Urban social work Program

Jordan kreikemeier,
Heartland alliance 

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"I used my Chicago Center experience as a stepping-stone from college student to a professional in the workforce.  It gave me a chance to dip my toes in the water before fully jumping in. The Center helped me navigate my new home and brought me to parts of the city that I never would have ventured to had I not been with the program. "

Why complete Your Practicum Experience in chicago?

Begin Your Career

For a practical social work experience, there is no better place to start your career than with Chicago Center. Through our placements, you can work in a variety of fields: refugee and immigrant services, medical social work, family services, HIV/AIDS services, community organizing and more. Jana Mueller, SP'19 from Luther College, reflects, "My internship at Access Living led me to start my career at RAMP right after graduation. Both agencies are part of the Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living (INCIL). The experience with the Chicago Center showed me that working with people with disabilities is what I want to do with my social work degree." Click the link below for list of sites we've worked with recently!

Professional Development

Chicago Center chooses Practicum Placements that have proven track records. Our goal is the same as yours: To prepare you to be the best social worker and to broaden your options for where you will choose to practice once you graduate. Placements are chosen in compliance with the standards and requirements for the BSW degree at your college and for your state. Chicago Center offers a wide spectrum of practicum site possibilities. Your practicum placement will be assigned to you based on your interests and certification needs.

Click the icon below to hear from Madi Brauer about their experience at La Casa Norte!

Classroom to the Workplace

Our programs allow you to expand your educational experience and live in the great city of Chicago. Take what you've been learning in your classrooms on campus and apply it in a professional setting. You can earn college credit and prepare for your career by gaining work experience in our personally tailored placements. Read some of our student testimonials to hear about their transitions from student to professional!


During a weekly seminar with Chicago Center’s social work instructor, students become aware of the needs and concerns of diverse urban populations at both program and policy levels. You will also adapt and refine your interview and assessment skills. As part of the program you will fulfill all the requirements (written and
reporting) of your campus’ program. The Seminar Instructor will also serve as a liaison to your campus. The Seminar meets once a week for 2-3 hours, and will include occasional weekend events. Click the icon below to begin a conversation with Executive Director, Lane Chesebro, and see what Chicago Center can do for your future goals in the field of social work. 

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