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Professional Experience

Category Description

The goal of this category is to highlight the professional experiences that students take part in during their academic career. These experiences may involve academic credit or they may be co-curricular in nature.

Examples and Criteria

Examples of academic credit activities that satisfy this category include:

These are faculty monitored:
  • Internship—faculty-monitored work experience for which students earn academic credit as part of their curriculum. Internships can be part-time or full-time, and can be paid or unpaid.
  • Practicum—faculty-monitored work experience that relates to the student's academic curriculum and may or may not earn academic credit. Practica are generally offered in departments that do not offer internships.
  • Student Teaching—faculty-monitored teaching experience for which students earn academic credit as part of their curriculum. It is generally unpaid.
  • Clinical—a faculty-monitored experience associated with a healthcare organization.
  • Completion of a Professional Development Portfolio (certifications and/or attend/participate in five different events related to professional development in field of study – signed off/approved by faculty/staff)
Activities or experiences that do not earn academic credit may also be used in this category. Examples include:
  • Field Experienceexperience applying to the field of major.
  • Non-credit internship—work experience that does not earn academic credit, but that is applicable to the field of major (approved through the Career and Professional Development Center). 
This category does not include regular full-time or part-time employment.

Getting SET Category Approval

Internships
Students participating in academic or non-academic internships should coordinate them through the Career and Professional Development Center.  Forms for internships are available at the Career and Professional Development Center. The internship will be reported by authorized staff in the Career and Professional Development Center (not a self-reported activity). 

If a student attempts to submit an internship electronically, it will be declined.  If an internship is not listed on the student's SET by the end of the first month of the following academic term in which the internship was completed, please email set@rmu.edu.

Other Professional Experiences
Upon successful completion of a practicum, student teaching, or clinical experience, the experience will be reported by authorized staff in the student's department (not a self-reported activity).

If a student attempts to submit such an experience electronically, it will be declined.  If the experience is not listed on the student's SET by the end of the first month of the following academic term in which it was completed, please email set@rmu.edu.

Professional Development Portfolio
Students participating in professional development workshops coordinated and advertised through the Career and Professional Development Center should sign up through ColoniakTrak under Events.  Upon completed participation in the workshop, the activity will be submitted by authorized staff in the Career and Professional Development Center.  This will count towards the completion of the Professional Development Portfolio.

Other Professional Development Portfolio activities (including attendance of the RMU Career Expo and RMU Career Fair) can be submitted by student electronically for faculty/staff approval, but should have a reflection piece/report/class discussion completed and submitted to approving faculty/staff member before electronic submission attempted.

Log into account and click on Submit SET Activity under Academics: Sentry Secured Services.  The RMU SET Guide to Submitting an Activity gives step-by-step instructions on completing this process.  

*If desired entry is not yet listed in the Sentry drop-down, please email set@rmu.edu

*If a student is part of a large group or class submitting the same activity to one faculty/staff member, please ask authorizing faculty/staff member his or her preference for submission of this activity.  He or she may prefer to submit the activity as a group.

Questions should be directed to Donna Anderson, Senior Director at (412) 397-6492 or andersond@rmu.edu.