Field Education FAQ's for BASW Students
How and when do I apply?
Undergraduate students usually apply to field in their junior
year. Applications are usually requested in February of their spring
term. The application may be found on the Social Work
Department website under Field Forms. Remember to attach a copy of
What happens after I turn in my application?
All field application are reviewed and requests are matched.
Someone in the field office will contact you and give you the
name and phone number of a supervisor in your potential
placement agency. You will contact the supervisor to set up an
interview. After your interview, you will report back to the
field office and the field office will confirm your field
placement. If you have an agency in mind where you want to do
your field placement, we ask that you talk to the field office
How do I prepare for my interview with a prospective field
Treat this interview as if you were applying for a job in the
agency. Dress for success, not a college class. Be prepared for
the interview by researching the agency and go with a list of
questions to ask, such as "What do student interns do in this
agency?" Take your updated resume and remember to be
What happens after my placement is confirmed?
Before the start of the semester, touch base with your
supervisor. Review any correspondence from the Social Work Field
Office regarding any mandatory orientation to field and review
the field calendars on the Social Work Department website.
Confirm your start date and ask if there is anything that you
need to do before your first day. Some agencies require a PPD,
background check, driving record, etc.
How much time will I spend in a field placement?
Undergraduate students spend 16 hours per week in field while
school is in session, both fall and spring semesters. Most
students spend Tuesdays and Thursdays in field, but that may be
flexible at times based on the placement and student schedule.
At this time, we do not have any evening or weekend field
placements available. You will need to make yourself available
two days during the normal work week in order to complete your
What kind of supervision will I receive?
You will receive supervision from an agency-designated
supervisor, usually a licensed social worker, and you will have
a Salisbury University faculty member serve as your Field
How many placements will I have?
Both semesters are spent in the same agency.
Are there any paid field placements?
The only stipend available for field is through the
IV-E Program. Stipends range from about $7, 000 to $9,500
per year. Please review the information on the Field Education
website link if you are interested in doing your placement in a
public child welfare program as it is restrictive and a
competitive process. You must do a field placement in a local
Department of Social Services in Maryland (Maryland Department
of Human Resources); you must seek employment after graduation
with DHR; you must be available to attend mandatory trainings on
campus throughout your field placement and in the spring in
Baltimore; and you must have a valid driver’s license. In the
event that you are not able to fulfill any of the commitments
set forth in your contract, you will be required to repay your
stipend to the school within 3 months.
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