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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 time volunteering at agencies and shadowing social workers 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. Learn more

Chicago Semester

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. Contact global education

The Philadelphia Center

Available only to social work majors with permission from Northwestern's social work department, The Philadelphia Center offers seminar-style courses and enables students to participate in a professional, accredited internship in the vibrant, diverse city of Philly. Contact global education