Timing, Deadlines & Registration

Timing

12-month track students should begin looking for a practicum in their first quarter. 2-year track students should begin looking for their practicum in the winter quarter of their first year, though there is more flexibility for these students in terms of timing.

The Practicum Proposal should be written once you:

  • Identify an organization to do the practicum with.
  • Have a firm understanding of what the project will be.

Tips:

  • Follow the template provided on our website.
  • Write your proposal and then seek feedback from your client supervisor and faculty advisor. You should implement any feedback they have before submitting your final proposal to Canvas.
  • You should give your Faculty Advisor at least two weeks to review your proposal before any deadline. This way, they have time to review your proposal and you have time to implement their feedback before associated deadlines.

Deadlines

Practicum Proposal

If you plan to start your Practicum during the academic year, you may submit your Proposal at any time before you begin work. 

If you plan to start your Practicum during the summer, you must submit your Proposal to your Faculty Advisor for feedback by Friday, May 12, 2023. The final Proposal must be submitted to Canvas by Friday, May 26, 2023. 

  • If you need an exception to this deadline, please contact the Program Coordinator with more information. We will review these requests on a case-by-case basis.
Practicum Report and Deliverable(s)

If you plan to graduate in Juneyou must submit your Practicum Report and Deliverable(s) to your Faculty Advisor for feedback by Friday, May 12, 2023. The final Report and Deliverable must be submitted to Canvas by Friday, May 26, 2023. 

If you plan to graduate in September (12-month track students), you must submit your Practicum Report and Deliverable(s) to your Faculty Advisor for feedback by Friday, August 12, 2022. The final Report and Deliverable must be submitted to Canvas by Friday, August 26, 2022. 

  • If you need an exception to this deadline, please contact the Program Coordinator with more information. We will review these requests on a case-by-case basis.
  • Since your Practicum Report and deliverable(s) are a part of your Comprehensive Exam, the program can't sign off on any graduation paperwork until we receive your Report & Deliverable(s). It is important to keep us updated so we can work with you! 

Registration and Grading

After students have a Practicum Proposal approved by their Faculty Advisor and Client Supervisor, they may register for ENV 296 (Practicum) units. These units should be requested from the Program Coordinator every quarter you intend to register for units. ENV 296 is S/U graded.

If you exceed 180 hours for your Practicum, you may enroll in ENV 292 (Internship) units. ENV 292 units can be requested through the Program Coordinator.

Important things to note:
  • The formula for units is 1 unit= 3 hours per week over 10 weeks (30 hours total). 

  • 12-month track students who will complete their project over summer must register for summer session units. You will either register for SSI or SSII, depending on when your project will conclude. Usually, students will register for the appropriate number of units in SSII. You can see summer session tuition information here.
  • 2 year track students who are completing their project over summer may register for units in their second year. 
  • Students (either track) who are working on their practicum during the academic year may split up their units. 
    • The minimum number of units you can register in per quarter is 2. 
    • Since there is a grade associated with your units, you should not front load your units if you won't be finished with your project by the end of that quarter.
      • For example, don't register in all 6 units in the Fall if your project will not be finished until Spring.
    • You should check in with your Faculty Advisor at least once per quarter once you start your Practicum to update them on the status.
  • Your Practicum Report AND deliverable(s) are due by the end of the quarter that you finish your 180 hours.
    • If you are a 2-year track student and you finish your Practicum hours over the summer, your report and deliverable are due to us at that time, regardless of when you plan to register for units.
    • If your deliverable is not finished by the end of your 180 hours, please notify the Program Coordinator.
      • Sometimes a project is piece of a larger project and your deliverable(s) may not be done at the end of your 180 hours. Let us know so we can come up with a plan. Keep in mind, we do have to have your deliverable(s) by the time you graduate. 
    • If you will finish your project in the spring quarter OR SSII before you graduate, there are deadlines associated with your Report & Deliverable(s) so we can process your graduation paperwork. Please see above under the heading "Deadlines". 

International Students

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization permits F-1 students to take an off-campus job (work/study, internship, cooperative education, or practicum) that is directly related to their field of study and commensurate with their educational level.  

  • It may be paid or unpaid.  
  • In most cases, you must have been a full-time student for at least nine months prior to applying for practical training permission.  
  • CPT is authorized while you are still pursuing studies at UC Davis.

Please notify the EPM Program Coordinator when you are preparing to apply for CPT. For questions, please contact a SISS advisor.