Planning & Scheduling
You will complete four field placement courses in working towards your master’s of social work degree, two in the foundation year course of study and two in the advanced year, for a total of up to 1200 hours, 600 in each year.
The where, when and how of it.
Your placement can be in a hospital, outpatient mental health clinic, substance abuse program, nursing home, school or homeless shelter and we’re always adding new sites. We welcome any leads you might offer, but you cannot choose your own field placement. The Field Education Department careful vets each agency to make sure they meet all the Council on Social Work Education's criteria. Whatever the setting, you can be sure you'll be learning the skills you need.
Most placements begin in September and you have the option of completing your internship as
- 21 hours per week for 30 weeks OR
- 15 hour per week for 40 weeks
If you begin your field placement in January, you must do 21 hours per week for 30 weeks.
Most field placements are offered during regular daytime hours. Understanding that many of our students are balancing school, work and family, we try our best to develop field placements that offer evening and weekend options, but we cannot guarantee it and ask that you are flexible and make every effort to be available at least one day during regular (daytime) business hours for your field placement.
Although we try to place you as close to home or your workplace as possible, it is not unreasonable to expect up to a 60-75 minute commute to your field placement.
Getting the internship
After we identify a potential field placement position, you will still need to interview at the agency in order to get the field placement position. Whether you are a Foundation Year or an Advanced Concentration Year student, you are required to email the Field Education Department a well-written, professional resume that illustrates your work, social service or volunteer experience. You want to present your best self, so it is important that resumes are proofread for spelling and grammatical errors. Students should dress in an appropriate and professional manner for their interviews. The Field Education Department forwards your resume to the potential field placement agency - please do not contact them on your own - and then the field instructor or other agency representative will contact you to schedule an appointment for an interview.