The practicum course within the Department of Communication is intended to allow students to work closely with faculty on an applied learning opportunity. A practicum experience differs from an internship in that your practicum supervisor is a faculty member within the department. And, a practicum differs from an independent study in its explicitly applied learning mode.
A practicum experience generally falls into one of two categories.
(1) An instructional experience where a student works closely with a faculty member to help deliver some portion of a course. The emphasis here must on helping student learning.
(2) A production experience where a student develops specific applied skills through the production of communication or media project.
Regardless of which type of practicum you are interested, please note that all practicum must comply with Boise State Policy #4080 concerning instructional credit hours. These are 15 hours of direct faculty instruction, and 30 hours of out-of-class student work.
How to apply for practicum:
First, find a faculty member with whom you would like to work. Discuss a potential instructional or production project.
Second, complete the university FERPA training.
Third, download the form below and complete it with your supervising faculty member.
Fourth, submit the completed and signed form to the Department of Communication’s main office: Communication Building room#111.