Students often find their Foundation year and Concentration year internships to be the most significant, productive, and memorable component of their social work education. In the context of these internships, students can consciously apply and experience practice knowledge and wisdom. UALR uses the agency-based instruction model, where trained and committed practicing MSWs volunteer their knowledge and skills to teach future social workers.

The agencies with whom we partner are committed to social work education and help support it by making available their staff as internship instructors and by providing space, equipment, and learning opportunities for students.

Settings for internships include a variety of human and community service organizations, public, nonprofit, and for-profit, large and small, whose work encompasses such areas as health and mental health care, child welfare, education, aging services, hospice care, substance abuse services, services to people with disabilities, and public policy advocacy.