Field Placement Agencies

A field-based educational internship is one of the hallmarks of a professional education. It provides students with opportunities to integrate and implement the knowledge, values, and skills learned in the classroom while in a supervised social work practice experience, called a practicum. At Sacred Heart University, students will have an opportunity to participate in three semesters of field education for sixteen hours a week. Social work internships may include work with child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, immigration and refugees, homelessness, high-risk parents, domestic violence, disabilities, schools, and medical settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and health centers. Internship assignments are designed to help students explore role of the social worker, the agency setting, and a diverse client population while maximizing their learning at the individual, family, small group, organizational, and/or community levels. Social Work internships at Sacred Heart University take place at a variety of settings including the following:

Child Abuse and Neglect
Adoption and Permanency Planning, Department of Children and Families
Probate Unit, Department of Children and Families
The Kennedy Center, Inc. F.A.S.T. Family Preservation Program
Family and Children’s Agency, Norwalk

Juvenile Delinquency
Norwalk Juvenile Matters

International Social Work/Immigration and Refugees
Mercy Learning Center
International Institute of Connecticut

Homelessness
Prospect House Shelter
Operation Hope Shelter
Catholic Charities of Fairfield County
FSW
REFOCUS Outreach Ministry
Family and Children’s Agency - Community Connections Drop-In Center

At-Risk Families
Bridgeport Health Department Parent Aide Program
West Haven Community House Parenteen Program
Exchange Club Parent Aide Program
The Consultation Center, Bridgeport Board of Education
Family and Children’s Agency, Norwalk

Domestic Violence
Center for Women and Families
Kathy’s House-Domestic Violence Safe House
Women’s Crisis Center, Norwalk
Stamford Domestic Violence Program

Disabilities
The Kennedy Center
Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.) Trumbull
School Settings
Bridges-A Community Support System

School Social Work
Bridgeport Public Schools
Hamden Public Schools
Norwalk Public Schools
Stamford Public Schools
Stratford Public Schools
Trumbull Public Schools

Medical Settings such as Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Health and Mental Health Centers
Bridgeport Health Department, School-Based Health Centers
Golden Hill Nursing Home
Jewish Home for the Elderly
St. Joseph Manor
Southwest Community Health Center-HIV/AIDS Program
St. Vincent’s Hospital Inpatient Psychiatry Unit
Bridgeport Community Health Center - Pediatric Services
Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center-Inpatient Psychiatric Unit and Detox Unit
VITAS Innovative Hospice Care©
Cancer Care, Norwalk