Congratulations on reaching the capstone component of the Program!  The Capstone is the substantive culmination of the MAIA program, a reflection of insights gathered during your course of study. There are two ways in which the Capstone can be undertaken. One involves registration in IGS 617 (three credits), Practicum in International Administration. It entails a two-hundred hour internship with an organization culminating in a practicum report supervised by a faculty advisor.  The second approach would be to enroll in IGS 820 MAIA Masters Project (three credits). This does not have an internship required, emphasizing instead a graduate research paper/project on a topic within your area of thematic concentration. Here too, you will be working with faculty advisor.


Practicum/Internship Option:

The purpose of the two-hundred (200) hour (minimum) internship which is part of the IGS 617 (Practicum in International Administration) course is to provide students the opportunity to apply the academic theory and valuable skills acquired during their time in Program to professional situations. Moreover, it will provide valuable professional networking opportunities for students entering or transitioning into a new field.  So select the site wisely.

Please click on the attached documents to access the guidelines and forms you need in order to get stated.  Please note that all students must get their internship approved by the MAIA Office prior to starting.


For ideas on organizations and potential internship opportunities please visit our Careers and Internships page.  Practicum study abroad options are also available.  Please contact us at 305-284-8783 or via email at if you need additional guidance or have any questions.  We are here to assist you.

Students who are not residents of the United States and have an F1 visa that allows them to attend the University must complete a full academic year (fall and spring) before participating in an internship program if the program provides them with salary benefits or other compensation. Note that completion of the internship program is required to graduate from the MAIA program.

Capstone Workshop Schedule

The Capstone Workshops are part of the curriculum component for both the IGS 617 (Practicum in International Administration) and the IGS 820 (MAIA Masters Project) course which are available during the Spring and Fall semesters only.  All students must be officially enrolled in the course in order to attend the workshops.  Your MAIA Program Adviser will assist you in identifying the right time in the Program to register for the course.  Students should take the course in conjunction with their internship.  These workshop sessions are geared to assist the student in developing their critical thinking and analytical skills to assist them with the writing of their Practicum Report.

Capstone Workshops will take place ONLY on the dates listed below. 

Fall 2017 SCHEDULE

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Professors: Ambassador Paul Trivelli and Dr. Bradford R. McGuinn
Time: 10:00am-11:30 am
Location: MM 112

Friday, November 10, 2017*
Instructor: Ms. Lisa Baker
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Richter Library, Room 334

Two (2) additional dates will be offered on an individual basis for students requiring assistance.  Please call the MAIA Office at 305-284-8783 to arrange an appointment.

*Please be sure to submit your Practicum Report Topics to by no later than Friday, November 3rd.

Please be sure to mark your calendar and be on time.  If you have any questions or issues, please contact the MAIA Office at 305-284-8783 or via email at for assistance.

Thank you!

Capstone Writing Guides

The Chicago Manual of Style Online
OWL Online Writing Lab:  Chicago Style
OWL:  Effective Outlines
OWL:  Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing
OWL: Research and Citation Resources
Templates and Formatting Guidelines