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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. Assistantships include assignments in various areas of student affairs, such as residence life, Greek affairs, and academic advising. Admitted students are invited to campus for a 2-day event in early spring, during which they meet other students in the program, interact with faculty, and interview for assistantships. The 2019 event, called GA Days, will be held on February 17-18. Please note that a number of assistantship sites in the past have wished to conduct second interviews. We encourage you to make travel arrangements for late Tuesday (February 19) or Wednesday (February 20) to account for this possibility.

To be eligible for a graduate assistantship (GA'ship), 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 Practicum 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

Summer Internships

Some students also pursue internship opportunities beyond Northeast Ohio. Here are examples:

  • Jenna Bumstead (MEd 2017) had a summer 2016 internship at SUNY-Potsdam through NACADA
  • Amber Jolly (MEd 2014) had a summer 2013 internship in the Office of Fraternity/Sorority Life at LaFayette College (PA)
  • Alison Finn (MEd 2014) had a summer 2013 internship at George Mason University in their Office of International Programs and Services
  • Colette Armes (MEd 2014) had a 2013 summer internship in the Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion at Millikin University (IL)
  • Annalise Sinclair (MEd 2014) had a summer 2013 internship as an Orientation Coordinator at Pace University (NY)
  • Kelli Swackhamer (MEd 2013) had a 2012 summer internship with Advising Services at Columbus State Community College, and a winter (Jan-Feb) internship in the Office of Career Services at the University of Dayton
  • Elizabeth Bosworth (MEd 2013) had a 2013 summer internship in Service-Learning and Residence Life at the American University in Bulgaria.
  • Connie Brannon (MEd 2010) had a summer 2009 internship in the Career Resource Center at the University of Florida.

Competitive internships through NODA

  • Brad Mueller (MEd 2018) had a summer 2016 NODA internship at Indiana State University
  • Rebecaa Woskoff (MEd 2014) had a 2013 NODA internship with Lincoln College-Normal (IL)
  • Katie Blackley (MEd 2014) had a 2013 NODA internship at South Dakota State University
  • Billy Bernard (MEd 2011), in summer 2010, was at Ithaca College, and Krystal Dains (MEd 2011) was a Parent Programs Intern at Johnson & Wales University
  • In summer 2009, Kristen Rupert (MEd 2010) had an internship at East Carolina University, and Rebecca Fick was a Parent Programs intern at Johnson and Wales University

ACUHO-I Internships

  • Dane Paracuelles (MEd 2017) had a summer 2016 internship at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA) as the Administrative Coordinator for the Student Housing Office
  • Laura Hellwig (MEd 2018) had a summer 2016 internship at Youngstown State University in Housing & Residence Life
  • Elizabeth Ohlin (MEd 2017) had a summer 2016 internship at Marquette University (WI)
  • Philip Rathosky (MEd 2015) had a summer 2014 internship at Ohio University
  • Stacy Yue (MEd 2014) had a 2013 internship with Buffalo State College (SUNY)
  • Andy Lopinot (MEd 2011) had a summer 2010 internship at The New School University (NY)
  • Danielle Dimoff (MEd 2010) had an internship in summer 2009 with Brown University

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