Resources for Students

WHAT IS FIELD EXPERIENCE?

The Field Experience is educationally directed and professionally supervised to provide students with the opportunity to engage in generalist social work activities in social service agency settings. 

Students planning to enter field internships submit their applications early in the semester in which they are enrolled.  Students are interviewed by the Field Director(s) to explore interests and share information. 

***Internships are finalized by the Field Director(s) during the semester preceding the term of the field experience.

 

BSW internships should include:

  • Psychosocial assessments, interviewing, problem-solving, and supportive counseling with individuals, families and/or groups as well as completing the associated paperwork
  • Indirect client work
  • Professional or educational meetings/workshops
  • Evaluation (i.e. data collection, outcomes development)
  • Case management (resource allocation and referral) - Advocacy and planned social change work

 

MSW Foundation Year internships should include:

  • Psychosocial assessments, interviewing, problem solving, and supportive counseling with individuals, families and/or groups as well as completing the associated paperwork.
  • Indirect client work
  • Professional or educational meetings/workshops
  • Evaluation (i.e. data collection, outcomes, development)
  • Case management (resource allocation and referral)
  • Advocacy and planned social change work

 

MSW 2nd Year & Advanced Standing internships should include:

The Field Experience for the 2nd year MSW student builds on their foundation skills developed and practiced in their first internship (or BSW internship for the advanced standing student) and should include an emphasis on advanced clinical social work practice.  Note, that Advanced Standing students are those accepted based on demonstrated high academic and field achievement in the BSW work.

  • Advanced clinical assessments of individuals, families, and groups
  • On-going contact
  • Specific use of intervention or psychotherapeutic models based on advanced theories
  • Indirect client work
  • Professional or educational meetings/workshops including presentations at such meetings
  • Attendance and participation at community meetings, staff and board meetings
  • Evaluation (i.e. data collection, outcomes development)
  • Case Management (resource allocation and referral)
  • Advocacy and planned social change work

 

THE FIELD PLACEMENT PROCESS:

STEP 1:  Download and submit completed “Internship Application” for your corresponding program (i.e. BSW / MSW 1st year, MSW 2nd year, MSW Advance Standing) to SOWK Field Office (Rm. 015 / 022).

STEP 2:  Schedule an appointment with Prof. Twyla E. Smith, MSW (Director of Field Education) to discuss potential internship sites and available opportunities.

STEP 3:  Once your internship site has been confirmed, download and submit your completed “Student Practicum Agreement” form within one week from your start date to the Field Office (Note: The form MUST BE SIGNED by your supervisor).

STEP 4:  Follow the “Internship Timeline” for the Learning Plans and Faculty Liaison Visits schedule (Note:  All Learning Plans must be discussed with your internship site supervisor and MUST BE TYPED ahead of time in preparation for Faculty Liaison visit) – download “Learning Plans” from link below corresponding to your program.

STEP 5:  Download and submit “Field Practicum Timesheet” every 3 weeks to the SOWK Field Office (Note:  Timesheets MUST BE SIGNED by your supervisor and reflect dates worked at the internship site in order to be recorded).

 

LEARNING PLANS:

 

BY THE END OF YOUR FIELD EXPERIENCE, YOU MUST TURN IN THE FOLLOWING ASSIGNMENTS (see "Internship Syllabus" posted in Moodle for more details):

 

  • Learning Plans  (i.e. 2 LPs - for BSW / MSW 1st & 2nd year ; 3 LPs - for Advanced Standing)

  • Practicum Timesheets

  • Liaison Visits (submitted by Faculty Liaison)

  • (2) Continuing Education Papers/Seminar(s) – Continuing Education is an important aspect of being a professional Social Worker. It is ideal to receive continuing education from your agency; if that is not possible then look for a conference that is linked to the skills needed for your internship.  To meet the requirements for this class, continuing education is a seminar presented in person by someone outside of the social work department; it is NOT a part of another class, a video/film or a seminar presented on-line.  After attending the seminar, write a full 2 page paper (300 words per page).  The papers are worth 10 points each, with points for punctuation, spelling, paper handed in on time, and easy readability.

  • Agency Paper – A five page paper worth 70 points.  There are 10 points per each section required. 

  • Process Recording (only required for MSW 2nd year & Advanced Standing students)

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

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