Practicum Opportunities

The Office of Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP) regularly offers practicum experiences for graduate students in Miami’s Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) program. Past practicum students have focused on student leader selection and training; publications; managing the orientation office; and supporting the academic advising portion of orientation. Practicum students are generally recruited through the SAHE program in mid to late fall semester. If you have questions about practicum opportunities with OTP, please contact our office at 513-529-9771 or email orientation@MiamiOH.edu.

Spring 2017 Practicum Opportunities

The Office of Orientation and Transition Programs is offering two distinct practicum experiences for the Spring 2017 semester. Position descriptions for the SOUL Leadership Assistant Practicum and the Orientation Print and Digital Communications Practicum can be found below. 

Selection Timeline

  • October 3, 2016: applications available
  • October 19, 2016: applications due
  • October 24 - 28, 2016: candidate conversations with office staff
  • November 1, 2016: positions offered

Application Information

Interested SAHE students should submit an application for one or both OTP practicum experiences through the Spring Practicum Application Form by October 19, 2016 at 11:59pm.

Questions?

Should you encounter questions about OTP practicum experiences or the application process, please contact Elizabeth Walsh, Assistant Director of Orientation and Transition Programs, by emailing walshek@MiamiOH.edu or calling 513-529-9771.

The Office of Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP) recognizes the importance of valuable practical experience for students studying in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program, and is excited to offer an Orientation Communications practicum opportunity for the Spring 2017 semester. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills and be able to work on deadline. You will work directly with the Assistant Director of Orientation and Transition Programs.  Although the following description provides many responsibilities, our Office is flexible in creating an experience that fits you. The Office of Orientation and Transition Programs practicum experience includes some combination of the following opportunities:

Orientation Print & Digital Communications Practicum

Publications

  • Work with the Assistant Director to develop and distribute multiple e-newsletters geared towards first-year students, transfer students, and relocation students
  • Significant leadership in updating our Summer Orientation Registration Guide and/or Discover Magazine, which are distributed to over 4,000 new students. This work may include…
    • Conducting a publication audit of the office’s publications while considering/discussing the ways in which publications communicate norms, priorities, and other messages to their audiences
    • Suggesting improvements for OTP publication content or format based on existing and desired messages
    • Connect with departments across campus to update OTP publication content
    • Write and edit new text for OTP publications
    • Working with University Communications and the Printing Consortium to arrange details for printed pieces

Social Media

  • Design and propose a social media plan for spring and summer that includes Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, etc. for OTP. This may also include Snapchat.
  • Create regular social media content to be posted on the OTP social media pages
  • Track social media analytics that serve as key performance indicators for the office
  • Complete Hootsuite Podium Social Media training

App Building

  • Explore and learn about the Guidebook app and Guidebook app builder
  • Update and revise existing content on the Orientation and Welcome Week app
  • Create a Campus Guide to be used at orientation and throughout the academic year

Other

  • Learn more about Orientation and Transition Programs and orientation as a career path
  • Work with the OTP website, if the practicum student desires
  • Develop and propose an educational session for the NODA Region 7 conference
  • Attend the NODA Region 7 conference
    • March 10-12
    • Cleveland, OH
  • Additional opportunities may be available upon request

SOUL Leadership Assistant Practicum

The graduate student in this role will work on a team with the Assistant Director of OTP and two Orientation Student Coordinators, along with completing some work individually.  Although the following description provides many responsibilities, our office can be flexible in creating an experience that fits the interests and goals of the successful applicant.

The SOUL Leadership Assistant practicum experience includes the following opportunities:

  • Serve as a consultant/mentor to two Orientation Student Coordinators (undergraduate students)
  • Collaborate with Orientation Student Coordinators and professional staff to recruit and select 24 SOULs for the 2017 team.
    • Read and evaluate SOUL applications
    • Assist in determining SOUL group interview initiatives
    • Interview SOUL applicants in individual and group settings
    • Contribute to SOUL hiring decisions and discussions to select a diverse team of student leaders
  • Assist with planning and implementation of the 2-credit SOUL leadership class for academic credit or SOUL training
  • Contribute to planning and facilitation of SOUL Symposium, a full-day student leader retreat
  • Develop and propose an educational session for the NODA Region 7 conference
  • Attend the NODA Region 7 conference
    • March 10 – 12, 2017
    • Cleveland, OH
  • Revise and use SOUL learning outcomes as a framework for designing SOUL training/class sessions
  • Develop and implement an tools to measure effectiveness or impact for SOUL training/class
  • Other opportunities and special areas of interest available upon request & availability