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    An internship is a required capstone experience to receive a BSW degree. The Social Work Department collaborates with students and field supervisors to provide this integral part of a student’s education—the application of social work knowledge and skills to real practice in the field. Internships reinforce a commitment to professional ethics and values through a dynamic learning experience.

    Field instructors represent nearly 200 agencies in a 250-mile radius. They reinforce the purposes, values, and ethics of the profession; integrate practice-based knowledge; and promote professional competence. Formal and informal evaluations help students to integrate and apply the program’s 10 competencies and improve areas needing further development.

    The capstone experience equips social work graduates to successfully pass licensing exams. Over the past four years, School of Social Work graduates have averaged a pass rate of 90.5% for the bachelor’s examination, while the national average is 78%. (Association of Social Work Boards, 2010)

    Internships support personal learning objectives. Internship options may include:

    • Child welfare
    • Family service
    • Mental health
    • Criminal justice
    • Elderly
    • Developmentally disabled
    • Medical or school social work
    • Drug and alcohol treatment
    • Institutional treatment
    • Community organizing

    Recent Social Work student internships:

    • Sharehouse (Fargo, N.D.): Chemical dependency treatment services for adult men and women, including primary treatment and outpatient care.
    • PATH (Fargo, N.D.): Private, non-profit agency providing treatment foster care services for children and families.
    • Minnesota Veterans Home (Fergus Falls, Minn.): Skilled nursing care facility delivering specialized and individualized rehabilitation care.
    • Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority (Fargo, N.D.): Manages Low-Rent Public Housing, Section 8 Rental Assistance and active in community redevelopment.
    • Clay County Social Services-Child Protection (Moorhead, Minn.): Agency works to protect children and strengthen and preserve families.
    • Alexandria Schools-District 206 (Alexandria, Minn.): Social workers enhance the district’s academic mission, especially where home, school and community collaboration are key.