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Service Projects & Practicums

Volunteer Service Project

Volunteer Service Projects are required as a part of the curriculum in SWK 210: An Introduction to Social Work. Service projects serve you because they:

  • afford you the opportunity to gain an awareness of the reality of being a social work practitioner;
  • allow you to discover issues which affect individuals and community through community service;
  • allow you to gain a sense of how a diverse community of individuals interact with each other;
  • promote interaction with others, thus broadening your knowledge of human behavior.

The service project portion of SWK 210 can be served in many of the agencies listed below.


All students pursuing their degree in Social Work at EKU are required to register for and pass SWK 390: Field Experience in a Social Agency and SWK 490: Social Work Practicum. Once you register, you will meet with the Program Field Placement Coordinator who will match you with an approved agency and supervisor. You will be required to work at an approved agency three to four days per week throughout the semester and attend a weekly on-campus seminar. Common agencies for placement include:

Elementary & High Schools           Hospice
Hospitals   Health Departments
Dept. of Juvenile Justice   Division of Youth Services
Dept. of Community Based Services   Adult Probation & Parole
Community Mental health Centers   Hospital Psychiatric Units
Senior Centers & Nursing Homes   Day Treatment Programs
Independent Living Programs   Employment Services
Homeless Shelters   Alternative Schools
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