Thank you for your interest in partnering to develop an opportunity for field study with the UCI School of Social Ecology Field Study Program.    Would your organization benefit from fresh perspectives and scholarly approaches to issues and concerns of importance to your agency?  Would you like to mentor enthusiastic and inquisitive undergraduates who want to make a difference?  The School of Social Ecology Field Study Program is one of the many ways to engage with the undergraduates at UC Irvine. 

The 21st century presents us with a wide array of opportunities for creating a better world. Such opportunities range from local communities creating innovative solutions to their problems, to communities around the world meeting the challenges of a globalized economy. Making the most of these opportunities calls for scholarship that is rigorous and innovative, thoughtful and engaged scholarship that is steeped in the best traditions of social science, and able to break new ground. Our faculty has developed the field study requirement of our undergraduate degree program to engage students in learning more about this type of scholarship through active participation in our community.  Field study provides students with the opportunity to examine social problems; evaluate the merit of ideas presented in the classroom; and educates students in conducting naturalistic scholarly observations and investigations.

Community organizations provide a learning environment where students actively engage in the day-to-day operations of the site while they are conducting a scholarly inquiry related to their placement.  Supervisors provide 1:1 supervision, feedback and mentoring and a professional environment. The role of the student at most placement sites is that of a participant observer. Students are expected to be professional, engaged, inquisitive, and ready to learn and contribute. We ask that agencies commit to being a site for a minimum of one academic year.

Ideal placement organizations provide the students a learning environment and a pre-professional experience.  Applications are accepted from non/not-for profit, NGOs, and public sector organizations.  Organizations must agree to screen, respond to all student inquiries and select students for placements each academic quarter for a period of 2 years.   

The field study placement should be structured to create opportunities for the  the student to:

  • Contribute to the day-to-day activities of the organization by working on duties and tasks related to Social Ecology curriculum.
  • Develop an understanding of organizational goals and objectives;
  • Observe current social problems and evaluate intervention strategies;
  • Perceive relationships between theories learned in the classroom and practice experienced in the field; and
  • Develop interpersonal and technical competencies required in the workplace.

If you are interested in providing field study opportunities for Social Ecology students, please complete the on-line application below and review the Field Study Placement Agreement.

After we receive the application materials, we will schedule a site visit on the next available field day to discuss the field study partnership you propose and evaluate your organization as a placement site for our students.  

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