School of Social Work

Employment-Based Practicum

Students who are already employed by a social service agency often inquire about using their employment as a field practicum site. There are strict guidelines that must be met in order to be placed at an existing employment site for practicum:

  • The agency must be willing to provide the student with an educationally-focused experience for the required number of practicum hours. Therefore, if a student seeks to use their current employment as a practicum placement, the student must be assigned completely different educationally-focused duties, ideally in a different program/department than the one where they are employed
  • Employment-based practicum placements must be approved by the Director of Field Education/Field Coordinator prior to the student being placed in the agency. Please note that MSW Two-Year students are required to complete two separate practicum placements over the course of the program. It is rare for a student to be placed with the same agency in both their foundation and concentration years. Occasionally, however, there are some agencies with multiple programs that are able to provide two distinct experiences for students
  • The Agency Field Instructor (AFI) must be someone other than the student's employment supervisor 

Follow these steps to use your employment agency as a field practicum site
Step 1Complete the Employment-Based Practicum Contact form (PDF) and submit to the Director of Field Education or Field Coordinator - this will prompt us to set up a meeting with your employment supervisor/prospective field instructor to discuss options for completing your field placement at your employment agency
Step 2Complete the Employment-Based Field Practicum Proposal (PDF) - this form needs to be reviewed and approved by the Field Director/Field Coordinator before you can begin to accrue field hours