Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work


Practical experience, or fieldwork, is built into the MSW social work curriculum. All fieldwork experiences are credit-bearing internships. These experiences offer students an opportunity to integrate and apply their academic knowledge in a real-world setting and prepare them for the responsibility of beginning professional practice.

To receive credit for fieldwork experiences, students must work with an internship coordinator to complete a placement and referral process. To start this process, student must submit an application for fieldwork with the School of Social Work Internship Placement and Student Services Office. All applications have deadlines and require collaboration and communication between the student and the respective internship coordinator to secure a placement. It is the policy of the School of Social Work that all referrals of students to field placement sites must be made by internship coordinators in the field office. Students may provide a suggestion about a field site, but may not pursue a placement on their own. Field placements independently obtained will not be approved.

Click here for information about fieldwork deadlines. Click here to access the fieldwork forms page, which includes field work applications. Information on fieldwork for the specific degree programs can be found at the following links:

Agencies and Field Instructors: Please visit our Field Liason Support page for forms and guidelines.