Host a Social Work Student
The School of Social Work recognizes the need for field placements that provide opportunities for students to be exposed to a range of roles and skills, client populations, service delivery models, community resources and the development of social work competencies. The following information can help organizations determine if they are a good fit for hosting a social work student for their field placement.
Overview of Placement Requirements
- 16 hours/week, starting in late September and ending in early June (500 hours total).
- 1 hour of supervision/week with qualified Field Instructor (see qualifications below).
- Quarterly student Field Evaluations.
- End of term site visits with the Student, Field Liaison, and Field Instructor (Task Supervisor, if applicable).
Qualifications for Field Agencies
- Respond to the needs of the community and consistently accept the purposes, values, ethics and methods of social work.
- Adhere to PSU's policy that prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of a protected class.
- Provide a qualified Field Instructor who is committed to social work education and professional training.
- Assure that the Field Instructor and/or Task Supervisor has sufficient time and resources within their work schedule.
- Accept students as developing social workers and will not use them to meet staffing needs nor withhold appropriate assignments because of student status.
- Provide an internship opportunity that aligns with the student's generalist or advanced curriculum.
- Review additional Agency Responsibilities and Qualifications.
Who Supervises the Social Work Student?
- An approved BSW or MSW Field Instructor provides weekly, educational supervision.
- MSW Field Instructors are required to have an MSW and two (2) years post degree experience.
- BSW Field Instructors are required to have a BSW and two (2) years post degree experience.
Social Work Field Instructor
- Assist students in understanding the breadth of social work practice and developing core social work competencies.
- Provide at least one hour/week of field instruction supervision (group supervision may substitute for up to 50% of the supervision).
- Are typically employed by the agency where the student is placed, though some Field Instructors provide off-site supervision for students placed in agencies that do not have a social worker.
- Read more about the Field Instructor Roles and Responsibilities.