Junior Year Field Experience
junior year, social work majors are introduced to the community setting of
social work practice by completing two semesters of a field placement. For eight hours each week, students are
professionally supervised in a social service agency, allowing them to learn
agency function and policies, staff practices, populations served and pertinent
and available community resources.
In the second semester, students practice beginning
skills such as interviewing, conducting home visits and community outreach.
Learning focuses on the conscious use of appropriate skills, the application of
values and knowledge in the field experience and the importance of the
these field placements, students experience firsthand the negative consequences
that racism, sexism and economic injustice have on the client populations of
Senior Year Field Experience
majors complete two semesters of an internship during their senior year,
building on the fieldwork completed during their junior year. Students spend 16
hours each week in an approved practice setting, giving them the experience
necessary to begin as a generalist practitioner upon graduation.
internships, students engage in professionally supervised learning experiences
in social service agencies working primarily with individuals and families.
These internships allow students to use their knowledge of a variety of
theories, skills and social work principles to explore practice domains and
strengthen their practice with clients. Students
follow clients through each phase of the helping process and engage in
community organizing, policy analysis, tracking legislation and testifying on
Field experiences have included: