Field education is an integral component of social work education anchored in the mission, goals, and educational level of the program. Internships provide students with the opportunity to integrate content from the classroom with the delivery of social work services while under the supervision of a qualified Field Instructor. Field education is a collaborative educational venture between the faculty of the School, host agencies, personnel in the field placement sites, and the students. It occurs in settings that reinforce students’ identification with the purposes, values, and ethics of the profession; fosters the integration of empirical and practice-based knowledge; and promotes the development of professional competence. The East Carolina University School of Social Work offers field internship opportunities in a wide variety of agencies throughout the eastern region of North Carolina and in neighboring regions.
East Carolina University School of Social Work requires Field Education for all BSW and MSW students. BSW students complete Field Education internships during their final semester. They are required to spend 32 hours a week in the field, for a minimum of 448 hours. MSW students complete two internships. The first internship occurs during the second semester of their first year. The second is a two semester internship throughout the second year. MSW students are required to spend 24 hours a week in the field, for a minimum of 336 hours a semester. Advanced Standing students are exempt from the first MSW placement. Typically BSW students are in the field Tuesdays through Friday, and MSW students are in the field Wednesday through Friday.
The following information offers practical tools to students, faculty, and agency personnel to complete the application process for a social work internship, to gain training as supervisors, and to evaluate all facets of the field education program.
For information on ECU School of Social Work field policies, procedures and requirements, see the Field Education Manual.