Students have referred to their field placements as “transformational” experiences as they prepare to step into the social work profession. BSW students complete two field placements while in the program. Students at the junior level complete 200 hours for their field placement experience and seniors complete 400 hours in the field – these hours are typically completed over the course of an academic year. Placements include working with a variety of client systems within the context of generalist practice. We have developed strong agency partners and guide students through the process of interviewing and placement with these agencies.
Throughout the field program, continuous and intensive involvement provides students with a continuity of contact with the social work profession. Familiarization with routines and procedures helps students identify and develop a sense of belonging with the agency, professionals, clients, and delivery systems. Ongoing supervision during the placement, and concurrent integrative field seminars, foster student learning, professional development, and the integration of theory and practice.
Examples of BSW Field Opportunities
Homeless Shelter Advocate
Community Education & Organizing
School Social Work
Hospital Social Work
Short-term/Long-Term Care Social Work
Domestic Violence Shelter Advocate
Research and grant writing
What students say about field education…
“To me JR Field was an amazingly helpful part of our journey in Social Work. I think one of the best things is that everyone gets to hear about different populations of people that the others are working with and passionate about. People can have such a narrow view about social work and it was great to hear real stories and experiences from people working with a variety of clients.”
“Field work is one of the most exciting times in your social work journey. Allow yourself an open-mind and ask questions. Field work is part of your education, so take advantage of all the knowledge and expertise that is available at your fingertips, when you are working in the agency and when you return to the classroom!!!”
“Field was a time to challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone and having the support of the group to de-brief and discuss it with was awesome! I also think Field is the first time to start being a "professional" and to see yourself as a professional social worker...which is an awesome feeling!”