HOW TO FIND A
|Look At What is Available|
|Call to Schedule Interviews|
|At The Interview|
|Secure The Placement|
|When The Semester Begins|
Finding a fieldwork site is similar to looking for a job. It takes time and involves looking at what is available, setting up interviews, and securing a placement.
l Start your
search early—two months before class begins is a reasonable amount of
time to allow for the process.
l Remember, your Fieldwork Placement Form, indicating your confirmed site,
in the Fieldwork Office three weeks before classes begin.
LOOK AT WHAT IS AVAILABLE
l Start by looking
at the Approved Agency Directory. The directory provides information
about all the approved agencies available for fieldwork placements. These agencies
work in conjunction with CSUF to provide a supervised learning experience for the
student—similar to on-the-job training. In return, the agencies receive valuable work
w The Approved
Agency Directory can be purchased in the Titan Bookstore.
w Several copies are available for your use in the Fieldwork Office (EC-479).
l Focus on your interests as you decide which agencies you want to call for interviews.
w What do you want
w What skills do you want to develop?
w What location is most convenient for you?
w What hours will you be available to work?
CALL TO SCHEDULE INTERVIEWS
l Call several
agencies that interest you and schedule interview appointments at three
or four sites. Interviewing several agencies will help you:
Gain clarity about the different populations and work environments that are best
suitable for you.
w Achieve a good match between the agency’s needs and your own needs.
w Ensure that you secure a placement by the due date.
Þ TIP on Meeting Deadlines: Start early—two to three months will allow time for special requirements like training or orientation sessions. Also, agency supervisors often have very busy schedules and are unable to return your calls immediately—it may take a week or longer.
Þ TIP on Meeting Deadlines: Keep in mind that a number of agencies require interns to meet clearance requirements (background check, TB test, DMV report) before beginning the internship. This may take four to six weeks to complete. These requirements should be completed before turning in the Fieldwork Placement Form.
AT THE INTERVIEW
l Dress appropriately
Business suits, pants suits, slacks (and/or dresses and skirts for women)
and jacket or sweater are considered appropriate business attire.
w Men should wear a tie.
w Shoes should be closed-toe, business style. No sports’ shoes or sandals.
w Be clean and well-groomed from head to toe. No strong perfume or cologne.
w Keep jewelry simple.
w Skirts should be a proper business length.
w Business attire is always modest—not tight, sexy, or revealing.
l Be prepared to answer questions the interviewer may have about your educational
career goals, background and previous experience.
l Be prepared with questions that you want to ask. For instance:
What are the goals of the agency?
w What population do they serve?
w What specific tasks will you be doing as an intern?
w Will you get training and hands-on experience?
w What hours will you be expected to work?
w What is the supervisor’s educational background and experience?
SECURE THE PLACEMENT
l A follow-up call, after the interview, may help secure the placement—it is
contact the agency regarding your status if you have not heard from them within three
to five days after your interview.
l Once you have been selected as an intern by the agency supervisor and accepted
offer, you must complete and return the Fieldwork Placement Form to the Fieldwork
Office (EC-479)—due three weeks before classes begin.
l You may begin your fieldwork hours and complete up to 20 hours towards the
requirement before the semester begins.
Þ TIP on completing hours: Students are responsible for keeping track of their own fieldwork hours. Be sure to log all hours you work on the “Student Hourly Recording Form.” This form should be signed by both you and your supervisor when you have completed the 120 hours required.
WHEN THE SEMESTER BEGINS
l Purchase a Fieldwork Packet in the bookstore or download forms here.
l Begin working on the Learning Contract with Site Supervisor. This is due to
course instructor by the second or third week of classes.
l Turn in the Voluntary Release of Liability and Indemnification Agreement to
instructor by due date.
l Continue working on your hours.
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