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Field Placement Search Process


Information on the search process can be found below. Newly admitted students will receive an email on what to expect as they begin the field search process. Those who confirm their enrollments will also be sent specific instructions on how to get started. Any questions can be directed to field@msudenver.edu


Field Information Sessions

All students who will be taking a Field Experience Course in 2020-21 must attend a field information session. Check here for any upcoming info sessions. Please carefully review the Field Education FAQ 2020-21 and either the BSSW/MSW Foundation Field Placement Process Timeline or MSW Concentration Field Placement Process Timeline . Any questions can be directed to field@msudenver.edu.   

 


 Upcoming Newly Admitted MSW Foundation Information Sessions

 

Date TimeLocation
Monday, January 13th  12:30 pm - 1:30 pm ZOOM - Use this link to join
Friday, January 24th  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ZOOM - Use this link to join
Wednesday, January 29th 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm ZOOM - Use this link to join

 

Upcoming Newly Admitted MSW Advanced Standing Information Sessions

 

DateTimeLocation
Thursday, January 16th   12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ZOOM - Use this link to join
Monday, January 27th  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm ZOOM - Use this link to join
Thursday, January 30th  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ZOOM - Use this link to join

 


***All Newly admitted students should attend one of the information sessions listed above. The recorded information session was intended for continuing students who were not able to attend a session in 2019. 

2020-21 Information Session Transcript



 


Search Process Timeline 2020-21

Click on a drop down menu below to view the timeline process for each student level.


 

BSSW and Foundation Timeline visual

INFORMATION - November to December
Students attend an information session to become familiar with and ask a question about the placement process. 

APPLICATION (In Sonia)- December 18, 2019 - January 15, 2020
Students complete an application for field placement where they list both the skills and knowledge they hope to acquire in placement, as well as populations, settings, and social issues they wish to gain more experience in. Students have the option of requesting specific agency placements. Please review the 2020-21 Field Placement Search Process Sonia guide to review this process. 

MEETINGS & OPTIONS - January 7th to February 15th
Students will meet with their designated Placement Officer and receive at least three options for potential field placements.

PREPARE -January - February
Students carefully review the Next Steps document (see Search Forms section below). Students begin updating resume and crafting cover letters.

CONTACT - February 5th
Students begin contacting agencies to request internship interviews on February 6th.

INTERVIEW & EVALUATE - February to June
Students interview at assigned agency sites so that both the agency and student can mutually determine if a placement is a good fit.

CONFIRMATION - May 29th (or sooner)
Students notify Field Office of being offered and accepting a field placement.

STUDENT FIELD ORIENTATION - August (Date TBA)
Students will attend mandatory student field orientation during the first week of classes in lieu of field seminar class. They will meet with their field seminar instructor and go over field requirements and guidelines.

 BSSW and Foundation Timeline visual

INFORMATION SESSION - December 

Students attend a mandatory information session to become familiar with and ask a question about the placement process. 

APPLICATION (In Sonia) - 
Students complete an application for field placement in the Sonia Data Base where they list both the skills and knowledge they hope to acquire in placement, as well as populations, settings, and social issues they wish to gain more experience in. Students have the option of requesting specific agency placements. Please review the 2020-21 Field Placement Search Process Sonia Guide to complete this process. 

PLACEMENT MEETINGS January - February
Students will sign up for one on one meetings with their designated Placement Officer in Sonia. Students will meet with their designated Placement Officer to discuss placement options and be referred to at least 3 different agencies to apply to. 

PREPARE & CONTACT - Starting February 5th
Once students are referred to agencies, agency contact information will be sent to students via email. Students carefully review the Next Steps document (see Search Forms section below). Students update resume and craft cover letters and make contact with approved agencies to request internship interviews on February 5th.

INTERVIEW & EVALUATE - February 5th - May 29th
Students interview at assigned agency sites so that both the agency and student can mutually determine if a placement is a good fit.

CONFIRMATION - May 29th (or sooner)
Once students have been offered and accept a field placement, students must complete the Field Confirmation Form in Sonia to finalize the placement.

STUDENT FIELD ORIENTATION - August (Dates TBD)
Students will attend mandatory student field orientation during the first week of classes in lieu of field seminar class. They will meet with their field seminar instructor and go over field requirements and guidelines.

 MSW Concentration 2020-21 Timeline visual

INFORMATION SESSION - December 

Students attend an information session to become familiar with and ask questions about the placement process. 

APPLICATION (in Sonia) 
Students complete an application for field placement. This application will be done using the online SONIA field database.

AGENCY DATABASE REVIEW & PLACEMENT PREFERENCING -Starts December 14th 
Students access SONIA field database to review potential field placement options. Students select 5 agencies that they'd like to interview with, and indicate this in the Sonia field database. Field Office reviews placement preferences and approves the student's top 3 choices. Students can choose to sign up for an individual meeting with their Placement Officer to discuss placement options. Please review the 2020-21 Field Placement Search Process Sonia Guide for additional information about this process. 

PREPARE & CONTACT- Starts February 5th
Once preferences are approved, agency contacts will be accessible to students in the Sonia database on February 6th. Students carefully review the Next Steps document (see Search Forms section below). Students update resume and crafting cover letters and make contact with approved agencies to request internship interviews starting February 5th.

INTERVIEW & EVALUATE- February 5th - May 29th
Students interview at assigned agency sites so that both the agency and student can mutually determine if a placement is a good fit.

CONFIRMATION - May 29th (or sooner)
Students confirm a field placement but completing an online Field Confirmation Form in Sonia.

STUDENT FIELD ORIENTATION - August (Dates TBD)
Students will attend mandatory student field orientation during the first week of classes in lieu of field seminar class. They will meet with their field seminar instructor and go over field requirements and guidelines.


 


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Location:

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Office of Field Education
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