Practical experience, or fieldwork, is built into the MSW social work curriculum. All fieldwork experiences are credit-bearing internships, which 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. Loyola has over 300 partnerships with agencies in Chicago and the larger Metropolitan area, which gives students access to a wide range of client populations and settings.
To receive credit for fieldwork experiences, students must work with the appropriate Internship Coordinator to complete the placement process. To start this process, students must submit an application for fieldwork with the School of Social Work Internship and Program Services Office. Click here to access the forms page, which includes field work applications. All applications have deadlines and require collaboration and communication between the student and the respective Internship Coordinator to secure a placement. Click here for information about fieldwork deadlines. Click here to read and review the Field Education Manual.
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.
Internship materials and requirements vary depending on degree program. Please use the following links for more information:
For frequently asked questions regarding fieldwork, please visit our FAQs page.
Agencies and Field Instructors: Please visit our Field Liaisons and Field Instructors Information Page for forms and guidelines.