The Division of Student Affairs at Binghamton University offers a limited number of assistantships each academic year to graduate students enrolled in the Student Affairs Administration Program. Graduate students that are interested in applying for available assistantships should complete the official Division of Student Affairs Application for Graduate Assistantship and apply by February 1st (for highest priority) unless noted otherwise. You must be a full time student to qualify for a graduate assistantship position. If you are a conditional/provisional admit or you are on probabtion, you are not eligible to obtain a graduate assistantship position.
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Required internship experience
Internships provide new professionals an opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience under the leadership of an experienced practitioner. Through working in student affairs units, students learn how to apply the theory and concepts they are learning in the classroom to real life situations. They also gain a better sense of their particular areas of interest within student affairs and have a chance to develop the skills they will need to be successful in the field. Therefore, all students are required to participate in at least one internship experience while enrolled in the program. However, we recognize that some students in the program will be experienced professionals enrolled in order to gain advanced academic credentials and/or training for upward mobility. Therefore, students who have professional experience in the field of Student Affairs (i.e., 3+ years of service) may be exempt from having to complete the internship experience at the discretion of their faculty adviser. Students will be required to take an additional course in the major areas of study as a replacement. Because the internship experience is designed to expand the student's current knowledge of theory and practice, students will not be permitted to do an internship in an office where they have previous work experience, where they currently work, or currently serve as a graduate assistant. Any questions regarding internships should be presented to the department chair.
Students will be permitted to register for the internship experience only after they have fully matriculated into the program, completed the 15 credit-hour student affairs core curriculum, obtained a grade-point average of B or better, and submitted a completed Internship Proposal with signatures indicating approval by the site supervisor where they intend to work and their faculty adviser. While the time equivalents (156 clock hours) are the basis for these options, the intent here is to afford students who may be working and attending school simultaneously flexibility in their scheduling options. The final product for the internship experience will be a written report outlining aspects of the student's learning experience based on the objectives identified in the Internship Proposal.
Internship format options: (minimum of 3 credits=156 clock hours)
Full-time internship (one semester)
Fall or spring = 156 clock hours
ex: 13-weeks @ 12-hours/week
Half-time internship (one academic year)
Fall + spring = 156 clock hours
ex: 26-weeks @ 6-hours/week
Flexible half-time internship (one semester + summer)
Fall or spring + summer = 156 clock hours
ex: 13-weeks @ 6-hours/week + 78-hours/summer semester
Summer = 156 clock hours