questions.