One of the most important, and exciting, components of social work education are the field practica. Human service and social change agencies provide settings in which students are challenged and supported in the integration of theories and practice skills. The School of Social Work partners with hundreds of public and nonprofit organizations throughout the country in order to provide BSW and MSW students high quality field education experiences.

Field Practicum Placement Process:

  1. Submit the field application for entering your specific field course:
    1. BSW (4187/4287)
    2. MSW Foundation (5187/5188)
    3. MSW Advanced (8187/8188)
  2. All students are assigned a Field Education Specialist within weeks of submitting their field application. The Field Education Specialist will work in close partnership with onsite and fully online students to assist with the placement process.
  3. Field Education Specialist will support all students in the confirmation/finalization of their field internship plan.
    1. This process can include an agency interview for students being referred by their Field Education Specialist or completing a Self Referral option. At this interview, the educational opportunities and agency expectations should be discussed between student and agency. Interview-Guidelines-and-Questions to ask.
    2. If the student has applied for an Employment-Based practicum, the Field Education Specialist will schedule a meeting with the student, prospective field instructor and current employment supervisor to review educational opportunities and agency expecations.
  4. Field Education Specialist will confirm the field practicum plan between the agency and the student.
  5. Student will register for their field course when available.
  6. All students obtain the maximum clearances required by the state in which the practicum is located, as outlined by Castlebranch system.  (Information found in Request your Clearances).
  7. All students entering a field practicum course will be required to attend a field orientation prior to the beginning of their field practicum experience.

Planning for this experience:

It is essential that students plan carefully for their field placements, particularly with respect to the mandated hours per semester, educational and supervision requirements, and obtaining required clearances.  The Office of Field Education expects that students with traditional hours of availability will be able to do their internships during the regular weekday, business hours. Extensive planning is required for students with non-traditional hours of availability. The field office will offer students suggestions of agency sites but strongly encourages students who work full-time to complete field placements in an organization that would qualify for an employment based placement or submit a self-referral form.