Each MSW student is required to complete an advanced clinical internship that is to be conducted in a setting and supervised by a field instructor approved by the School of Social Work. The graduate field coordinator is responsible for facilitating appropriate matches between the student, field instructor, and field internship setting. Acceptable field instructors must have as a minimum qualification a MSW degree. Although consideration will be given to all factors affecting the location and type of social work internships, final approval of an internship rests with the School of Social Work. The School cannot guarantee the availability of MSW field instruction in all communities and at all times.
Students are responsible for their own financial support during the internship. Part-time internships of two semesters will require approval from the proposed agency field instructor and the graduate field coordinator.
At least four months prior to the commencement of the semester in which they intend to begin 6912, the 500 hour field internship, all candidates shall submit a completed Field Internship Planning Information Form. At least six weeks before the internship commences, students shall submit a Social Work Field Internship Proposal. Evaluation of the internship in Advanced Clinical Practice will be on a PASS/FAIL basis.
Candidates who voluntarily withdraw from the social work internship without prior approval of the graduate field coordinator and the chair of the Graduate Studies Committee, or who conduct themselves in such a manner as to cause the agency and the field coordinator to terminate the placement, will normally be awarded a grade of Fail in the internship course.
Candidates who voluntarily withdraw from the field internship with the prior approval of the graduate field coordinator and the chair of the Graduate Studies Committee cannot be guaranteed a second internship during that semester. In this case, the candidate will be awarded a grade of Incomplete for the internship course. The candidate shall normally complete an internship the following semester.