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Field Education

Information for Out-of-State Students


Students must complete all required steps listed below. Failure to complete on time will result in a delay in placement and/or graduation.


Review the Out-of-State FAQ

Complete all pre-placement requirements (Field Application, Resume upload) prior to due date in Sonia

Note: You will receive orientation information and access to Sonia approximately one semester prior to your field start date

Review Sonia for Currently Affiliated Agencies

Note: To determine if there are any agencies in your area currently affiliated with OSU, click on “sites” at the top of your Sonia page. Then click the arrow on the left side of the page to expand this box, allowing you to filter by state.

Submit Site Preferences (if agencies are available) and/or complete a Supplemental Site Preferences Form in Sonia. Instructions for this can be found here.

Contact potential agencies in your area and inquire about MSW internship opportunities

Note: Request to speak to someone directly (e.g. education coordinator, internship coordinator, clinical director, etc.)

  Gather ALL contact information for the agency including contact person’s name, email, and phone number

If the agency requests additional information, refer them to the Becoming a Field Agency Webpage

Complete the Supplemental Site Preferences Form prior to the due date in Sonia

Note: Form MUST include 2-3 agencies with all required information and cannot be submitted until you have spoken directly with someone from the agency

Update your placement officer upon submitting the Supplemental Site Preferences Form

Follow steps provided by placement officer to begin the Affiliation Agreement Process


Please check with your local licensing board regarding licensure or any questions regarding a license. For licensing board contact information, licensure requirements and program approval status, please visit


Field placements are completed during two to three workdays during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). To complete field education, employed students must arrange their work schedules to accommodate weekday time in field placement. Additional field education hours may be approved for weekends and after business hours, with appropriate supervision available by the agency.