Education & Social Sciences

Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice - Social Work Field Instruction

All students in the social work program participate in a senior year internship experience, providing exposure to family service agencies, homeless shelters, hospitals, schools, nursing or retirement homes, mental health centers, group homes, probation departments, rehabilitation centers, refugee resettlement programs, and welfare agencies. This field experience for seniors allows students to develop professional practice skills, while integrating the knowledge and values developed in class. Students can elect to do a smaller practicum for an additional internship experience. 

Field Instruction is a senior-level, 10 credit-hour requirement of the social work major. Each student completes 420 hours in a social service setting, under the supervision of a professional in the field

Field Instruction takes place during a combined January Session and Spring Semester of the senior year. Students are in their placements Monday through Thursday each week, and return to campus each Friday for a supportive Field Instruction Seminar with faculty and peers.

Please view the Field Instruction Manual for details.

Taylor Hippensteel '16 in her senior field instruction placement at Refugee One in Chicago

akron photo 1 jpg
Alexah Parnin-Choisne '16 in her senior field instruction placement at Akron Elementary School

David Fisher '15 in his senior field instruction placement at Genesis Outreach in Fort Wayne

Kyla Daniels '15 testifying at an Indiana House Committee Hearing during her senior field instruction placement with the NASW Indiana Chapter.