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Social Work: Field & Career Information

Print Resources for Field Internships Available at IWU

Contemporary Field Social Work: Integrating Field and Classroom Experience

by Mark Doel
SAGE, 2011


In the Field: A Guide for the Social Work Practicum

by William A. Danowski
Pearson, 2012, 2nd edition


Practicum Companion for Social Work 

by Julie Birkenmaier; Marla Berg-Weger

Allyn and Bacon, 2011, 3rd edition

Transforming the Field:  Critical Anti‑Racist and Anti-Oppressive Perspectives for the Human Services Practicum

by Narda Razack

Fernwood, 2002.

Planning and Conducting Agency-Based Research

by Alex J. Westerfelt; Tracy J. Dietz

Allyn and Bacon, 2010.

Helpful Links for Field Work and Professional Preparation

More Field-Specific Social Work Organizations: NYU offers links to a number of other field-specific social work organizations, as well as a guide to online discussion groups and newsletters for social workers.

Kids Count Data Center: Evidence-based indicators and data on child well-being across the United States. The Kids Count Data Center is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Licensing Board or College Websites, Statutes and Administrative Rules: A searchable database of available websites related to licensing. Provided by the Association of Social Work Boards.


Interviewing for Field Placement

Questions an Agency May Ask:

  • Why did you decide to become a social worker?
  • Why are you interested in this agency/program?
  • Why are you interested in serving our client population?
  • What do you hope to gain from this experience?
  • What strengths can you bring to this position?
  • Tell me about your previous social work experiences?
  • What are you looking for in a field supervisor?
  • What can you tell me about your learning style?
  • Have you worked successfully as part of a team in the past?
  • How do you deal with stressful situations?
  • Do you have any personal experience with the issues we address at this agency that might affect your work with our clientele?

Guides for Instructors and Supervisors