Social Work Internship Placement
Students in the dual degree program must complete two social work field placements, one each year, which are focused on women. This means that the placements must provide students with experience in modalities of treatment that are women focused and/or involve students in advocacy activities in areas of concern for women.
While there are some agencies that clearly meet these criteria by virtue of their focus and service population (some are listed below), other agencies may be considered if at least 50% of the student's activities in these agencies meet the criteria listed above. All placements must be supervised by social workers with an MSW.
Possible Field Placements at Women-Focused Agencies
- A Friend's Place—DV
- Constance Morris House—DV and shelter
- Deborah's Place—homeless women
- Genesis House—women who have been involved in prostitution
- Hospice Horizon—lesbian women; death and dying
- Hull House Uptown DV Counseling Center
- Rape Victim Advocates
- Sarah's Inn—DV counseling and shelter
- Lake County Sexual Assault Program—adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
- Arlington Heights Sexual Assault/DV Program—physical and sexual assault on women
M.A. students not affiliated with the School of Social Work may also conduct internships as part of their coursework. Women’s Studies and Gender Studies encourages the practical application of feminist principles to public sector problems or audiences. Like any field of study, it has its theoretical concerns; however, at its core is also a commitment to action.
Internships are extensions of the WSGS coursework, but, unlike coursework, they take place not in the classroom but in the field. An Internship should be designed to give the student professional experience and contacts in one facet of service, advocacy or policy making and may provide the capstone experience of the student’s academic program. Upon successful completion of a WSGS internship, students will earn 3 hours of credit.
Most internships have on-site coordinators, but the Graduate Program Director oversees the students' progress to make sure it is consistent with WSGS program requirements.
Click here for the WSGS Practicum & Internship Guidelines.
Click here for the WSGS Practicum_Internship Learning Agreement.