Internships and Field Work
What distinguishes our program is that Social Work majors complete more than 600 hours of field education, interning within a range of social work organizations. Each of these internships is accompanied by a weekly seminar that helps students make connections between their hands-on learning in the field and what they are learning in the classroom. In your first semester you'll be placed in a setting where you will learn about the many ways that professional social workers make a difference in peoples' lives. In your junior year Helping Relationship practicum, you'll work with individuals or small groups. You will apply theories of human behavior and practice the basic interviewing and assessment skills in supporting elderly people who have dementia, leading a bereavement group for children, or helping incarcerated people make plans for their reintegration into the community.
Your Macro-practice field practicum will give you the chance to learn how social workers create change in organizations, in communities, and in broader society. You might learn to write grants to fund a food justice program, help implement a citywide strategy to reduce underage drinking, or organize an event educating state legislators about the needs of people with mental illness. Throughout these hands-on experiences, you will apply your knowledge of social policy and will develop skills related to agency administration, community outreach, and advocacy. In your capstone Senior Field Instruction you will spend 15 hours/week in your placement agency, engaged in a wide range of professional social work roles. You will hone your social work skills and will become comfortable in your role as a social work practitioner with individuals or groups, and will implement a research project. Recent students have provided case management services to children in foster care, helped incarcerated men develop plans for employment and housing, led domestic violence support groups, and assessed the needs of people in mental health crisis.