Digital Communications Certificate
Digital communications practicum
A mandatory three-week professional practicum at a Metro Vancouver organization will solidify your digital communications training and give you an edge in your job search. Please remember that securing a practicum is your responsibility.
Read the questions and answers below for more information.
What will I do during my digital communications practicum?
For three weeks, you’ll put everything you’ve learned into action during a full-time, unpaid public relations placement at a Metro Vancouver organization.
In addition to getting invaluable work experience that will look great on your résumé, you’ll establish key industry connections that will help you begin your new career. And you won’t just be getting coffee. You’ll build up your portfolio by contributing to real digital communications campaigns, materials, and activities.
Why do I need to do a practicum?
Today’s job market is competitive. When it comes to landing your dream job, relevant work experience is non-negotiable.
When will I do my practicum?
You will complete your practicum in weeks seven through nine of the digital communications program. Generally, you'll work Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
You'll return to SFU for a final day of classes after you finish your practicum.
How will I secure my practicum?
You will spend part of your second class in the digital communications program reviewing best practices for choosing your practicum placement.
The practicum coordinator will provide you with a list of companies that have approached us for practicum students. Placements are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
You may choose from the opportunities we provide or find your own based on your professional interests, but please remember that you are entirely responsible for finding your own practicum.
You will consult with the practicum coordinator before approaching an organization about a placement. Please finalize your placement by the end of the third week of classes.
Once you confirm your placement, you will provide the practicum coordinator with contact information for your mentor, who will coordinate a signed agreement. The practicum coordinator will work with your mentor in evaluating your work performance when you finish your practicum.
Whose responsibility is it to find my practicum placement?
It is your responsibility to secure a practicum, which is mandatory if you wish to graduate with SFU’s Digital Communications Certificate.
Where will I do my practicum?
You’ll complete your practicum at a Metro Vancouver organization. Hosts will vary.