Request an SPE in Handshake

In your Significant Practical Experience (SPE) proposal, you begin the SPE, the cornerstone of Maryville College Works. The proposal builds off of your Career Development Plan and identifies specific, measurable goals that you will attempt to meet by participating in an off- or on-campus professional experience. In order to qualify as an SPE, the experience must last at least 45 hours, be spread over the course of at least three weeks, and align with your target career goals. Your SPE may take the form of an internship, a volunteer opportunity, a senior study, a study abroad experience, a creative project, or another experience relevant to your career goals.

Check out our step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a SPE.

When is this requirement usually completed?

Once your Career Development Plan is completed, you should schedule a meeting with your academic adviser to discuss relevant SPE interests and options. You are required to bring your Career Development Plan with you so that you can set concrete, measurable goals for the SPE.

Who approves this requirement?

Your academic adviser approves this component of Maryville College Works. Your adviser may also refer you to an additional SPE supervisor.

Where can I get more information?

Students should make sure to touch base with their academic advisers in order to decide what kind of SPE is most appropriate. Check out our step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a SPE. The applications themselves are on Maryville College's Handshake page. Students may also contact the Director of Maryville College Works or the Career Center for more information. Faculty should consult the Maryville College Works: Faculty Information page on the Tartan.