Social Work students in conversation

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

During these credit-bearing practicum experiences with our community partners, students learn through the following:

  • 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 Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW) and Master's of Social Work (MSW) pages.

For information regarding field education, see the sections below.

For Field Instructors and Supervisors

General Information



Student and Program Evaluations

Field Instructor Training Videos

Want to be a Field Instructor?

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2024 New Placement Site Approval


Annual Field Instructor Award

Ron Turner and Gina D'Ambrosio holding award
Ron Turner and Gina D'Ambrosio receiving the 2018-2019 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.