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Application Process for Practicum (HSS 381)

NOTE:  The Practicum application has two steps - application AND references.

Step 1
If you are registered as a HSS major or minor, you will receive a courtesy email to prompt you to apply for HSS 381 by accessing the online application. An early request for applications is typically sent mid February to students planning on taking practicum during Winter Term.  Yes, this is early but it is helpful to have as many students as possible sign up early so we can process the applications and estimate the number of students planning to take this course. A second application request will be sent early September to pick up any students that need to enroll in this course. You only need to apply once. Therefore, if you applied in February, you can ignore the second call for applications in early September.

No applications for HSS 381 will be accepted after October 1st.

Students planning to take summer practicum will apply when the call for applications is released mid-February.  Applications for summer practicum are typically due by March 1st.

Step 2
Once you are notified to apply for practicum, access the online application via the link above. To login, you will need to use your  full Elon email address for the username and then user your regular password. 

As part of the application process, you will be prompted to identify three faculty who will submit a recommendation on your behalf.  One of the recommendations must be a Human Service Studies faculty member.  Once you submit their name and email address in the application, they will be sent a link to access a short recommendation form.

Step 3
Your completed application will be reviewed by the Field Coordinator and approved/disapproved by the HSS department.
Your application will be reviewed to ensure we have all three references and you meet the GPA requirements. If there is a problem with your application, you will be contacted.

IMPORTANT: You must enroll in this course through the registrar's office. Completing the HSS 381 application doesn’t enroll you in the course.

Step 4
Practicum placements are typically confirmed no later than mid December. Once a placement has been confirmed, the Field Coordinator will contact you and provide you with the name of the agency and instructions on how to proceed.
It is extremely important to follow all the instructions in a timely manner.  Most students will have to schedule an interview, complete paperwork, and a background check.  These tasks can take time — don't delay!


SUMMER HSS 381
Application process follows the same process as noted above.
IMPORTANT: Applications for summer term practicum are due 18 March.