Higher Education Administration

Experiential Learning

One very important aspect of any Higher Education Administration program is the experience gained by its students. Faculty and staff involved in the Higher Education Administration program at Stony Brook are committed to students' experiential learning, specifically the theory to practice connection gained from applying classroom work to real world settings. In addition, gaining experience to strengthen a resume is a critical part of being a more marketable and competitive candidate in the higher education field. The program actively seeks volunteer, internship, graduate student employment, and paid or unpaid opportunities in various student affairs and campus wide offices, both at Stony Brook University and other higher education institutions. For examples of student affairs opportunities specific to Stony Brook, visit the Student Affairs website.

Practicum Opportunities
Students who are interested in gaining practical experience will be required to complete a 150 hour (10 hours per week for 15 weeks) unpaid internship with an approved supervisor working in the higher education field.  Supervisors will be required to have an earned master's degree and at least 5 years of professional higher education experience. In addition to their field hours, students will also complete a 14-week online course, HEA 586 - Practicum in Higher Education to build a strong theory to practice connection, and to reflect on and discuss the practicum experience.  Students will earn 3 credits and can choose to do their internship in the fall or spring.  The 3 credits earned will count as one of the six required electives for the program. 

Practicum sites can be at Stony Brook University, another Long Island college or university, or outside of the Long Island or New York area.   If you are looking to find an internship at a location other than Stony Brook, you must find a department and supervisor who is willing to work with you.  Once you have found a location, we can work with the supervisor to make sure they meet our requirements.  Since HEA 586 is an instructor consent class, students looking for a practicum at Stony Brook should contact Samantha Lodato at to find out more information.

Please note, the practicum opportunity is for students in the Master of Arts program only. Students in the Advanced Graduate Certificate program are not eligible to earn credit for a practicum experience.

Graduate Student Work Opportunities
Some student affairs and higher education areas at Stony Brook offer paid grVisit theGraduate Employment websiteaduate student positions during the academic year and/or the summer. These opportunities are posted on the Graduate Employment website.

Leadership and Networking Opportunities
The Higher Education Administration program seeks to ensure that all graduates have a strong skill set to be successful practitioners in higher education. The program strongly encourages students to become involved in the student advisory board as well as higher education groups and associations. With advisory board assistance, the program plans networking events, organizes guest lectures, and hosts special higher education-focused engagements.

Career-Related Websites
Several websites provide information about career opportunities in higher education and student affairs, including:

Job opportunities are also posted on Stony Brook's Career Center website through Handshake.

Professional Organizations
There are many outstanding higher education and student affairs associations. Below is a list of some of these organizations:

  • AACRAO – American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • ACCA – American College Counseling Association
  • ACUHO-I – Association of College and University Housing Officers—International
  • ACPA – College Student Educators International
  • NACADA – National Academic Advising Association
  • NACA – National Association for Campus Activities
  • NACUBO – National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • NASFAA – National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • NCDA – National Career Development Association
  • NODA – National Orientation Directors Association
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