Social Work students in conversation

What is Field Education?

Field Education is a social work internship in a social service agency where you will apply your classroom learning through professional social work assignments.

During these credit-bearing practicum experiences, students learn through:

  • profound and relational practice opportunities across multiple settings and multiple fields of practice;
  • collaborative approaches to professional social work consultation, supervision, and mentorship;
  • contributions to the work, commitments, and mission of the organization within which they are placed; and
  • personal development of deep and meaningful areas of interest and concerns upon which to focus their own entrance into professional practice, advocacy, and/or activism.

For more information about UVM's Social Work department and programs, see our About Us, Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW), and Master's of Social Work (MSW) pages.

For information regarding Field Work, see the sections, below.

For Field Instructors and Supervisors

General Information

Roles

Assignments

Student and Program Evaluations

Field Instructor Training Videos

Want to be a Field Instructor?

Email Jacquelyn Barna at jbarna@uvm.edu.

News

Annual Field Instructor Award

Ron Turner and Gina D'Ambrosio holding award
Ron Turner and Gina D'Ambrosio are the recipients of the 2019-2019 Field Instructor Award. PDF icon Read more.. See also PDF icon Previous Recipients.

Field Instructor Longevity Award

Valerie Koropatnik and Ikey Spear holding their awards
The Longevity Award honors field instructors for their length of service. Valerie Koropatnik (left), a Social Worker at HowardCenter's Westview House, has been a field instructor for 22 years and has worked with 43 students. Ikey Spear (right), a Social Work Children's Director at STEPS to End Domestic Violence, has been a field instructor for 19 years and has worked with 45 students.