Community services and BSW internships
Department overview •
Communication studies (M., m.) •
Community services (M.) •
Community services and social work internships •
Criminal justice (M., m.) •
Legal studies (m.) •
Social justice (m.) •
Social work (M.) •
Sociology and Cultural Anthropology (M., m.) •
Women's studies (m.) •
Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series
See listings of internship opportunities.
Internships are available with such local agencies as the Community Youth
Services, Kokua, Safeplace, the Thurston County offices of the state
Department of Social and Health Services; the Crisis Clinic; and, in Tacoma,
the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter, DSHS Drug Court, Catholic Community
Services, and the Franciscan Hospice Center. Many additional agencies
throughout Washington cooperate with the University, and agency staff
attempt to aid students in all possible ways.
During the course of the study, students increase their knowledge of the
social science approach to solving human problems and gain the intellectual
skills, moral insight and humanistic concepts needed to succeed
professionally. The curriculum also encourages students to develop the
ethical and analytical thinking essential to professional life in social
work, law, foreign service and teaching.
Students are required to fulfill a total of 600 internship hours. 150
hours (3 credits) are required in the CSP/SW 290 placement and a total of 450
hours (9 credits) are required in their CSP/SW 390 and CSP/SW 490 placement.
and CSP/SW 490 are to be taken in consecutive semesters at the same placement
Often, students try to get their last placement
somewhere where they might continue with employment.
There are several ways that students find their placements:
- They hear of a placement from another student that sounds
interesting to them, and they seek it out
- They read of the internship in our Resource book of Internships
(also on the Web page), and go out to interview
- The Internship supervisor recognizes a training need in the student,
and makes a suggestion to that student that they be placed in a specific
If you'd be interested in getting your agency into the Resource Book for
possible interns, please:
- Write up an approximate or suggested job description
- Include where they would be working (inside, in the field, etc.),
with whom (what is the population - youth, single moms, battered
children?), and if there is any pay (as one can imagine, students pick
the paying placements first). There are many students who are eligible
for Federal and State Work Study.
- Send this to: St. Martins University, Attn: Katya Shkurkin, 5000
Abbey Way SE, Lacey, WA 98503-1297; or fax to: 360-459-4124; or email to