Organisation-wide Internship and Field Placement Tracking

Sonia provides a rock solid foundation to support internships and field placements (or work experience, cooperative education, field education) throughout your organisation. From the largest faculties placing thousands of students per year through to small schools that wish to record student-initiated placements, Sonia handles them all.  We know that every area of your organisation has its own terminology and placement rules - Sonia has the flexibility to handle them all.

Sonia Can Help Busy Placement Staff

Sonia helps your team stay on top of placements and keep the stress level down.  Your students will use Sonia to keep track of their placements, prerequisites and preferences - meaning fewer emails and phone calls.

Sonia helps you manage the organisations you deal with. Your relationship with an organisation is more than a name and address. You want to make sure that the placement providers and your students enjoy a really great placement experience. Students will be prepared with the right information and venues will be kept up to date with tailored emails, web site and printed information.

Standard reports and flexible exports make it easy to satisfy requests for placement data and statistics.

Site Management

Sonia is a fantastic choice for universities looking for an organisation-wide placement solution. While schools can keep and control their own terminology and business rules, Sonia allows placement providers (sites) to be shared across the organisation.

Potential placement providers can use the Sonia web site to nominate themselves and provide the initial contact information.

These new venues can be tracked and processed in Sonia and eventually turned into qualified placement providers.

Only Sonia gives this flexibility plus the power to manage thousands of student placements simultaneously.

Sonia Key Features

  • Supports multiple schools
  • Staff can customise terminology and business rules to suit their unique requirements
  • Placement options range from automated allocation through to student-driven
  • Connection to your student enrolment system and other university infrastructure
  • Bulk emailing/SMS with mail merge
  • Electronic forms easily designed and sent to contacts
  • Custom fields can be added throughout Sonia
  • Sites can be shared across all schools
  • Interviews can be setup between sites, students, supervisors, etc.
  • Unlimited attachment of documents and notes
  • Student attendance records
  • Easy to use wizards to reduce data input
  • Online registration of potential new placement providers
  • Student nomination of new sites
  • Supervisor roster for planning and allocating supervisor staff to placements
  • Ad hoc reports and exports give you flexible access to the data you need
  • Over 90 reports available
  • Mentor payments with configurable calculation methods
  • Social networking built in - send your alerts to students via Twitter and Facebook
  • Placement history is retained indefinitely
  • Multilingual/Internationalised



  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with IIS, 8G RAM
  • Microsoft Windows SQL Server 2008 R2, 8G RAM
  • Placement staff workstations: Microsoft Windows 7 or 8, Apple Macintosh*, multiple monitors
  • Students, supervisors and placement provider staff: a current web browser.


  • Oracle is a fully supported alternative to Microsoft SQL Server

Student Enrolment System

  • Sonia works with all student enrolment systems

Cloud Support

  • Microsoft Azure
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)

* requires additional software


Find Out More Today

Contact Planet Software to organise an online demonstration, and learn more about Sonia and how it manages student placement.

Your Sonia Licence

If you are currently using Sonia, you are already licensed to use the latest version.

Student Information

Sonia will import all of the contact and enrolment information about your students from your current student enrolment system.

Sonia's import flexibility means we can bring across any data in your student system - not just the basics. This might include next of kin information or perhaps prerequisite checks. 


Your Sonia license includes telephone, email and remote access support for all staff that use Sonia.

If you need a service level agreement (SLA) ask about Sonia Premium Support.


We recommend both initial training and regular training updates for all Sonia users.

Technical Support

Sonia is designed to make the technical side of supporting the application even easier for your overworked IT departments.

Alternatively Planet Software can provide remote technical support as part of our premium support.

Virtual Server Support

Sonia works well in a virtual server environment such as VMware.

Multiple Server Support

We recommend spreading the Sonia server functions over multiple physical or virtual servers for optimum performance and reliability.


For our latest price list, contact:

Australia: +61 8 8443 6499

Europe: +44 20 7193 8312

USA: +1 240 752 6690

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