Requesting a Field Placement

Request for Field Placement

To initiate the "Request for Field Placement," the student on the main campus submits the completed form (outlined below), a copy of a current resume to the Field Education Administrative Assistant at the time specified on the Field Education Schedule. Students are also required to submit a Student Agreement/Release of Information Form (completed upon admission). Once the form is recieved, it is processed and the student is assigned to a Field Coordinator who will then contact the student. An appointment will be set up with the student and their assigned Field Coordinator to discuss and plan the field placement process.

Students at UPB and UPJ will submit their request to their respective MSW Program Coordinator.

Second Year and Advanced Standing Students

Advanced Standing students on main campus attend a required Field Planning Meeting in August during New Student Orientation of their first year. At that time the students review the Field Placement forms and other important information students will need to know for the placement process. Advanced Standing and Second Year students use the Request for Concentration Field Placement Form. Incoming Advanced Standing Students should not submit any Field Placement Documents until they have become a matriculated student (paid the deposit and have been issued a University of Pittsburgh email address). 

The Office of Field Education is moving towards electronic submission of these forms to increase ease of use and submission. Please use the link below to utilize this new process. 

* Please allow for a few days of processing. A field coordinator will contact you.

Non-Advanced Standing Students

Non-Advanced Standing students (also called Generalist Students) will attend the field seminar during the semester in which they start their first Field Placement - Fall Term for Full-Time and Summer Term for Part-Time students. This 1 hour per week seminar serves as an overview of the Field Education process and goals. To begin the process, non-advanced standing students complete the Request for Generalist Field Placement Form. Students should read and understand the information on the forms and handouts. Incoming Non-Advanced Standing Students should not submit any Field Placement Documents until they have become a matriculated student (paid the deposit and have been issued a University of Pittsburgh email address). 

The Office of Field Education is moving towards electronic submission of these forms to increase ease of use and submission. Please use the link below to utilize this new process. 

* Please allow for a few days of processing. A field coordinator will contact you.

Employment-Based Field Placement

Students requesting to use their employing agency as a field site should use the Request for Employment-Based Field Placement Form.

* Only use Adobe Acrobat to fill out the forms. Download Adobe Reader herePaper submissions should be delivered to room 2005 Cathedral of Learning.

UPB and UPJ students

The actual timing of planning meetings at UPB and UPJ will vary according to the readiness of each new cohort to enter the field. Generally speaking, the planning meeting will occur in the term prior to the students entering the field.

UPB and UPJ Students will request and confirm placements through processes outlined by the directors of their respective programs.

Field Placement Confirmation

Students need to confirm their field placement schedule with their field instructor prior to the start of the field placement. No field placement is confirmed by the School of Social Work without MSW Field Placement Confirmation Form that has been signed by Student, Field Instructor, and Field Coordinator. Unconfirmed placements are not valid and hours may not be coutned towards the required total.

Only use Adobe Acrobat to fill out the forms. Download Adobe Reader here.