Humboldt State University

Department of Social Work

Field Education

The Council on Social Work Education describes Field Education as the “signature pedagogy” in social work education. Social work students engage in scaffolded practice under the guidance of skilled practitioners in community settings, while also being immersed in their studies. Through required field coursework, BASW and MSW students have the opportunity to connect and apply theoretical concepts in the field with the benefit of reflective seminar curriculum led by knowledgeable faculty. Students are able to gain perspective and understanding of the challenges and strengths of organizations serving rural and Indigenous communities. Many students state that their field experience and their relationship with their internship supervisor was a critical factor in their professional development.

To reflect our program emphasis of working with Indigenous and rural communities, we have cultivated strong on-going partnerships with county and tribal social services programs in far northern California as well as schools, non-profits and community advocacy organizations. 
 
For students considering our on-line programs please review the information provided on our Online Field Experience page.  We have over 200 placement settings in Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino, Lake, Trinity and Shasta counties. 
 

 

NOTE:  All internship field placements require a preliminary meeting with and final approval from Yvonne Doble, Director of Field Education:  Yvonne.Doble@humboldt.edu