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M.S.W. Field Fair 2017

  • Monday, April 3, 2017
    Coffman Memorial Union, East Bank (map and parking information)
  • M.S.W. Registration Orientation and Field Orientation: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
    Field Fair: 3-5 p.m., Great Hall (ground level), Coffman

Field Fair is intended for students who plan to begin a concurrent field placement in Fall 2017. It is held at Coffman Memorial Union on the East Bank of the Minneapolis campus. Field orientation is part of the morning and early afternoon program, and Field Fair is from 3 to 5 p.m. There are also two important instructional videos about field that you should watch prior to the Field Orientation, that can be found on the newly admitted students page.

A student interviews with an agency representative at Field Fair

Why Students Should Attend Orientation and Field Fair

The orientation provides students with information on what to look for in an internship, how to choose the best internship for their needs and how to effectively interview for internships. The Field Fair offers the opportunity for students to meet with representatives from the local agencies offering internships, obtain contact information, and begin to arrange one-to-one interviews. We strongly urge students to attend Field Fair if they will be beginning a field placement in Fall 2016.

Important: If you are planning to do a Fall 2017 field placement and will be attending Field Fair on April 3, please bring several copies of your resume to share with the agencies with whom you want to interview. (If you are planning to do a Block Placement in Summer 2017, you do not need to attend Field Fair.)

Interviewing Starts April 4, 2017

No contact nor interviews with agencies should take place before the official start of the interview period, April 4, 2017. The three graduate social work programs in the Twin Cities (University of Minnesota, Augsburg College, and the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine) follow the same timelines for interviewing and selecting agencies. The three programs match students cooperatively in a joint meeting after the interviewing process is completed. Because it has proven beneficial to all three programs to have a shared timeline and process, any attempts by students to circumvent the process will result in forfeiting the opportunity to interview at the desired agency.

Do Some Homework Before Field Fair

To get the most out of Field Fair, do some homework ahead of time. You will receive your Internship Placement Tracking (IPT) login via email on March 29. On that day, the list of available placements will be posted. Review the list, then login to the IPT site to view the specific agency/placement descriptions to find out more information about placements that interest you. (If you have not yet received a login by March 29, please contact Rosetta Chears, Field Program Coordinator, to receive a login.)

If you absolutely cannot attend Field Fair, please complete the Field Practicum Application and email it to MJ Gilbert. Information on this form will help the field staff as they work with you to find a good field placement.