Internship Structure

FIELD EXPERIENCE STRUCTURE

Social Work Foundation Field Practicum (SOWK 5106 and 5206) consists of a two-semester concurrent  placement of 16 hours per week, for a total of 240 hours per semester.  Social Work Advanced Field Practicum (SOWK 5306 and 5406) consists of a two-semester concurrent placement of 16 hours per week (SOWK 5306) and 24 hours per week (SOWK 5406) for a total of 600 hours. The extended field option consists of SOWK 4957.091 taken in the summer and consisting of 16 hours per week, SOWK 5306.201 taken in the fall and consisting of 16 hours per week, and SOWK 5406.201 taken in the spring and consisting of 16 hours per week for a total of 600 hours.  See table below:

Traditional Concentration Year

Extended Concentration Year

Course #

Hours/Week

Total # Hours

Course #

Hours/Week

Total # Hours

Summer
SOWK 4957.091
16 160
Fall
SOWK 5306
16 240 Fall
SOWK 5306.201
16 224
Spring
SOWK 5406
24 360 Spring
SOWK 5406.201
16 216
600 600

The field experience is educationally directed and professionally supervised to provide students with the opportunity to engage in generalist social work activities in social service agency settings. Students are placed in agencies located primarily in Northeast Tennessee within a 50 mile radius of the university.  However, a few agencies in Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina are utilized and additional field internship settings are recruited as needed.