Field education provides an intensive learning environment in community settings for bachelor’s and master’s level students. In their field placements, students learn alongside veteran social workers and administrators, and experience their classroom instruction in action for others.
The School of Social Work selects agencies and organizations as field instruction sites on the basis of their commitment to service-delivery and to providing learning opportunities. These are some of the field settings where our students have been recently placed:
Grace Weiss discovered what her dream job looked like while doing her final field internship at Spirit Reins, a nonprofit ranch with the mission of transforming the lives of children and families through trauma-informed therapy services.
Master’s students in the IBH program learn to work alongside with doctors and nurses in field settings such as CommUnity Care Health Centers and the Integrated Behavioral Health Clinics of Austin Travis County Integral Care.
Carol Robertson loved her 24/7 final field experience at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, a modern community of boys and girls from pre-school through high school who live in group homes with house parents and a supportive community.
In spring 2013, social work students completed more than 540 hours of field work in Veterans Administration (VA) facilities in Austin, Killeen, and San Antonio in Texas; Madison in Wisconsin; and at a medical facility in Germany.
From India to South Africa and Costa Rica, international field placements give social work students the opportunity to be fully immersed in a different culture and learn how to navigate systems that are sometimes radically different to those at home.