Practicum Process and Timeline

Senior Field Practicum Timeframe – Your Junior Year

  • Sept—November: Attend agency presentations of seniors currently in Field Seminar—watch for the emails for time and place. This gives you great information and personal contact with students who have experienced the placement, all without having to go off campus.
  • November: Attend a required Field Practicum Meeting for all juniors.
  • December: Before you leave campus for Christmas break, make an appointment with the Career Services office for help with your resume.
  • January 15th: Submit an FP application to the Field Practicum Coordinator. (This includes a copy of your resume.) 
  • February: Attend Social Work Fair. Learn how to prepare for the fair here.
  • March: Make an appointment to meet with the Field Practicum Coordinator to jointly identify five potential field practicum sites. Research your five sites: check websites; contact students previously placed there.
  • April 1: Email the Field Practicum Coordinator with the three field practicum sites you would like to pursue. Ask for the contact information if needed and email or call to schedule interviews. Email the program information sheet to your contact person or bring it with you to the interview so the agency understands Gordon’s requirements.
  • April: Complete an interview with at least three agencies. Email the Field Practicum Coordinator when these have been scheduled. Find out more about preparing for your interview here.   
  • May 1: Send a letter to the agency of your choice, confirming your acceptance of the placement. Send a copy to the Field Practicum Coordinator with your supervisor’s name, degree, title, address, phone and email. Suggest an actual starting date (must be within a week of the first day of classes), and see if they are in agreement with you starting on this date.  
  • May 7: Send an email of thanks to the agencies who interviewed you, but you do not choose as your agency for field practicum.

Students cannot register for the Field Practicum and Field Practicum Seminar unless they have secured an approved Field Practicum Site and emailed their Supervisor information to the Field Practicum Program Coordinator. This means that:

  • Students assigned to a Fall Semester Field Practicum must have a placement secured and approved before they can register for fall courses. Students who do not meet this deadline before the end of the registration period will have to pay late fees.
  • Students assigned to a Spring Semester Field Practicum must have a placement secured and approved before they can register for spring courses. Students who do not meet this deadline before the end of the registration period will have to pay late fees.
  • Students in off campus programs during Spring Semester of their junior year must either arrange a placement before they leave (during Fall semester) or insure that they are registered for a spring semester Field Practicum for their    senior year.