The Menno Simons College practicum is a supervised work experience in a setting related to international development or conflict resolution. It is a chance to gain work experience related to your studies and integrate your work experience with the rest of your courses.
Some students complete their practicum in Winnipeg, while others seek placements around the world. A local placement is approximately 80 hours of 'on-site' work over the span of one or two school terms. An international placement generally involves a minimum of three months in another country.
All students will integrate theory with practise through seminar participation and academic assignments. The final grade of pass or fail is based on two aspects:
- the evaluation of the site supervisor
- academic assignments
Upon successful completion of the practicum placement, students receive 3 hours of academic credit towards a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies or Conflict Resolution Studies. In the case of an international placement of extended duration, a student may be eligible to receive 6 credit hours (as determined by the Practicum Director).
Eligibility and Prerequisites
A practicum is required for a 4-year major in International Development Studies and a 4-year major in Conflict Resolution Studies. Students completing a 3-year major in International Development Studies or Conflict Resolution Studies have the option of participating in practicum. In order to register for a practicum, students are required to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and must have completed the following courses:
Prerequisites for CRS Practicum
- CRS-1200/6 Introduction to Conflict Resolution Studies
- CRS-2210/3 Conflict Theory & Analysis
- CRS-2211/1.5 Coaching Skills Workshop
- CRS-3220/3 Models for Conflict Transformation
- CRS-3221/1.5 Mediation Skills Workshop
Prerequisites for IDS Practicum
- IDS-1100/6 Introduction to International Development Studies
- IDS-2110/3 Participatory Local Development
- Additional 6 Credit Hours of IDS Core Courses
Where Do I Start?
- Consult with the Menno Simons College Academic Advisor to ensure that you have the prerequisites needed to apply for a practicum.
- Do some research to find a suitable placement and present your idea(s) to the MSC Practicum Director for approval. Do this at least two to three months before the start of a local practicum and at least six months before the start of an international practicum.
If you are having difficulty finding a placement, the MSC Practicum Director can provide you with some possible organizations and identify people to contact. Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to find a suitable placement.
- Submit a local or international practicum application form. If you apply for an international practicum, you also need to submit a proposal and budget form. Menno Simons College offers partial financial assistance to each International Development Studies or Conflict Resolution Studies student participating in an international practicum.
- Receive permission from the Practicum Director to register for the appropriate practicum course and register.
Local placements are available for both Conflict Resolution Studies and International Development Studies majors. A local practicum can be completed on a part-time basis over one or two academic semesters. Students must volunteer with an organization for approximately 80 hours.
In addition to written requirements for all practicum placements, local practicums require participation in two practicum seminars.
Local practicums cover a wide range of organizations. For possible local placements please visit our Local Practicum Opportunities page for more details.
International placements are available to both International Development Studies and Conflict Resolution Studies majors. Menno Simons College students have travelled to over 60 different countries and have recently returned from placements in Cambodia, Ghana, Kenya, India, and Peru, among others.
All costs are the responsibility of the student, including airfare, accommodation, insurance, and immunizations. Some financial support is available for international practicums.
Possible international organizations include those with on-going relationships to Menno Simons College such as Mennonite Central Committee, Nairobi Peace Initiative, and Hands for Hope Uganda. Students may also find a position through an international volunteer agency or personal contacts.
For possible international placements please visit our International Practicum Opportunities page for more details.