Master of Arts in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management (Self-Designed)

Field Experience and Professional Practicum

Apply the knowledge and skills you acquire in the classroom while engaging in the field of international education in real-world settings.

International and US-Based Intensive Courses
Students have the option of completing a short-term intensive course at sites in the US or abroad. Typically ranging in duration from one-four weeks, recent intensives have been offered in Washington, DC, Bangladesh, Mexico, and Turkey.

Intensive field courses offer students pursuing an MA in intercultural service, leadership, and management the chance to interact with practitioners in the field, learn on-site, and expand professional networking. Short-term intensives are typically offered in January. Learn more about the intensive field courses.

Professional Practicum
Following the on-campus coursework phase, each student completes a professional practicum with an organization of his/her choosing.* The practicum must be related to the student’s coursework and career goals and be for a minimum of six months. Practicums may be paid professional positions or unpaid internships.

During this period - referred to as the Reflective Practice Phase - students remain engaged with faculty and other students and receive course credit for documenting the integration of their knowledge and skills working in a professional context.

Practicum placements provide in-depth, hands-on learning; enhance résumés; and expand professional contacts.

  • Leah Antil

    "Every component of my reflective practice phase included academic and professional development."

    --Leah Antil

    Read more about the field experience Leah gained as a student on SIT’s self-designed MA program.

  • Recent practicum placements held by students in the self-designed MA program include:

    Darielle Horsey on her practicum at OneWorld Now! based in Seattle, Washington

    United States

    • Field Coordinator, American Red Cross (Washington, DC)
    • Program Coordinator, The Mariposa DR Foundation (Ithaca, New York)
    • Program Coordinator, Spark Teacher Education Institute (Putney, Vermont)
    • Programs Administrator, Shared Hope International (Vancouver, Washington)
    • Outreach and Education Intern, Democracy Now! (New York, New York)
    • Municipal Development Advisor, Peace Corps (Washington, DC)
    • Consultant, Regenesis Group (Santa Fe, Mexico)
    • Princeton Bridge Year Coordinator, ProWorld Service Corps (San Francisco, California)
    • Internal Program Director, Project MotiVATe (Fountain Valley, California)
    • Student Affairs Manager, International Field Studies (Nelsonville, Ohio)
    • Senior Editor, Bread for the World USA (Washington, DC)
    • Placement Liaison Office, US Peace Corps (Washington, DC)
    • Program Development Officer, Samaritan's Purse International Relief (Boone, North Carolina)
    • Assoc Field Office Coordinator, Global Health Action (Decatur, Georgia)
    • Country Director, AfricAid (Lakewood, Colorado)


    • Project Manager and Proposal Writer, FORMATEL (Haiti)
    • Consultant, Oro Savings and Sharing Cooperative (Philippines)
    • Intern, Protection Unit, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Switzerland)
    • Legal Development Intern, South East Asia Investigations into Social and Humanitarian Activities (Cambodia)
    • Program Associate, The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (Israel)
    • Program Coordinator, Taiwan Alliance to Combat Trafficking (Taiwan)

    Students find positions on their own with support from SIT's Career Services.

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