Each M.S.W. student is required to complete a field internship that is to be conducted in a setting and supervised by a field instructor approved by the School of Social Work. The M.S.W. 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 an M.S.W. Degree and a minimum of two years post-MSW social work employment. Although consideration with be given to all factors affecting the location and type of social work field internships, final approval of a field internship rests with the School of Social Work. The School cannot guarantee the availability of M.S.W. field instruction in all communities and at all times.
Students are responsible for their own financial support during the field internship. Part-time field internships of two semesters will require approval from the proposed agency, field instructor, and the M.S.W. Field Coordinator.
At least four months prior to the commencement of the semester in which they intend to begin SCWK 6912, the 500 hour field internship, all students shall submit the prescribed form indicating an intent to register in M.S.W. Field Internship. At least six weeks before the internship commences, students shall submit an M.S.W. Field Internship Proposal. Evaluation of the field internship will be on a PAS/FAL basis.
Students who voluntarily withdraw from the field internship without prior approval of the M.S.W. Field Coordinator and the M.S.W. Coordinator, or who conduct themselves in such a manner as to cause the agency and the M.S.W. Field Coordinator to terminate the placement, will normally be awarded a grade of FAL in the field internship.
Students who voluntarily withdraw from the field internship with the prior approval of the M.S.W. Field Coordinator and the M.S.W. Coordinator cannot be guaranteed a second internship during that semester. In this case, the student will be awarded a grade of INC for the field internship. The student shall normally complete a field internship the following semester.