Field internship is the practical application of the knowledge, values and skills acquired in the classroom. The primary goal of the internship is education and preparation for professional practice. The aim of the Field experience is to provide interns the opportunity to develop and integrate values, knowledge, and skills learned in the classroom with practice in actual practice settings. Practice settings include non-sectarian and religiously affiliated agencies and organizations. Through the internship experience, theory is applied, skills refined, and attitudes, values, and ethical dilemmas are examined. It is expected that each intern will be fully engaged in the professional learning opportunities provided by the agency, faith based organization or congregation under the supervision of the Field Instructor. Baccalaureate interns will be expected to achieve skill development similar to entry level generalist practitioners.
Baccalaureate Field internship begins after the student has successfully completed the core Social Work courses. These include: Introduction to Social Work, Marriage and Family, Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II, Social Policy, Research, Statistics for Social Workers and Practice I and II.
Field internship is the application of the knowledge and skills the student has obtained in the core classroom courses. The program includes two semesters of Field instruction taken concurrently with other courses. Internship I and II each require the student to complete at minimum, 16 hours per week for 15 weeks, for a minimum total of 240 hours per semester or 480 hours total. During the first semester Field internship, the baccalaureate student is not permitted to take more than 15 semester hours (including Field internship) without the consent of the Associate Dean for Baccalaureate Studies.
Prior to beginning Field internship, all students must attend the School of Social Work's Baccalaureate Field Orientation. This orientation includes the presentation of Field policies, discussion of Field requirements and evaluation, grading procedures, a description of the Field faculty/liaison system, and a discussion of internship sites and the placement process. Failure to attend this orientation will prohibit entry into Field internship and will therefore delay a student’s course of study.
Additional policies and procedures can be found in the Field Manual.