Field Education/Internships

Field Edcuation is the "signature pedagogy" of social work education. Field internships in Valparaiso University's Department of Social Work provide students with opportunities to put what they learn into practice with clients. Our graduates have commented on many occasions that their first position after college was a smooth transition because of their field internship experiences. All internships are coordinated by the Director of Field Education who matches student interests with regional agency need. These experiences “set our graduates apart.” Students complete a 100 hour internship spring semester of their junior year and a 450 hour internship in the fall and spring semesters of their senior year. Students are simultaneously enrolled in SOCW 386 (junior year), 485 (senior fall), or 486 (senior spring). These courses, along with the practice courses (SOCW 356, 455, 456 & 493) are crucial components of the experience. Students practice integrating content from courses in their work with clients, help each other problem solve and brainstorm, discuss professionalism and self-care, all while standing with clients in the midst of challenge and personal difficulties. Refining skills, evaluating practice, self examination, and practicing active, adult learning are key parts of the process.

Opportunity Enterprise intern   Porter Starke intern

Juvenile Probation rintern Pierce Middle School intern

Pines Village intern Crisman Elementary School intern

school intern Shults Lewis intern

school intern PACT intern

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