MSW Program

Planning for this Field Practicum experience:

Please review the following to assist you in your planning process:

It is essential that students plan carefully for their field placements, particularly with respect to the mandated hours per semester, educational and supervision requirements.

  • The Office of Field Education expects that students with traditional hours of availability will be able to do their internships during the regular weekday, business hours.
  • Extensive planning is required for students with non-traditional hours of availability.
  • The field office will offer students suggestions of agency sites but strongly encourages students who work full-time to complete field placements in an organization that would qualify for an employment based placement or submit a self-referral form.

MSW Foundation Field Practicum: (1st Field Practicum in the 2 or 3 year MSW program) 

The MSW Foundation Field Practicum provides learning opportunities in generalist social work practice.  Students are placed in agencies that can offer a full spectrum of social work experiences and support the MSW Foundation curriculum. The generalist requirement takes precedence over requests to work with specific populations or on specific issues.

Complete the MSW Foundation Field Practicum application here

Time Requirements for Foundation Field Practicum:

  • MSW Foundation Field Practicum students MUST attend their internships for a minimum of 15 or 16 hours per week
  • Field Practicum is two semesters long
  • Required 225 hours per semester
  • All students entering Field Practicum will be required to attend a Field Orientation prior to the beginning of their field practicum experience

MSW Advanced Year Field Practicum: (2nd Field Practicum in the 2 or 3 year MSW program OR the only field practicum for Advanced Standing Students)

Prior to the start of the student’s advanced program, students select a concentration and specialization.

  • Specializations are in Children, Youth, and Families; Health and Mental Health; or Individualized (designed with the academic advisor and approved by the program director).
  • Concentrations are Clinical Practice and MACRO Practice in Organizational, Community and Policy Arenas.

Complete the MSW Advanced Field Practicum application here   

Time Requirements for Advanced Field Practicum:

  • MSW Advanced Field Practicum students MUST attend their internships for a minimum of 18-24 hours per week
  • Field Practicum is two semesters long
  • Required 300 hours per semester
  • All students entering Field Practicum will be required to attend a Field Orientation prior to the beginning of their field practicum experience

Options to complete your Field Practicum for Foundation and Advanced Year:

  • Field Department Placement: A Field Education Specialist will be assigned to locate a placement for your upcoming year based on the application.  Student must have one full day or 2 half days available during the weekday to be eligible for this option.

 

  • Employment-Based: (Employment Based Proposal Information and application)
    • For students who would like to complete a field placement at their place of employment. The Employment Based-Proposal, completed in addition to the Field application, is due within 30 days of submitting the Field Application.

 

  • Student Self-Referral: (Self Referral Information and application
    • A student can independently contact an agency to solicit their own field placement including making inquiries to determine if an agency is interested in a student intern. Students who want to intern at a specific agency or who only have evening/weekend availability are required to complete a Self-Referral. The Self-Referral Form, completed in addition to the Field application, is due within 30 days of submitting the Field Application, after completing an interview with an agency.