The Catholic University of America

Field Education

Put your knowledge into action with social work field internships

Field internships are a key part of our student's social work education, where students apply what they are learning in the classroom to practice, developing the skills to become a professional social worker.

At the National Catholic School of Social Service, students will:

  • learn to provide social services across fields of practice;
  • assess, engage, and intervene with individuals, groups, families, communities and other systems;
  • develop a professional identity consistent with social work values;

Field experiences to fit each student

Undergraduate Senior and Foundation year M.S.W. internships are designed to develop the knowledge and skills that comprise the professional base of social work practice. In this generalist practice internship, students are exposed to the full range of social work practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.  

Advanced year M.S.W. field education builds on the generalist practice knowledge and skills acquired in the foundation year. Each concentration furthers the integration and application of knowledge and practice in the field setting. 


The field education program is excellent because of the wide range of placements that are available ... NCSSS works hard to make that experience valuable for the student."- MSW student

"Being a field supervisor is one of the most satisfying aspects of my job. I love the opportunities I've been able to take advantage of at Catholic. This relationship really helps me maintain my Social Work identity in a host environment. Thank YOU."
- NCSSS field instructor