ACADEMICS

  • Internships, Practicums, & Clinicals

    Here at Worcester State University, we believe that integrating on-the-job experience—like internships, practicums, and clinicals—into the academic experience is an important component of a good education. According to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, when you participate in an internship, you have a competitive advantage over those students who do not. New graduates with paid internship experience reported starting salaries more than 20% higher than those who did not hold internships during their time in college.
     
    At Worcester State, internships, practicums, and clinicals are coordinated by the Career Services Offices or by individual academic departments. Here are the basics:

    Internships

    Our internships are designed to give you meaningful work experience in your major while at the same time allowing you to explore an industry, company, or career. WSU internships are typically a semester long and provide a strategic opportunity to apply everything you’ve learned in the classroom or laboratory out in the real world. Internships offer valuable work experience and give you a platform for developing new, valuable skills—and a more extensive professional network. As a result, you gain a competitive edge in the job market. In fact, internships very often lead to job offers at the company hosting the internship.  
     
    We partner with a growing network of businesses and organizations to develop meaningful internship opportunities. Here is a small sampling of the employers we partner with:

    • Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
    • ArcGIS
    • AT&T
    • Auburn Public Schools
    • Big Y
    • Convention & Visitors Bureau
    • Channel 40 TV, Springfield
    • City of Worcester
    • Commerce Bank
    • DCU Center
    • EMC Corp.
    • Family Services of Central Mass.
    • Fidelity Bank
    • Hanover Insurance
    • Hopkinton Elmwood School
    • The Jimmy Fund
     
    • Mass. Dept. of Transportation
    • Mass. State Police
    • Mix 104.1 FM
    • Pulse Magazine
    • RFK Children’s Action Corps
    • Staples
    • The Washington Center
    • UMass Memorial
    • Unum Group
    • Wells Fargo
    • Worcester Art Museum
    • Worcester Business
    • Development Corporation
    • Worcester Center for Crafts
    • Worcester Public Schools
    • Worcester Superior Courthouse
     
    Practicums
    If you are studying to become a teacher at Worcester State University, you are required to complete a semester of student-teaching, referred to as a practicum. You should submit your application in the semester before you are planning to complete the student teaching practicum. Check with the Education Department for application deadlines.

    As a student-teacher in our early childhood and elementary education program, you will begin with careful observation, transition to working with a host teacher on daily lessons, and assume full responsibility for a classroom in your final two weeks. If you are a secondary education teacher candidate, you’ll progress from being responsible for one class to four classes during a semester.
          

    Learn more about the Education Department’s practicum.

    Clinicals
    Our health-care programs at Worcester State University pioneered community-based, hands-on learning. Guided by their respective accreditation and certification exam requirements, our nursing, communication sciences and disorders, occupational therapy, and health sciences programs have developed symbiotic connections with health-care providers, area schools, and non-profits.


    Clinics are your chance to put your classroom and lab assignments to the test, caring for others in real-world settings and sharing new ideas, practices, and perspectives with our partners. The experience will increase your confidence and enable you to provide a valuable service to the community.