Message from the Director

Welcome to field internship, the final year of your social work education. Each student is assigned to an internship that will offer valuable opportunities to apply foundation competencies learned in the classroom.

The goals for field education are:

  • To facilitate a positive and challenging learning experience in a supervised field setting.
  • To partner with skilled, experienced, and motivated social work practitioners who provide sound field instruction.
  • To give students evidence-based practice in the field.
  • To train competent generalist social work practitioners.
  • To contribute to the workforce in the field of social work.
  • To promote the integration of faith and social work practice.

During field internship, students have the opportunity to learn from a variety of sources. Field supervisors provide weekly individual supervision; some have group supervision, and there is a preceptor (or secondary supervisor) who also is a point of contact throughout the internship experience. Finally, students have the privilege to learn from clients who allow the helping professional into their lives as they share their life stories.

No credit is given for life experience or for previous or current work experience. Students must complete their internship as part of their degree requirements.


You also learn about yourselves as interns. You face opportunities for growth professionally, personally, and spiritually. For some, your values and faith are challenged, and as you persevere, you learn from all of these experiences.

Your internship provides you with a variety of opportunities to challenge yourselves beyond your comfort zone and you become problem solvers. As interns, you are a part of a professional team that is committed to challenging injustice and working to ensure equal access to resources to all people (NASW Code of Ethics).

Our commitment is to partner with you, your social work professors and your field agency to help you become competent, ethical, self evaluating, knowledgeable social workers so you can leave with tools to continue in your professional development.

Students and field instructors:

Please visit this site to locate the BSW Field Instruction Placement Manual, the semester student evaluation, application for field placement and agency affiliation agreement. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Christine Guzman, MSW, LCSW
Director of Field Education
Azusa Pacific University
(626) 815-6000, Ext. 2761

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.