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Division of Student Affairs

Graduate Practicum Training Program

Dear Prospective Applicant:

Welcome to the website of the Division of Student Affairs Practicum Program. 
We appreciate your interest in completing your practicum hours with our department. Please review the tabs below to review you the information you need to choose your practicum site.  If you have any additional questions or comments, please feel free to call or email Dr. Terri Smith at or call (601) 266-6450.

Practicum Program Description 

The practicum enables student to acquire experience and competencies in various domains of high education administration. The practicum is a significant role in bridging “theory and practice”. It offers the context for students to develop their personal administrative and leadership style. It is through the practicum experience students develop enhanced professional knowledge such as knowledge of people, knowledge of themselves, self-control and interpersonal sensitivity. In addition, the practicum reinforces soft skills such as independent problem-solving, working collegially with higher education administrators and developing professional values and attitudes. During the practicum experience, students are mentored and guided by their Site Supervisor and faculty of the university (assigned to the practicum student).

Practicum Policies 

Application Deadline & Process

  • You must complete the application within 2 weeks before the semester starts.
  • You must complete all forms in the application packet in order to be considered for the practicum.
  • Once your application is received, you will be contacted through the email provided, and notified if there is any additional information required.

Internship Instructor

Dr. Holly Foster
Assistant Professor
Higher Education/Student Affairs Program
118 College Drive #5057
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

For more information regarding the Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.) in Higher Education program, Click Here.

If you have any questions concerning the internship or the application you may call or email: Terri.SmithFREEMississippi or 601.266.6450



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