Application Process for Practicum (HSS 381)

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.

Students planning to take HSS 381 during Winter Term must submit the HSS application no later than October 1st.

Students planning to take summer practicum will need to have the HSS application completed by March 1st.

Students planning to take the international practicum during Winter Term will need to complete the HSS application and complete the study abroad application through the Global Education Center (GEC). Priority application for GEC is early spring semester.

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 use 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 the names and email addresses in the application, a link to access a short recommendation form will automatically be sent.

Step 3

The completed application will be reviewed by the Field Coordinator to ensure all three references have been received and GPA requirements met. 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

For Winter Term practicum, the Field Coordinator will contact you to provide the name of the agency, contact information, 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!

For summer practicum, distant placements are allowed which allows students to find their own placement in a location of their choosing.  You must work closely with the Field Coordinator for agency approval and coordination of paperwork.

Practicum placements need to be confirmed no later than December 1st for Winter Term and no later than May 1st for summer practicum.