University Partnership Program

University Partnership Program (UPP)

An Experience where you can grow and thrive.

This program includes specialized hands-on training that will prepare you for a career working with children and families where there are issues of abuse and neglect.

Students successfully graduating from UPP will be first in line to be offered a job at a child welfare agency and will be eligible to receive $5,000-$10,000.

Is the University Partnership Program a Good Fit for Me?

Do you want a challenging and rewarding career?

Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of children and families?

Does a cash incentive to participate in a state-of-the-art program appeal to you?

Would you like extra support as you develop into a social work professional?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the University Partnership Program (UPP) might be for you.

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How Does it Work?

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To be eligible for UPP you must be enrolled in the BSW or MSW program.

Take two specialized child welfare classes.

Complete two semesters of practicum in a public child welfare agency.

Secure employment in a public child welfare agency after graduation (within 180 days) and receive $5,000 incentive for each year of participation in UPP (up to $10,000).

What does UPP offer you that other programs don't

• Cash incentive.

• Specialized coursework and training in child welfare.

• Fast track to full time employment.

• Opportunity to complete two semesters of field placement in child welfare.

• Individualized attention, mentoring, and support by the UPP Campus Coordinator, class instructors and field supervisors.

• Early exposure to the field of child welfare.

• Potential to have required "Core" training for new hires waived, reducing the amount of time needed in training once hired.

• Assistance in finding employment in a child welfare agency.

• Support, both academically and socially to help participating students develop into child welfare professionals.

What's required of me?

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Attend two specialized child welfare classes.

Complete two semesters of field practicum in a public Ohio child welfare agency.

Participate in UPP seminars and meetings.

Motivation and enthusiasm to serve vulnerable families from diverse backgrounds.

How to apply

Contact the UPP Campus Coordinator at for an application.

Complete the UPP application, including an essay and resume.

Interview with the UPP Campus Coordinator and possibly field agency staff.

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