Field Internships

field internshipThe MSW program includes internships in social service agencies and programs that match the students’ choice of concentration and their professional interests.

MSW-level supervision is provided for all students. Each intern will also have a faculty field supervisor and will take part in a faculty-led internship seminar concurrent with the internship.

Internship Details

Advanced Standing students 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 will complete two nine-month supervised internships, one each year. The internship during the first year will be at least 448 hours, and the internship the second year will be at least 560 hours, for a total of at least 1,008 hours of supervised internship during the program (an average of 16 hours per week over the course of 14 weeks each semester foundation year, and 20 hours per week during the concentration year).

Field internship settings include:

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

Social Work and the Be Known Promise

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

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.

The Role of Relationships

When you choose to begin your graduate-level education you are initiating a relationship. Actually, it’s a collection of relationships. These relationships are each designed with one aim in mind: to uniquely prepare you for advanced-level social work practice.

 Being known in the context of field education means having a team of people who are focused on your educational and professional interests and needs. We will:

  • Help you decide where your internship will be
  • Monitor how you’re progressing
  • Supervise your social work practice, and
  • Help you to determine what you need to level-up your skillset as a helping professional

George Fox is uniquely positioned to offer a relational, personalized field experience. Our field director personally meets with every MSW student to discuss his or her personal and professional goals, and to place him or her in an internship aligned with those goals.

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. 

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.