Practice/Field Experience

Senior Practicum


Students are eligible for acceptance into the senior field education (SWK 430) after being formally admitted into the Social Work Program and after completing all social work practice courses. No placements are available during the summer. For this practicum, students are required to interview with at least three agencies after the Field Director has approved agencies for interviews. Goals of the student are used to plan an experience which will build on the student’s experience, skills and interests. Following all of the agency interviews, students rank their preference(s). Final decision about placement are made by the Field Directory after input from the student and the agency supervisors. Students are required to join the National Association of Social Workers and purchase professional liability insurance through NASW.  See required field documents.

Internship credit must be arranged with the Director of Field Education faculty before the experience begins. Social work education has always been based upon the application of academic learning to agency experience.  Click here for a list of potential agencies for your field experience.   This list is not mean to be all-inclusive.  Please contact the Director of Field Education for more information.


The Federal Social Security Administration agency provides speakers for social work classes to assist students to keep current on changing policies for retirees, persons with disabilities, and spouses and children whose spouse/parent has died.


Gail is a USF alum who provides social work services to families of babies in the neonatal intensive care nursery (NICU) at Sanford Hospital.  She is also a practicum instructor for USF students who work with her.
 If you have come to help me, you can go home again. But if you see my struggles as a part of your own survival, then perhaps we can work together.

Lila Watson, an aboriginal woman from Australia


100 Ways You Can Stop Violence
Resist cynicism
Dress in ethnic clothing from your own background or someone else’s for a day
Teach conflict resolution
Let someone get ahead of you in line, or in traffic
Pay child support
Curb disparaging remarks
Object to jokes that ridicule gays and lesbians
Support mental health services
Encourage state and federal gun control legislation
Write a letter protesting a violent television program
Write a letter protesting a violent film
Organize an international food fest at your church, at your school, or in your neighborhood
Teach children to respect themselves and others
Choose children’s books that accurately portray different minority groups
Get to know one person who was raised in a culture very different from your own
Learn to appreciate the rich assortment of different peoples this country offers
#57 Say “no,” to jokes about racism, women, rape, minorities, religions, nationalities