Social Work Internships

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Welcome to Social Work Field Education

Junior and Senior Field Internships and Practicums

The Field practicum is an integral part of the social work curriculum. The field practicum is the internship portion of the Bachelor social work program. In social work, the field practicum is seen as an integral component of a professional education. Students are given the opportunity to work with experienced social work professionals in a variety of settings to complement classroom theory and research. Students should consider their practicum fieldwork to be the most valuable and significant part of their social work education. Students are given the opportunity to learn to think systemically and to develop skills of a professional social worker. The entire curriculum contributes to preparation for social work practice, but it is during the practicum that students face the real challenges and are afforded opportunities of professional responsibility and ethical practice.

The “Practicum” is essentially a form of supervised community service. Agencies are specifically chosen to provide students the opportunity to engage in direct social work practice experiences with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

The BSW practicum experience is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop and enhance skills related to social work intervention with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The competencies that should be possessed by a graduating BSW include assessment, problem-solving, case management, resource development and an ability to engage in theory based practice in work with various client systems at various levels (individual, family, group, organization, and community).

The Junior Practicum is the first exposure that social work students have as they begin their formal practice experience. This learn-by-doing Practicum consists of 100 clock hours at eight hours per week, during two half days each Tuesday and Thursday morning. Students will have the opportunity for hands-on experience where they can practice their interviewing skills, make client assessments, formulate treatment plans and develop and maintain positive working relationships with a variety of clients and their situations. Under carefully structured and agency supervised conditions, students will explore helping relationships from intake to termination. They will begin to view the totality of the worker/client relationship from a particular theoretical framework, become familiar with various practice methods and experience the role and importance of documentation.

The Senior Internship comes after the successful completion of a one hundred hour Junior Practicum, during which the students have been exposed to social work as a profession and have strengthened their resolve and commitment to social work practice. The Senior Internship consists of a block placement of 400 clock hours of structured, closely supervised field instruction in a human service agency. Most of these agencies have longstanding relationships with the University and are aware of the basic philosophy of the Social Work Program. These agencies are thoroughly committed to the value and necessity of sponsoring, educating, and mentoring undergraduate social work students for professional practice. In these various practice settings and under the close supervision of a seasoned professional, students have the opportunity to experience the practice of professional Social Work.

Paramount in importance will be the opportunity for group, agency, and community evaluation and exploration. As students view these levels of clients from a systems point of view, the goal is to have students evolve to see themselves as agents of change, both for clients and for themselves. Within the realm of their own individual learning potential, it is hoped that students will learn to be masters and evaluators of their own fate and in so doing learn to conceptualize, initiate, maintain momentum, and be responsible for their own learning.

All student Interns are required to have the following TOOLS :

  • Field Handbook
  • Field Workbook
  • Required Textbooks
  • Required Forms and other materials (TBA)
  • 3 ring binder for your personal copies of ALL of your work
  • Portfolio (which will be given to you and remain available in the SOWK office)




From time to time updates will be made to the course or materials…all updates will be available online on the course website and in your Blackboard account, and sometimes emailed directly to you.

If you have questions it is the responsibility of the student to request assistance from the Director of Field Instruction or their Agency Supervisor.


Written by tusksowk

June 2, 2009 at 11:56 am