Internships and Field Work Experience are Key Component of Our Social Work Program

In addition to classroom work, field instruction supervised by professional social workers in a variety of social service agencies in the community provides ‘hands-on’ learning experiences for social work students. 

Field instruction begins with SOWK 210, Observations in Social Work, a one-semester course normally taken during the sophomore year. In addition to classroom requirements you will spend at least 50 hours over the course of the semester observing (and assisting as appropriate) a professional social worker in a formal agency setting.


The second component of field instruction is a one-semester course, SOWK 410, taken during the fourth year. During this phase of instruction you will spend a minimum of 32 hours per week (450 hours during the entire academic year) in an agency setting, again supervised by a professional social worker. During each of these field experiences your progress will be closely monitored by program faculty.  More information about field instruction may be found in the Field Instruction Manual. 

The following is a listing of those agencies contracted with during recent years:
  • A Home for You, Bowling Green
  • AIDS Resource Center (ARC Ohio), Toledo
  • Allen County Department of Job and Family Services, Children's Services, Lima
  • Birchhaven Retirement Village, Findlay
  • Blanchard Valley Center, Findlay
  • Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center, Findlay
  • Briar Hill Health Campus (Blakely), North Baltimore
  • The Bridge Home Health and Hospice Care, Findlay
  • Century Health, Findlay
  • Community Hospice Care, Tiffin
  • Crime Victim Services, Lima
  • Diversion, Adolescent Foster Care of Ohio, Findlay
  • Family Resource Centers, Findlay
  • Findlay Hope House for the Homeless Inc.
  • Fostoria Community Hospital
  • Fox Run Manor, Findlay
  • The Friendly Center, Toledo
  • Hancock County Adult Probation, Findlay
  • Hancock County Area Agency on Aging
  • Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services
  • Hancock County Department of Job and Family Services
  • Hancock County Children's Protective Services Unit
  • Hancock County Prosecutor's Office
  • Hancock/Hardin/Wood/Putnam Community Action Center
  • The Heritage (nursing home), Findlay
  • Juvenile Court of Hancock County, Findlay
  • Juvenile Residential Center of Northwest Ohio, Bowling Green
  • Lima Memorial Health System​
  • North Coast Behavioral Health Care System, Toledo
  • Oakwood Correctional Facility, Lima
  • Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services, Findlay
  • PSA 3 Agency on Aging, LimaValerie Roszman, Attorney at Law, Findlay
  • Project H.O.P.E. (Horses Opening People's Eyes)
  • Protective Services Unit, Bowling Green​
  • Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth, Findlay
  • St. Catherine Care Center, Findlay
  • St. Francis Home, Tiffin
  • Tiffin Development Center, Tiffin
  • Turning Point, Marion
  • Wapakoneta Manor, Wapakoneta
  • Wood County Department of Job and Family Services, Children's

The Social Work Program welcomes transfer students. Academic credit is granted to those students based on an analysis of course work taken and whether or not the transferring credit was granted by a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Under no circumstances will academic credit for life experience and previous work experience be given any student, in whole or in part, in lieu of the field practicum or of courses in the professional foundation areas specified in the Curriculum Policy Statement of the Council on Social Work Education.

The social work student wishing to complete requirements for a double major must consult with both his or her academic adviser and a faculty adviser in the second discipline. However, the social work major is regarded as primary.​