One of the things I appreciate the most about the GSSW program is the opportunity to push the boundaries of field education. Not only do you have the opportunity to personally select your internship placement, but also develop and implement a research design that is relevant to your interest of study. In the winter and spring quarter of the concentration year, students look forward to completing a research design that is often congruent with their field placement.
I am actually in the midst of designing a research project that will include a focus group and self-report surveys. This study is designed to evaluate the success of one of the programs at my current internship. Understanding and appreciating the value and purpose of empirical research within the realm of social services is a critical skill set when assessing a well-rounded education.