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Graduate Fieldwork Opportunity

Graduate Fieldwork Opportunity


The Division of Continuing Education (DCE) offers education for over 30,000 learners in Orange County and around the world.  DCE has a variety of certificate and specialized studies programs for a variety of student populations, designed to enhance their career advancement and personal enrichment.  Graduate students who complete their fieldwork at DCE have opportunities to work with:

  • The Anteater Leadership Academy (ALA) – This program works to increase leadership of a select group of UCI freshmen. Students explore their own leadership journey through investigating leadership methodologies and learning from practitioners through a wide range of engaging and experiential activities.
  • DCE alumni population – DCE alumni continue to want to engage with the University and its constituents in order to further their professional development and enhance their networks through chapter events and initiatives.
  • The Roadtrip Nation initiative – Roadtrip Nation aims to talk with professionals of every kind and ask honest questions about their struggles, successes, and how they figured out the age-old dilemma, “What should I do with my life?” DCE has started a partnership with Roadtrip Nation in hopes of bringing it to UC Irvine.
  • Career services – Services such as the UCI+One program support individuals in their professional development and career goals. DCE provides solutions to meet the needs of every individual, including those who are current or past DCE learners.
  • Test preparation services – DCE offers test preparation services for the SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, and GMAT. Services include test preparation classes, offered both online and on the UCI campus, and strategy workshops, which introduce students to the exam and provide valuable tips and tricks for studying.


In this fieldwork placement, graduate students will:

  • Learn about the functions and operations of the Division of Continuing Education (DCE) as it addresses needs within the University and greater community
  • Increase understanding about the transitional issues experienced by undergraduates, alumni, and/or career professionals
  • Experience and assess programmatic elements of their associated program, service, or initiative
  • Develop additional skills and competencies in program development
  • Conduct informational interviews to increase their understanding of operations in DCE and UCI


Fieldwork students may:

  • Develop programmatic materials including supplemental resources for skill development, online course materials, etc.
  • Plan and implement panel presentations, outreach activities, or special events
  • Draft and evaluate content for marketing materials including print (ex. Fliers, advertisements, mailers), and electronic media (ex. Website, social media, email campaigns)
  • Participate in campus and community-based outreach efforts involving current students, parents, and internal/external stakeholders
  • Conduct research into comparable programs in academia and industry, skill and knowledge gaps of recent graduates, effectiveness of programmatic tools, etc.




Fieldwork students will develop skills in the following areas:


  • Organization
  • Assessment
  • Project management
  • Communication
  • Research
  • Advising
  • Alumni relations
  • External relations
  • Marketing/outreach


In addition to increasing knowledge and skills through completing tasks and achieving learning outcomes, graduation students will:

  • Discuss current issues in higher education and prepare career plans through weekly supervisory meetings
  • Discover how to transfer professional skills and experiences to different sectors within Student Affairs and Academic Affairs
  • Expand their professional network through mentor-facilitated introductions with colleagues within UCI and at higher education institutions throughout southern California



Leigh Poirier, M.Ed.

Director, UCI+One Program

University of California, Irvine

Division of Continuing Education

510 East Peltason, Irvine, CA 92697

(949) 824-3983  Office

Welcome Back to our Assistant Director – Julienne Jose-Chen!



Dear students,

I hope you are all doing well! As many of you know, I was recently out on leave as we have just recently welcomed the newest addition to the family. I am very excited to return to the Master’s Program Office but have not yet had the pleasure of meeting some of  you. So I want to introduce myself to the incoming students of the Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 cohorts.

My name is Julienne Jose-Chen and I am the Associate Director of the Master’s Program Office. I have been working at USC for about 7 years but have been part of the Rossier family even before that as I am also an alum from the PASA Program. I am very passionate about higher education and student affairs and I look forward to meeting and engaging with you all.

A big thank you to the team–Dr. Venegas (outgoing MPO faculty chair), James, Solomon, and Marianna, for continuing to support our students to the highest level. Also, we welcome the new faculty chair Dr. Helena Seli! If you ever have any questions or concerns about your program or about your experience please do not hesitate to contact the staff or myself. We are here to help!

We will be reaching out in the coming weeks with more information about upcoming events so please continue to check your email and social media outlets for those updates! I hope the fall semester is off to a great start and best of luck with the remaining semester! Take care!


Julienne Jose-Chen

Introducing New MPO Director: Dr. Helena Seli!

Helena Seli Professional Oct 2015

Below you will find a message from our new director here at the Master’s Programs Office, Dr. Helena Seli:

I am excited about my new role as the Faculty Program Chair for the Master’s Programs! Together as the MPO team of Julienne, Marianna, Solomon, James and our student workers, we will work tirelessly to ensure that our programs prepare you to tackle the problems of practice you face in your field and advance Rossier’s mission in your communities of practice. I look forward to leading that charge.

As for myself, I have been with Rossier for 10 years as a clinical faculty member. My background is in educational psychology and since 2014, I have served as the faculty chair for Master’s in Learning Design and Technology. I have lived in the US for over 20 years but was born and raised in Estonia, part of the previous Soviet Union. Aside from my work with Rossier, I am in charge of ensuring that our three kids, ages 8-15 grow up as engaged and responsible citizens – and hopefully will become Trojans like you!

Please do not hesitate to stop by my office, 304D to say hello!

Fight on!

Public Speaking Workshop

The Master’s Programs Office hosted A Public Speaking Workshop with Laurel Felt (see above). Dr. Laurel Felt is an expert in effective communication. She is a Lecturer at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where she teaches public speaking and business communication, and Principal at Laurel Felt Consulting, a boutique agency that playfully teaches public speakers how to share their brilliant ideas so that audiences can join in meaningful, participatory experiences that engage, inform, and inspire action.

To these roles, Laurel brings 15+ years of experience in the classroom, on stage, and in the workforce. As a scholar, Laurel examines 21st century learning, specifically looking at media literacy, social and emotional learning, and the power of play and improvisation. Most recently, she had the honor of working with the USC Pullias Center for Higher Education on its First in the World/Mission: Admission study.

As a public speaker, Laurel has logged over 10,000 hours of practice, dating back from her reign as a high school speech team champion, continuing through years of improvisational comedy study and performance, dozens of presentations along the academic conference circuit, and a cumulative decade of teaching preschool and college (more similar than one might think!). To her great delight, Laurel has had the opportunity to coach USC undergraduates, Children’s Hospital-Los Angeles residents, and entrepreneurs of all stripes to public speaking greatness.

Laurel holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, a M.A. in Child Development from Tufts University, and a B.S. in Social Policy from Northwestern University.

Zócalo Public Square



On behalf of Zócalo Public Square, I would like to invite you and your colleagues to please join us as special guests at an October 11th program and hosted reception at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in downtown Los Angeles.


This free program, entitled “Are College Campuses Rewriting the Rules of Sex in America?” will feature Vanessa Grigoriadis, contributing editor at The New York Times Magazine and author of Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus, exploring how ideas about sexuality and sexual engagement are being redrafted at America’s universities. Full details are below.


The program and reception will be held on Wednesday, October 11th at 7:30 p.m at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy. Admission is free, and guests must register in advance here


I would so appreciate if you could circulate this message within your network. Please let me know if you have any questions at all. I can be reached at this email address and also at 909-244-2665. Thank you and I hope to see you there!