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How Placements Are Made

Placements are collaboratively made between the students and the field team

based on the students' interests and learning needs.

In general, the process follows these steps:

  1. Once admitted, students complete and submit the online Field Placement Application.
  2. A campus field team member or a distance site coordinator reviews the application and begins to coordinate the placement assignment process, which may include a review of the student's file, consultation with other faculty, and meeting with the student to identify strengths and needs for field education.
  3. Based on the information gathered and the availability of field placements, the student is tentatively assigned to a field site.
  4. To confirm the placement is a good match for both the student and the agency, students are asked to interview with the tentative field placement.
  5. Second year MSW placements will be completed prior to other students being placed.
  6. In the second year of the MSW program, there is often greater student demand for certain agencies than available placements. In such instances, agency representatives and the campus or distance team will review and discuss student files and learning needs to determine which students are the best fit with the agency. Those students will be asked to interview, and students not selected for their first choice placements are then considered for their second choice. For more information, please contact the field team.

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