Northwestern students listen to a lecture in class.

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


Romania Semester

Work with teens, at orphanages, in after-school programs, or with individuals with intellectual disabilities while you engage the culture of post-communist Romania. Internships are coordinated by the New Horizons Foundation, a nonprofit organization in the economically depressed Jiu Valley that uses experiential education to advance life skills for youth. Learn more

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