Internships are a significant part of your
preparation for professional social work practice.
Juniors fulfill their field work requirement in
their second semester, performing sixteen hours
of fieldwork per week in a social work agency,
hospital, school, residential facility, detention
program, or one of many other field sites.
Juniors also meet in small groups with a faculty
member one hour per week in order to share
knowledge, awareness, and reactions to their new
field experiences with peers and faculty on
campus. Seniors perform sixteen hours of fieldwork
per week, for two semesters, at one of the
above-mentioned field sites. In the senior
year, the student is expected to develop their
social work skills and begin to connect social
work theory with their practice, under close
supervision of the field instructor. Seniors also
meet in small groups with a faculty member for a
three hour seminar throughout the placement.
The Director of Field Placements will work with you
individually, for both internships, in order to
find a placement that fits your educational needs. A sample
of Practicum sites is below:
School Social Work Intern
As a school social worker, you might participate in student assessments,
home visits, and conferences with parents and teachers, direct interactions
with students individually and in groups, educational team meetings, and
referral of students to outside resources. At times, you may work in
conjunction with the School Psychologist, the caseworker, the Guidance
Counselor and the teachers in order to help students achieve the maximum
benefit from their educational opportunities.
Medical Social Worker
As a medical social work intern, you might work in a hospital. You may
work with a range of patients, including those on the medical surgical floor,
the maternity floor, the Critical Care Unit, the Transitional care Unit and
the Emergency room. Working with patients entails performing detailed intake
assessments, working individually with the patients to provide support,
working with patients' families, connecting patients with resources, and
finding placements for patients who need services after their hospital stay.
You will work in close contact with other social workers, case managers,
nurses, doctors and other hospital staff. As a medical social worker,
you might also work in hospice or home care.
Life Care Community Social Worker
As a social work intern in a life care community, you will be working with
older individuals in apartments, assisted living residences, and skilled
nursing facilities. You may work with older adults in many different
capacities including individual support and case management. You will work in
conjunction with other members of the staff, including nurses, recreational
therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and gerontologists,
to help the individuals at the facility maximize their quality of life.