Fieldwork & Internships
Students pursuing a social work degree must complete two semesters of a practicum (fieldwork) to complete their degrees.
The Capital Semester program also provides students who are accepted the chance to spend a fall semester in the state capital of Harrisburg in a government-related internship. Learn more about fieldwork/internships for the social work degree and the Capital Semester program.
The School of Social Work has cultivated partnerships with more than 500 human services and social justice organizations and agencies across the region for student fieldwork opportunities. Partner organizations include
- Camden Area Health Education Center,
- Central New York Psychiatric Center,
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,
- Congresso de Latino Unidos,
- HIAS Pennsylvania,
- Lebanon Family Health Services,
- Mastery Schools,
- Mazzoni Center,
- Northwestern Human Services,
- Philadelphia Mental Health Care Corp.,
- Suburban Addition Treatment Center,
- Temple University Hospital and
- Women’s Law Project.
Though the Bachelor of Social Work program emphasizes field experience, courses are taught by faculty members who are also renowned for their research. Students are encouraged to consider pursuing opportunities to participate in such research where available.
Some recently noteworthy faculty members include
- Assistant Professor Omar Martinez, whose article describing his discovery of health disparities in among LGBT Latino populations was published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
- Associate Professor Karin M. Eyrich-Garg, whose study on the efficacy of using web-based technology to collect data on homeless individuals was recently published in Journal of Urban Health.
The School of Social Work is a part of the College of Public Health, which has more than 15 research centers, including
- the Center for Social Policy and Community Development, which explores methods of strengthening communities within the context of social justice. It has been operating for more than 40 years.
In addition to advocacy and counseling skills, a social work degree provides you with an excellent foundation to function in a variety of roles. Visit the Career Center to get guidance on finding the right career for you and landing employment after graduating with a social work degree. Find a variety of positions on OwlNetwork, an exclusive online database featuring more than 1,000 jobs and internships.