Assistantships & Internships

Our students have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in academic and student affairs offices, both at Kent State and in a variety of other types of institutions in the area.


Many HIED students gain valuable work experience and receive help to finance their education through graduate assistantships at colleges and universities throughout northeast Ohio. A 20-hour per week graduate assistantship position is required in order to be admitted to the M.Ed. program; assistantships are optional for Ed.S. and Ph.D. students. Assistantships include assignments in various areas of student affairs, such as residence life, Greek affairs, and academic advising. Invited applicants to the MEd program will have the opportunity to come to campus for GA Days in early spring, during which they meet other students in the program, interact with faculty, and interview for assistantships. Please note that a number of assistantship sites in the past have wished to conduct second interviews. We encourage you to make travel arrangements to account for this possibility.

Applicants to the Ed.S. and Ph.D. programs who are interested in obtaining an assistantship should apply by December 1, and notify the program coordinator of their interest in order to be considered for participation in GA Days.

To be eligible for a graduate assistantship (GAship), you will be required to complete the GA Application; the link to this application will be provided to you upon your admission to the program.


Master's students are required to complete 2 internships for their program; an additional 3rd internship may be used as an elective on one's plan of study (a maximum of 9 credit hours of internship can count toward the degree). Students can learn more about the internship/practicum experience through the Internship Syllabus and Manual.

To apply for a practicum/internship opportunity, please complete the Internship Practicum Application and return to Dr. Thomas,, 401-K White Hall, or bring to the practicum meeting on the first Friday of the semester in which you will be doing your practicum/internship.

Practicum (Internship) Fair

The Practicum Fair, sponsored by GRASPP, is held each year in the fall. It features higher education professionals seeking practicum students and provides opportunities for current students to hear a short presentation and talk with prospective site supervisors.

additional Practicum/Internship forms

Below is a list of some of the sites at which students have completed internships and practica during the semester at colleges and universities throughout northeast Ohio (and beyond).

Ashland University

  • Career Development Center
  • Orientation
  • Residence Life
  • Wellness and Recreation

Baldwin-Wallace College

  • Financial Aid
  • Judicial Affairs
  • Multicultural Affairs
  • Office of Student Affairs
  • Residence Life
  • Student Activities
  • Study Abroad & Exploration

Case Western Reserve University

  • Greek Life
  • Residence Life
  • Student Activities and Leadership

CCC Corporate College

  • Office of the Executive Director

Cleveland Institute of Art

  • Academic Services
  • Student Life and Housing

Cleveland State University

  • Leadership

Cuyahoga Community College

  • Key Career Place

Hiram College

  • Admissions
  • Career Center
  • Development
  • Ethnic Diversity Affairs
  • Financial Aid
  • Student Activities

John Carroll University

  • Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Student Activities

Kent State University - Kent

  • Admissions
  • Adult Student Services
  • Alumni Relations
  • Athletics
  • Bureau of Research Training and Services
  • Career Exploration and Development
  • Center for Student Involvement
  • CICP/International Students
  • College of Education, Health, and Human Development (advising, faculty support)
  • College of Nursing (academic advising)
  • Dean of Students/Ombudsman
  • Exploratory Advising Center
  • Financial Aid
  • Greek Life
  • Health Services
  • Hillel Jewish Student Center
  • International Admissions
  • Office of Diversity & Academic Initiatives
  • Orientation
  • PASS (Placement, Advising, and Scheduling System)
  • Read Center (international education)
  • Research, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness
  • Residence Services
  • Science Learning Community
  • Student Disability Services
  • Undergraduate Advising
  • University Architect
  • University Orientation
  • Upward Bound
  • Williamson Alumni Center
  • Women's Resource Center

Kent State University-Geauga

  • Academic Support Services

Kent State University - Stark Campus

  • Career Exploration and Development
  • Student Activities

Malone College

  • Advising and Testing

Mercyhurst College

  • Residence Life
  • Student Conduct


  • Academic Affairs
  • Office of Student Support
  • Admissions

Notre Dame College 

  • Admissions
  • Career Services Center
  • Dean of Student Development

Ohio State University

  • Student Activities, Mansfield campus

Slippery Rock University

  • Intercultural Programs
  • Judicial Programs

University of Akron

  • Admissions

University of Mount Union

  • Office of Career Development
  • Office of Residence Life
  • Office of Student Involvement & Leadership
  • The First Year Experience
  • Office of Service Learning and Community Service

Ursuline College

  • Counseling and Career Services
  • Residence Life
  • Student Activities

Youngstown State University

  • Student Activities