Field Practicum

On this page, we have compiled the information and forms students and field supervisors will most often need to reference. Students will find links to assist them in recording their field practicum hours, creating their learning plans and a variety of evaluation forms. Field supervisors will find forms to update the program on their agencies and personal credentials as well as evaluation forms. We also provide a link to our field manual and the general responsibilities for each party involved in a field placement for easy reference. Should you have any questions about the material on this page, please contact our field coordinator, Melissa Batalden Mendez,




St. Olaf College Social Work Program

Thursday August 20th –  St Olaf fall semester classes begin.

Tuesday August 25th –  First day of practicum for students (agency orientation)**
Note: Students have classes several hours each day Mon, Wed, Thurs, and Fri. They will be available for orientation and internship activities on Tuesdays only for the 1st few weeks of the semester (Tuesday, August 25th, Sept 1 and Sept 8th). They can begin full time on Monday, Sept 14th.

Tuesday Sept. 8th – Field Supervisors Support and Information Meeting with Zoom** – 3:00-4:30pm

Monday, Sept 14th –  Full-time Field Practicum Begins

Due to COVID-19, there is flexibility for the 2020-21 academic year for learning activities within field placements, including in-person work, remote client and agency contact, agency-related projects, etc. There is also some flexibility this year in the 400-hour minimum BSW field requirement. St Olaf will work closely with students and field sites this fall to support safe and relevant field experiences.

Monday, Sept 14th – Seminars for Students Begins – Mondays 6:30-9:30 pm 

Monday, Oct 19th – Mid-term evaluations due

Monday, Nov 23rd – Field Supervisor Recognition Celebration – 4:00-5:00 pm Via Zoom**
Field Supervisors are invited to a “thank-you” virtual gathering with the students.

Tuesday, Nov 24th – Last day of finals for the fall semester
Students are required to fulfill responsibilities at the agency through this date and should have completed the minimum field hours by this date. If needed, agencies and students will work with St. Olaf Field Coordinator to arrange for other accommodations.

**Zoom invite will be sent out closer to the date.