Field Internships

In what setting do YOU feel compelled to serve?

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program offers internships in social service agencies and programs that match your choice of concentration and professional interest.

MSW-level supervision is provided for all, and each intern has a faculty field supervisor who takes part in a faculty-led internship seminar concurrent with the internship.

Internship Requirements

Your internship requirement is dependent on your situation:

Advanced Standing
As an Advanced Standing student, you will complete one nine-month supervised internship with a minimum of 560 hours (an average of 20 hours per week over the course of 14 weeks each semester).

Two-Year Students
As a two-year student, you will complete two nine-month supervised internships, one each year. Your first-year internship is at least 448 hours, and your second-year internship is at least 560 hours, for a total of at least 1,008 hours of supervised internship during the program. That averages out to 16 hours per week over the course of 14 weeks each semester during the foundation year, and 20 hours per week during the concentration year.

For more information on the objectives, policies and procedures of the field program, check out our field manual.

Settings

Field internship settings include:

  • State social services
  • Community mental health
  • School social work
  • Medical social work
  • Criminal justice
  • Veteran services
  • Housing and employment initiatives
  • Immigration and refugee resettlement
  • Domestic violence intervention and support
  • Human trafficking trauma informed services
  • Advocacy and civil rights organizations
  • Services for elderly and disabled persons
  • Residential treatment
  • Faith-based initiatives
  • Global relief
  • Adoption Services

Note: The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) sets the standard that the field internship must be in addition to the student’s regular responsibilities with a different supervisor who is licensed and not in a position of employer to the student. The standards of the agency and the responsibilities and tasks given to the student must be approved by the field director.

Weekly Field Seminars

Each MSW intern meets in a weekly field seminar. This is an intimate class of four to six students facilitated by a field faculty member who is also a social worker. It is a place where students debrief about their internship and learn how to apply all of their classroom knowledge in practical ways as social workers.

Students’ field faculty members also act as liaisons between George Fox and our agency partners to ensure that both student and agency needs are met.

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Schedule Details

Field Application Process

A field practicum application process will take place after you are admitted to the MSW program to ensure the field placement is mutually beneficial to you the student as well as the agency you are partnered with.

In the rare case that an applicant is not able to be placed in the field – because of a criminal background or other reasons – after a full-faith effort on the program’s part, that applicant will be advised not to enroll.

Often times, students are already working in settings that could count towards field placement. However, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) sets the standard that the Field Internship must be in addition to the student’s regular responsibilities with a different supervisor who is licensed and not in a position of employer to the student. The standards of the agency and the responsibilities and tasks given to the student must be approved by the field director.

The Role of Relationships

What empowers change and growth? Whether we are speaking about Master of Social Work students or the clients they will eventually serve, we believe the primary factor in their success is the quality of the relationships they have with their guides, be they academic or therapeutic.

George Fox is uniquely positioned to offer a relational, personalized field experience that prepares you for advanced-level social work practice. Our field director personally meets with every MSW student to discuss their personal and professional goals. We will:

Being authentically known – personally, academically and spiritually – is crucial to change because when students feel what it’s like to be known in this way, they become inspired. And that’s when real change happens. Knowledge moves from the mind to the heart. Careers turn into callings. Faith turns into action. And that’s why we begin with a simple promise – that each student will Be Known.

Unwavering Support

Whether your desire is to work with patients in a fast-paced hospital environment, serve at a faith-based nonprofit, assist children in a school counseling office, or conduct therapy sessions at a county mental health agency, George Fox is equipped to support you every step of the way.

We have spent years fostering relationships with all of these placement settings and agency field instructors to provide you with the optimum internship experience designed to launch your professional career.

Questions?

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Kristie DeHaven

Associate Director of Graduate and Adult Degree Admissions

Admissions Counselor, Master of Social Work