School of Social Work

Field Placement Process

  • Step 1 - Attend Field Introduction Meeting
    BSW and MSW Foundation year students will attend a Field Introduction meeting early in the spring semester prior to starting field placement. Students will be notified of the date, time, and location of the meeting via email. This is a mandatory meeting for all students and will provide an opportunity to learn about the field education program and outline the field placement process, requirements, and expectations.
  • Step 2 - Research Field Placement Agencies

    An email notification from the Field Placement Coordinator will be sent to students to get set up in our online field placement system CalState S4(opens in new window). Students will use this system to begin to research field placement sites and learn about the different fields of practice, populations, and learning opportunities available.

  • Step 3 - Attend the Field Fair
    Current BSW juniors and MSW students, including MSW program applicants, are invited to and strongly encouraged to attend the Field Fair that takes place in mid-February. The Field Fair provides an opportunity for students to interact with community agencies on an informal basis and inquire information about the population(s) served, services offered, and learning opportunities available to a student intern.
  • Step 4 - Sign up for a field placement meeting

    BSW students will receive a Google link to sign up for a small group field placement meeting (6-8 students per group). 

    MSW students will also receive a link to sign up for individual field placement meetings with the Field Director/Field Coordinator.

  • Step 5 - Complete Field Application

    Students will complete the field application form in CalState S4. The field application is designed to assist the field team in guiding students to appropriate community agencies to interview with based on the student's volunteer/work experience, previous field placement, areas of interest, and special needs or requests. 

    The field application must be completely filled out prior to your scheduled field placement meeting with the Field Education Director or Field Coordinator.

  • Step 6 - Attend Field Placement Meeting

    Students will attend their scheduled field placement meeting, making sure that they have submitted their field application and attached a draft of their resume prior to the meeting. 

    At the field placement meeting we will review the placement process moving forward and go into detail about interviewing, professionalism, and next steps. Each student will meet one-on-one with the Field Director/Field Coordinator to review their field application and collaboratively determine 2 agencies to interview with. Students will also receive feedback on their resume with tips and suggestions for improvement. 

  • Step 7 - Prepare for your field placement interview

    After attending the field placement meeting, students should immediately begin preparing for their field placement interviews(opens in new window). Preparation includes:

  • Step 8 - Contact field placement agencies to schedule your interview

    Once you have received contact information for the agencies you have been referred to for an interview, you should send an email or place a phone call asap, introducing yourself and requesting to schedule a field placement interview. 

    Set a reminder in your phone or make a note in your planner when you have scheduled the interviews so that you don't forget!

  • Step 9 - Attend field placement interviews

    Students will attend both field placement interviews, making sure to arrive at least 5 minutes early and be dressed appropriately for the interview, prepared with questions, copies of resume, and knowledge of the agency, the population they serve, and the services they offer. 

    Students should make every effort to attend their field placement interviews on the scheduled day/time. If a personal or family emergency or illness arises student's should communicate with the agency contact as soon as possible to reschedule. 

  • Step 10 - Submit agency preference list

    Once a student has completed both of their interviews, they will fill out the Agency Preference List and email it to the Field Education Director/Field Coordinator. 

    The Field Education Team will begin the matching process that will continue into the summer.

    Please note that no placement is considered final until both the student and the agency have communicated their preferences to the field staff.

    Students will receive confirmation of their placement by the first week of August so they can begin the onboarding process, which could include a background check, drug screening, agency paperwork, etc. Students should work with their agency to complete these requirements early enough that they will be cleared to begin field hours by the date listed on the field calendar(opens in new window)