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.

GSSW Field Manual 2022-2023

The where, when and how of it.

Your placement can be in a hospital, outpatient mental health clinic, substance abuse program, nursing home, foster care agency, school or homeless shelter - working with children, teens, adults, older adults, and/or families - 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 some evening and weekend options, but you will need 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 should expect to visit the agency for an interview. Whether you are a Foundation Year or an Advanced Concentration Year student, you will be asked to submit a field registration form and 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 (The Writing Center can help you review and improve your resume). You should dress in an appropriate and professional manner for your 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.