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Phylis Lan Lin Department of Social Work

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Social Work Practicum & Career Opportunities

Field experience

Social Work majors are required to complete two comprehensive fieldwork practica during the junior and senior years (similar to internships). You'll engage in practica that provide real-world, hands-on experiences that prepare you to begin your career in social work. More than 40 diverse organizations have served as recent field sites for our students, including:

  • St. Mary's Child Care Center
  • Pathways to Recovery
  • Children's Bureau
  • Sheltering Wings
  • CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions
  • Franciscan St. Francis Healthcare
  • Fay Glick Community Center
  • OUTREACH, Inc.
  • Enriching Marriages
  • Easter Seals Crossroads
  • Project Home Indy
  • Marion County Public Defenders Agency
  • SENSE Charter School
  • Open Arms Christian Ministries
  • Indiana Attorney General
  • Dove Recovery House for Women
  • Goodwill Industries Disability Services
  • Southeast Community Services
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Catholic Charities (various programs)

In my first practicum, I worked in the Reception & Placement area at Exodus Refugee Immigration. This means that I worked with refugees from all over the world through their first 30 days of being in the United States. I was responsible for making sure they got to and from their appointments, while advocating for them in the appointment. They needed help in many things in order to work towards becoming an American citizen.

The practicum had so much hands on experience. My very first day I was responsible for three different clients all on my own. Because most do not speak English, charades came in handy many times. I learned how to work with people who have come from awful situations of injustice and lack of freedom in their own country. I loved meeting each family and helping them come to know the freedoms that they inherently gain by becoming a citizen of the United States of America. Through this experience, I gained a new appreciation for the freedoms and opportunities that I so easily take for granted every day.

-Vanessa Alexander