Applying your education in the field
The field education experience, or practicum, offers you the opportunity to apply your classroom learning in a supervised social work practice setting. While the field semester is a very demanding one, most students find it to be one of the more important and enjoyable components of their education.
Prepare for this experience as you would if it were a job interview, as it is not uncommon for students to be considered for hiring by their field agency.
Field experience tips
The social work field experience is an important part of your education and will become an important part of your résumé as well. As you think about your field education experience, we recommend the following:
Very few practica are paid. However, the practicum requirements, your field agency and its clients cannot be slighted for outside employment responsibilities. If you have particular circumstances to be taken into consideration, you need to share this with the agency during your interview process, so the agency can make an informed decision.
Social work field experiences adhere to the following guidelines:
Field education process
Prospective Practicum Agencies
If you believe your place of employment would also work as a practicum site, complete the Employment-Based Practicum Proposal.
Hours at your practicum site may be gradually decreased over June and July with prior approval of the practicum supervisor and the faculty liaison as long as the designated number of hours will be completed by the deadline in the summer semester