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 800 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 application process. To start this process, students must submit an application for fieldwork through the online internship management system, Sonia.
To access Sonia, a student must have been admitted into the MSW program. Students can submit their internship applications throughout the year and inform the Internship Team which semester they want to do their internship – Fall-Spring, Spring-Summer, and Summer Block. Internship applications can be accessed through Sonia. Instructions on how to access Sonia can be found here. Once the application is submitted, students will receive information regarding the internship process which includes the Sakai site and Sonia.
Click here for information about fieldwork dates.
Click PDF to read and review the Field Education Manual.
Internship sites must be approved by the School of Social Work. We encourage students to utilize the Sonia database to identify an internship. If students are interested in specific agencies, or a field site not currently a partner, please reach out to the internship coordinator.
For frequently asked questions regarding fieldwork, please visit our FAQs page.