Field Placement Overview

Junior Placement Overview - 40 to 80 hour placement

In the junior field placement, the student is introduced to the realm of social work practice by allowing him or her to shadow a social worker in a variety of practice roles and by participating in various activities that are planned to meet the learning objectives.

  • Through this experience, students learn how to integrate practice behavior with social work knowledge, values, and skills.
  • Junior internship is a 40-80 hour placement completed in 3-6 hour weekly time blocks during the spring semester.
  • The internship hours are arranged between the student and the agency in a schedule which is convenient for both.  Field seminar class is held once per week for one hour.
  • The placement exposes the student to many of the activities of a professional social worker in that setting and allows the student to become involved in many of these activities.
  • Placements are usually arranged at agencies or organizations in the Monroe County area.

Senior Placement overview

The senior field experience is designed to serve as the capstone course for the student's preparation and entrance into the profession of social work. A significant portion of the student's time is spent in the field setting, as opposed to the classroom.  In this placement, the student learns to apply generalist social work skills in a variety of client-related activities, guided by a learning agreement outlining his or her learning objectives.

  • Senior internship is a 400-hour, block placement, completed in the spring or summer semesters.
  • The internship is done Monday through Thursday, 32-hours per week in the spring semester and the field seminar class is held on Friday.
  • The internship is done Monday through Friday, 37.5 hours per week in the summer session, with field seminar held one evening per week.
  • 25 hours of the 400 are dedicated to an agency-based research project which is completed outside of the agency where the student is placed.
  • The placement engages the student in the full range of activities of a social worker in that setting and is an opportunity to apply the skills of the generalist practice.
  • Placements can be local, national, or international.

10 Field Education Goals for Social Work Students at Roberts

Ten field education goals have been developed for junior and senior students in the Field Education Program at Roberts Wesleyan College.  The goals for field education are:

  • To experience the professional use of self modeled in a practice setting.
  • To understand how professional and ethical standards are applied in the field.
  • The continue to enhance the student's appreciation and sensitivity of diversity.
  • To broaden each student's understanding of issues related to social and economic justice.
  • To introduce the student to various populations at risk.
  • To connect theories of human development with the practice setting.
  • To gain a beginning understanding of agency policies and services.
  • To witness generalist intervention skills at work.
  • To ascertain the role research plays withing the agency.
  • To identify the key factors of effective supervision.

Field Education Placement Process

  1. Each student has an interview with the Director of BSW Field Education.
  2. Referrals to potential internship sites are provided to each student.
  3. The student follows up on the referral by arranging an interview with the contact person identified on the referral. In the case of out-of-area or international placements, an interview is arranged through teleconference connection between the agency and the program.
  4. The student updates the field director on his or her decision regarding the agency where he or she has interviewed.  A simultaneous decision is arrived at by the agency as to accept the student.
  5. An official confirmation of placement is made by the field director.
  6. International students will also engage in a cultural enrichment workshop developed between the school and the organization where the placement will occur.
  7. The student begins the placement at the beginning of the sememster.