Broaden Your Understanding

Effective social workers must have a broad understanding of the roots of systemic problems like poverty and inadequate healthcare. They must also have the interpersonal skills and professional competence to effect meaningful change on the ground. As an SSA student, you will conduct fieldwork and attend classes at the same time, experiencing the constant interplay between theory and practice as you develop your own professional social work identity.

Information for Students

Each year, students are placed in one of our over 600 partner agencies in the Chicago area. With the support of a field consultant and the Office of Field Education, you will gain hands-on experience in both clinical social work and social administration.

Information for Field Instructors

Field instructors reinforce our students' understanding of their identity as social workers and the purposes, values, ethics and knowledge base of the profession.

Field Education SPIF

Claire Schu’s Field Placement

Learn more about an Administration field placement at Erie Neighborhood House.

Skylar Cole

Skylar Cole, AM ’14

Cole has quickly advanced to a leadership role that includes training staff and supervising social work interns. She developed a professional development plan that emulates what she learned at SSA regarding policies, practices, and perspectives. She also believes that SSA prepared her very well to work on teams, both professionally and in the community.