Field Education for Bachelor of Social Work
Supported professional experience for NAU students earning degrees in Social Work
The Social Work Field Education Program is your opportunity to gain real-world experience in a supported environment and build your resume working with local organizations. You will apply what you learn in the classroom and move one big step closer to a career in social work. This firsthand experience will help you discover, develop, and enhance your social work skills.
Every BSW student must complete 480 hours of field placement in order to complete the Social Work degree. We offer two different models for meeting this requirement:
Concurrent field placement:
Students gain an intense field experience at an organization while taking courses. Devote 18 hours a week at the organization for a minimum of 240 hours per semester and earn 6 credit hours. This option is spread over two concurrent, back-to-back, semesters reaching the total of 480 required hours in an organization setting.
Block field placement:
Students are placed at an organization full-time and gain an intense field experience without concurrent classwork. You must intern a minimum of 35 hours per week for full fifteen weeks, and will earn 12 credit hours in one semester. This option is for students who have completed all of the core social work courses. Summer block is 12 weeks at 40 hours a week.
Field Education partnerships:
NAU students pursue field training with agencies from diverse sectors:
Here is a helpful guide of words you will read throughout this site.
Field Placement Terminology Accordion Closed
Field Placement: Internship
Field Placement Site: The community entity (agency, school, hospital, etc.) that offers and accepts a student for an internship. All the Field Placement Sites must have an agreement with NAU to provide this learning experience.
Field Liaison: NAU Social Work Faculty or Faculty Community Representative that will follow you through your placement.
Field Instructor or Field Supervisor: Staff member from your field placement site that you will report to, will supervise your internship, and evaluate your skills, knowledge and social work competency.
Task Instructor: The person designated by your Field Instructor to assist with your internship. This person is also employed by the field placement site.
Social Work Education Assessment Project (SWEAP): The online tool used to evaluate the student at mid-point and final.