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 providing learning opportunities. These are some of the field sites where our students have been recently placed:
During her Spanish field immersion placement at YWCA Greater Austin, Ana Hernandez conducted group counseling sessions in Spanish and individual sessions with refugee women from Central America who are detained at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor. Read the story.
Shalom Austin-Jewish Family Service: Ellen Line visits older adult clients in their homes. But she treasures the few hours she can steal away every month to freely chat with them about their past for an oral history project. Read the story.
Refugee Services of Texas: Maya Williams and Kathy Lee help refugees from Central America who fled their homes for fear of violence or persecution. The agency offers refugees free job training, counseling, legal and medical services, and English-language classes.
UT Austin School of Law’s Children’s Rights Clinic: Erin Brown provides needed expertise for legal teams, and advocates on behalf of clients.
Spirit Rein: 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 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.
Social work students get a 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.