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Frequently asked questions

Here you will find some of our most frequently asked questions about the Practicum placement. If you don't see your question here, you can contact the Practicum team at or visit our office at Bordessa Hall, fourth floor.

  • What is the Practicum?
    The Practicum is an intensive, challenging and competitive academic course offered to a limited number of fourth-year students. It is an elective course with a placement component and in-class component. The placement represents 100 hours (unpaid) over the course of one academic semester.
  • What are the benefits of participating in the Practicum?
    Participating in a 100-hour Practicum placement allows students to gain targeted workplace experience and explore the real-life meaning of their degree. After completing the placement and accompanying course, students will benefit from an expanded professional network, first-hand knowledge of career directions and transferable skills that directly relate to their field of study and long-term career goals.
  • Is there a GPA requirement to participate in the Practicum?

    To ensure the best experience for both students and host organizations, Practicum students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) and fourth-year standing (84 credit hours) to be eligible to participate.

  • Am I required to find my own Practicum placement?

    Students are not required to find their own placement. The Practicum office works with each student to secure an appropriate placement opportunity. Each student represents a unique range of interests, goals, experience, expectations and abilities, and placement matches are calibrated accordingly.

    Students wishing to co-ordinate their own placement should contact the Practicum office to make arrangements.

  • If I accept a placement, can I continue to apply and interview with other organizations?

    In fairness to host organizations and other students, once a student has accepted a placement, they are no longer eligible to apply or interview for other positions.

  • Is there is a designated placement day? How is the schedule determined?

    There is no designated placement day and scheduling determined by the student and host organization. Students are encouraged to determine a schedule that will fit their needs and the needs of the organization. Depending on the start date, students should expect to attend placement for eight to 10 hours each week (e.g. once a week (eight-hour shift) or twice a week (five-hour shifts)).