Roles and Responsibilities
What is the placement site’s role?
Placement sites provide a learning environment where students actively engage in the day-to-day operations of the site and have opportunities to observe and connect with professionals in the field. Supervisors provide 1:1 supervision, feedback and mentoring.
What is the student’s role?
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.
What are the supervisor’s responsibilities?
Recruit and accept qualified students on a quarterly basis for 1 full academic year. Sites that are accepted mid-year are expected to continue through June of the following academic year.
- Notify all students who apply about availability of opportunities
- Structure the field work to provide a learning opportunity directly related to curriculum in Social Ecology
- Develop and assign responsibilities, so that students may learn both technical and non-technical skills
- Clearly communicate expectations and responsibilities to students.
- Adhere to program deadlines
- Schedule hours during the placement period so that student can complete the hours required.
- Provide training, supervision and feedback to each student -approximately 1 hour per week
- Confirm students in field study placements are authorized by Social Ecology by reviewing field study Agreement Forms
- Provide a verbal and written evaluation to the student and certify the number of hours the student completed via the evaluation form
- Contact Field Study Staff if there are any problems or issues that cannot be resolved with the student
- Nominate outstanding students for recognition
How should opportunities be structured?
- Ideal placement sites provide students with a pre-professional experience and structure activities that allow the student to:
- Observe current social problems and evaluate intervention strategies
- 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
- Perceive relationships between theories learned in the classroom and practice experienced in the field
- Develop interpersonal and technical competencies required in the workplace
- A supervisor must be available (in person or remotely) during students' fieldwork hours for addressing questions or issues
- PLEASE NOTE: No more than 25% of a student's fieldwork should be comprised of administrative/clerical work (e.g., answering phones, filing, organizing, repetitive paperwork, etc.)
What are students NOT permitted to do as part of their field study placement?
- Work without supervision
- Deliver in-home services without a professional staff present
- Work 1-on-1 in closed spaces with a minor (in-person or remotely).
- Be asked to purchase items with their own money, on behalf of the organization, without a reimbursement
- Run personal errands (pick up coffee, food, etc) on behalf of a supervisor.
- Transport clients in their personal vehicles.
- Should not replace a paid employee without compensation.
- Complete more than 25% of their fieldwork engaged in administrative/clerical work (e.g., answering phones, filing, organizing, repetitive paperwork, etc.)
Are students allowed to complete hours prior to the beginning of the placement period?
- Yes, students are allowed to complete, and get credit for, up to 8 hours prior to the start of the placement period to take care of:
- Necessary training
- Background checks
- TBT test (or other medical clearances)
- Other related pre- placement period, onboarding, items
How do I update our listing?
- Complete the Catalog Listing Update Request Form
- Allow 5-6 business days for your changes to be reflected on your listing.
- Email us at email@example.com
Tips & Resources
Use this worksheet as a guide for things to consider as you develop your field study opportunity.
Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (PDF)
Engage: Annotated Bibliography
NACE - National Association of Colleges and Employers
CIWEA - California Internship & Work Experience Association