Career Practicum Job Description

Career Practicum

A Fieldwork Opportunity for Graduate Students in Counseling

The UCSB Career Services Practicum provides graduate students with training and hands-on experience necessary for becoming a career counselor. Through a weekly training seminar, individual supervision, and exposure to all aspects of direct service in a university career center, practicum students learn the basics of career counseling. 

The practicum is offered for a two-quarter commitment every Fall and Winter Quarter, with an option for practicum students to continue through the Spring Quarter as well. 


All practicum students are required to:

  • Be currently enrolled in a graduate-level counseling program
  • Have completed graduate-level coursework that covers career assessment AND career theory OR have been a TA for an undergraduate career development course.

Overview of the Program

Practicum students will commit to 10 hours per week engaging with Career Services. Hours are spent interacting with students through drop-in hours, individual counseling sessions, assessment interpretations, training seminars, and supervision.

  • Fall quarter - training and observation of counseling sessions in areas of career/major choice, career assessments, internships, job search and graduate school admissions.
  • Winter quarter – independent practice of counseling sessions and assessment interpretations with the support and guidance of a supervisor.
  • Spring quarter – master career counseling skills and engage in further professional development activities such as designing new programming, outreaching to diverse populations, creating innovative career content, etc.

*For distance students: We understand the burden to commute to Santa Barbara for multiple days during the week. Because of this, some aspects of the practicum may be performed in a distance-friendly format. However, all practicum students are expected to be on-site for at least one day each week (number of hours on-site may vary).

Learning Outcomes

By participating in the practicum with UCSB Career Services, students will be able to:

  • Provide drop-in and individual career counseling sessions in the areas of career/major choice, career assessments, internships, job search and graduate school admissions
  • Demonstrate proficiency in web-based career and job search tools, including the Career Services web site, Handshake, and other databases
  • Develop a theoretical foundation for career counseling/programming
  • Demonstrate behavior congruent with NCDA ethical guidelines
  • Demonstrate cross-cultural counseling and programming competency
  • Facilitate assessment interpretations and provide guidance for students completing career assessments
  • Present career development workshops


Students that participate for the full academic year (Fall through Spring quarter) will be awarded $500.


To Apply For The Practicum:

Recruitment begins in February for the upcoming academic year. To apply, please email your current resume and a cover letter indicating why the practicum is of interest to you to Maddie Foster.  Priority consideration will be given to applications received by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 1, 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: Academic year 2019-20 training is scheduled for the week of September 16-20, 2019. All applicants should hold this entire week in anticipation of being accepted to the practicum. Training follows a set format and involves a large number of trainees; therefore, alternative training times cannot be negotiated. If you are unable to be present for any of these days, please consider applying for this practicum in a subsequent year.