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 ProgramIMPORTANT FIELD PRACTICUM DATES 2022

St. Olaf College Social Work Program

Field Coordinator (Melissa Mendez) will have individual field check in meetings with field
instructors during the weeks of August 29th and September 5th in preparation for students
beginning their agency orientations

Sept. 8 (Thurs) Classes begin for students. All students will be back in town for orientations,
background checks and the like as needed.

**Sept. 13 (Tue) First day of practicum for students (agency orientation)
Also Sept 20 & 27 (8 hours each day)
          Note: Students have classes several hours each day Mon, Wed, Thurs, and Fri. They will go to the
          agencies on Tuesdays only in Sept.

**Tuesday Sept. 27th Field Supervisors Support and Information Meeting with Zoom 3:00-
Zoom invite will be sent out closer to the date.

Oct 3rd (Mon) Full-time Field Practicum Begins

          Full-time means 40 hours per week of quality, generalist social work activities, primarily focused
          on and involving contact with clients—individuals, families, groups, organizations and the
          community; if the agency considers 37 ½ hours “full time” the student is responsible for
          scheduling appropriate activities to “make up” the remaining 2 ½ hours per week.
               Total hours required for BSW internship: 400 hours minimum

Field Seminars for students: Mondays 7-10 pm starting October 3rd

Oct. 17 and 18th* (Mon & Tues) St. Olaf Fall Break –

Note: Students with placements in MN schools will take the break when the schools break for The
Education Minnesota Professional Conference (formerly MEA).

Nov. 7th (Mon) Mid-term evaluations due

Nov. 23-27 (Wed-Fri)* St. Olaf Thanksgiving Break

Note: Students short on hours should plan to work on Wednesday, Nov 24, and have break on Thursday
and Friday.

          *The Program acknowledges Fall and Thanksgiving breaks as official college breaks and does
          not generally require practicum attendance, but encourages students to consider responsibilities to
          clients and the agency and to use one or more of these days, if necessary, to fulfill required hours.

Dec. 13 (Tues) Field Supervisor Recognition Celebration – 4:00-5:00 pm
Field Supervisors are invited to a “thank-you” meeting with the students on campus. Supervisors
and students are invited to enjoy dinner together in the cafeteria following this meeting.

Dec. 13 (Tues) Last day of scheduled classes

Students are required to fulfill responsibilities at the agency through this date and should have
          completed the minimum 400 clock hours by this date. Students may continue until the end of
          final exams on Tuesday, Dec 21st for programmatic reasons, such as completing the school term
          or some other similar responsibility. If needed, agencies and students will work with St. Olaf
          Field Coordinator to arrange for other accommodations.