Field experience, practicums
An important part of your social work preparation will be hands-on experience in the field. Early in the program, you’ll spend 30 hours volunteering at 3 different agencies to learn about different social work careers and clients. During your senior year, you’ll complete a 400-hour required practicum to ensure you’re ready for the demands of the field. Recent social work majors have completed practicums in the region or elsewhere in the U.S.
Denver Urban Semester
Live in community and focus on service-learning and community development while you gain practicum experience with a nonprofit organization that serves addicts, pregnant teens, people who are homeless, or others who live on society's margins.
Social work students can also spend a semester in the Windy City. In addition to learning through a practicum with an inner-city agency, you’ll also take classes on Christian social values and urban culture.
Or travel farther through NWC’s Romania Semester or partnerships that will enable you to practice social work in Philadelphia, Mexico or Uganda.