MSW Field Experience

Field work and internship experience enable you to apply the theory that you learn in our classes in real helping situations and to explore the fields of practice that are interesting to you. You will work with the Director of Field Instruction to find a placement that fits your skills and career goals.

Full-time students
You will begin the field placement process upon acceptance into the program.

In your first year, you will complete at least 15 hours of field instruction per week during the fall and spring semesters, for a total of at least 450 hours. At least 225 hours must be completed in a given semester.

In your second year, you will complete at least 20 hours of field instruction per week or a total of 600 hours. At least 300 hours must be completed in a given semester

Part-time students
You will begin the field placement process in the spring semester of your first year.

In your second year, you will complete at least 15 hours of field instruction per week during the fall and spring semesters, for a total of at least 450 hours. At least 225 hours must be completed in a given semester.

In your third year, you will complete at least 20 hours of field instruction per week or a total of 600 hours. At least 300 hours must be completed in a given semester

Advanced standing students
If you are a full-time advanced standing student, or a part-time advanced standing student in your second year, you will complete a minimum of 20 hours of field instruction per week during the fall and spring semesters for a total minimum of 600 hours. At least 300 hours must be completed in a given semester.

Field Placement Process
You’ll begin your field placement process by discussing your interests with the Director of Field Instruction. Sites are approved by the School of Social Work, and all field instructors have an MSW degree and at least two years of post-MSW experience.

With more than 400 agencies to choose from, you can select their field placements from a variety of settings, including Aging/Gerontology; Alcohol, Drug or Substance Abuse; Child Welfare; Community Planning; Corrections/Criminal Justice; Family Services; Group Services; Health; Occupational/Industrial Social Work; Mental Health; Public Assistance/Public Welfare; Rehabilitation; and School Social Work.

You will then choose two or more agencies for more extensive investigation. Affiliation forms and detailed information can be found in the office of the Director of Field Instruction.

Field Placement Instruction and Liaison
You will be supervised at your field placement by a field instructor, and you will also be assigned a field liaison. The field liaison consults with you and the field instructor to help maximize your learning experience.

Resources

Field Placement Application
o  Learning Agreement (PDF file) (Word file)

  • Evaluation Forms (PDF files)

o    Field Evaluation of Student Performance (to be completed by instructor and student)
o    CADC Placement Evaluation Form (to be completed by instructor and student)
o    Evaluation of Field Instruction Experience (to be completed by student)