Education & Social Sciences

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.

Dom Hastings '19 in her senior field instruction placement at Association House in Chicago.


Kristen Krill '19 in her senior field instruction placement at Whitley County Community Corrections.

Blake Denton '18 in his senior field instruction placement at The Learn More Center.

Annika Harley '18 in her senior field instruction placement at the Office of Refugee Resettlement.


Anna Schillinger '17 in her senior field instruction placement at Parkview Regional Medical Center.

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

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education 

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