What is the Field Practicum?
This is a full time (32 hours per week) opportunity for students to integrate theory with practice. Students work under the supervision of a BSW or MSW in an community organization of their choice.
Students complete the field practicum in one semester. It is broken into two quads: SWK425 and SWK426. Each quad course is 6 credits for a total of 12 field credits. Students are graded at the end of each quad by their agency supervisor based on their progress toward their learning goals.
In conjunction with the Field Practicum, students are also required to take SWK420 Practicum Seminar. This two credit seminar meets once a week and is facilitated by the Field Program Coordinator at Gordon, or another faculty in the social work department.
Students learn a method of peer consultation and support, prepare and present weekly reflections, and exchange their learning contracts, agency presentations, and agency projects. Students in international or San Francisco field practicum sites participate in the seminar through email and Blackboard. All other students must commute to campus to participate in the seminar once a week.
Students must have taken SWK201, 202, 301, 302, 303, 310, 311, and 322 to enroll in both the Field Practicum and Field Seminar.
What Semester do I register for my Field Practicum and Seminar?
In the Spring of your Sophomore year, while meeting with your advisor for your Junior year Fall registration, you should develop a plan for the next four semesters. This should include all the required courses to complete the Social Work major and core courses. If you have a minor or double major it is essential that you find out when your required courses will be offered so you can plan ahead. Based on this information, you should let your advisor know which semester you would like to take Field Practicum and Seminar (14 credits) If you do not make your request known, you will be assigned a semester for your Field Practicum. The Social Work Program coordinator will send out the assignments during fall semester of your junior year, after receiving input from your advisor. You will only have several weeks to petition to the SW Program Director to change your semester, so please watch for this email.
How do I find the right Field Practicum Site for me?
The Social Work program has developed relationships with over sixty agencies that you can find on this website.
In the Fall of your junior year the Field Practicum Program Director will meet with juniors as a group to explain the process. You will submit an application to the field program by the first week of spring semester during your junior year.
Then in February you will attend the Social Work Fair, an event on campus where field agency supervisors come to campus to recruit you, and for you to consider their field practicum opportunities.
In March you will meet with the faculty coordinating the Field Practicum Program to identify together the five or six agencies you would like to explore. It is then the student’s responsibility to research these agencies more carefully, and contact three field supervisors to arrange interviews for the month of April. Information to help you through the process is included in the links below.
Field Practicum Program Summary (PDF)
Outlines expectations for participating teachers, students and internship organizations.