Each M.S.W. student is required to complete a 500 hour field internship that is to be conducted in a setting and supervised by a qualified field instructor approved by the School of Social Work. The M.S.W. Field Education Coordinator is responsible for facilitating appropriate matches among the student, field instructor, and field internship setting.
At least four months prior to the commencement of the semester in which they intend to begin SCWK 6917, all students shall submit a completed Intent to Register in M.S.W. Field Internship form and a current resume to the M.S.W. Field Education Coordinator. At least six weeks before the internship commences, students shall submit an M.S.W. Field Internship Proposal to the Coordinator. Evaluation of the field internship will be on a PAS/FAL basis.
The School of Social Work depends on the cooperation of community agencies external to the University to provide field internships and instruction to its students. Many of these agencies have a range of requirements, such as Criminal Record Check, Child Protection Records Check, or Health Check, which must be completed before starting the internship. Students unable to meet the agency’s requirements may be delayed in their program or prevented from completing their program of study. Students are required to complete and update these requirements in a timely fashion and at their own expense. The procedures of any given agency may change from time to time and are beyond the control of the University.
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 Education Coordinator. Field instructors must have as a minimum qualification an M.S.W. Degree and a minimum of two years post-M.S.W. social work employment. Although consideration will be given to all factors affecting the location and type of social work field internships, final approval of 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 who voluntarily withdraw from the field internship without prior approval of the M.S.W. Field Education Coordinator and the Graduate Officer, or who conduct themselves in such a manner as to cause the agency and the M.S.W. Field Education 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 Education Coordinator and the Graduate Officer 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.