Internships and Field Instruction

Field instruction is a central part of social-work professional education and provides students with an opportunity to practice and integrate theory in the field under the guidance and instruction of an experienced field instructor. Students may select a field placement from affiliated agencies in consultation with the Field Instruction Coordinator, Kristi Austin.

First-year full-time students are required to complete a minimum of 15 clock hours of field instruction per week during fall and spring semesters for a total minimum of 450 clock hours for the academic year divided into a minimum of 225 clock hours per semester. Second-year full-time students and advanced standing full-time students are required to complete a minimum of 20 clock hours of field instruction per week during the fall and spring semesters for a total minimum of 600 clock hours for the academic year divided into a minimum of 300 clock hours per semester.

Part-time students begin their field placement in the second year and are required to complete a minimum of 15 clock hours of field instruction per week during each regular semester for a total of 450 clock hours for the academic year divided into a minimum of 225 clock hours per semester. Part-time third-year students and part-time advanced standing second-year students complete a minimum of 20 clock hours of field instruction per week during the fall and spring semesters for a total minimum of 600 clock hours for the academic year divided into a minimum of 300 clock hours per semester.

The field instruction experience provides students with the opportunity to acquire skills necessary to function in a practice setting, while integrating and applying the theoretical classroom material to actual client contacts. The students work in close cooperation with the faculty of the School of Social Work and the agency field instruction faculty in selecting their field learning experiences.

 

With more than 400 agencies to choose from, the students can select their field placements from a variety of settings, including Aging/Gerontology; Alcohol, Drug or Substance Abuse; Child Welfare; Community Planning; Corrections/Criminal Justice; Family Services; Group Services; Health; Occupational/Industrial Social Work; Mental Health; Public Assistance/Public Welfare; or Rehabilitation.

 

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