Master of Arts in International Education (On Campus)

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 international education 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.

  • Heidi Bohn

    "It seems impossible to describe all I learned, contributed to, and brought away from this experience."

    --Heidi Bohn

    Read more about the field experience Heidi gained as a student on SIT’s International Education MA program.

  • Jessica Sztaimberg

    "I felt extremely prepared to work at the university level after a year on campus at SIT."

    --Jessica Sztaimberg

    Read more about the field experience Jessica gained as a student on SIT’s International Education MA program.


    Recent practicum placements held by students in the international education program include:

    United States

    • International Admissions Counselor, University of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, Indiana)
    • Advisor, International Students, Johnson & Wales University (Providence, Rhode Island)
    • Re-Entry Program Coordinator, SIT Study Abroad (Brattleboro, Vermont)
    • International Education Coordinator, Greenville Technical College (Greenville, South Carolina)
    • Study Abroad Advisor, St. Norbert College (De Pere, Wisconsin)
    • Coordinator, AFS Intercultural Programs (New York, New York)
    • Program Representative, World Heritage (Henderson, Colorado)
    • Program Coordinator of International Student Activities, Presbyterian College (Clinton, South Carolina)
    • Marketing Coordinator, Center for Cross-Cultural Study (Amherst, Massachusetts)
    • Interpreter Coordinator, Refugee Development Center (Lansing, Michigan)
    • International Visitors Program Intern, World Affairs Council of Seattle (Seattle, Washington)
    • Science Department Fellow, City on a Hill Charter School (Roxbury, Massachusetts)
    • Cross-Cultural Communications Intern, Nebraska Electronics (La Vista, Nebraska)
    • Program Coordinator, International Language Institute (Northampton, Massachusetts)


    • Assistant Field Office Coordinator, Semester at Sea (multi-site)
    • NGO Development Volunteer, Peace Corps Uganda
    • Coordinator of Volunteers, Yanapuma Foundation (Quito, Ecuador)
    • Student Affairs Manager, The School for Field Studies (San Carlos, Mexico)
    • ESL Teacher/Teacher Trainer, Peace Corps (China)
    • Graduate Intern, Fulbright Colombia Commission (Bogota, Colombia)
    • International Education Coordinator, ProWorld Mexico (Oaxaca, Mexico)
    • Civil Employee, Department of Education, Jayapura Municipal Government (Papua, Indonesia)
    • Intern, The Umbra Institute (Perugia, Italy)

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

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