Internships are an important aspect of both the BASW and MSW curriculum. Social work education  embraces the concept that students learn best when they are involved in the experience of integrating theoretical concepts taught in the classroom and employing them in internships.  Students  engage in understanding  the importance of  establishing professional relationships with their clients, the significance of assessment, determining goals in collaboration with clients,  developing effective intervention strategies, evaluating their services, and developing a greater sense of self awareness that informs practice. Opportunities to learn practice concepts  related to organizational and community involvement also are offered students. In addition, students are provided a unique experience through their educational process at the School of Social Work related to the trans-cultural perspective.

BASW Program:

Students in the program must complete two semesters of field practicum which requires a total of 480 hours of field internship in a program approved agency.

Students planning to enter internships should have their schedules and personal affairs arranged to enable them to devote 16 hours per week in a program-approved agency. Students who do not meet the minimum standard of performance may be required to complete more hours to gain the minimum competencies necessary for social work practice. A grade of “No Credit’ in the internship courses results in further action taken in the social work program. See the Field Manual for policies governing internships.

Students in internships are covered by professional liability insurance. Agencies may require the use of a car, proof of auto insurance, finger printing, and background check as requirements for internships.

Please see the BASW Program Bulletin and the BASW Program Handbook for more details.

MSW Program:

Internships span four semesters with each semester being fifteen weeks. There are two consecutive semesters of internships for each academic year. The first two semesters require two days of internship ( Tuesday/Wednesday or Thursday/Friday, 16 hours per week) while the last two semesters requires three days/24 hours per week (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday). An exception to this three days/24 hour per week requirement for second year internship is available to students requesting to spread their second year placement over three semesters, and requires two days/16 hours per week for each semester. This exception must be formally requested. A minimum total of 1,200 internship hours is required.

The first year internship is planned for students to develop generalist practice skills in work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities within a trans-cultural perspective. The second year practicum provides further refinement of practice skills with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Students are placed in agencies serving various populations-at-risk.

Full and part-time students may petition either to consider their work site  as a possible internship for one year or a block placement (five days/week until the hours are completed).

Students in internships are covered by  professional liability insurance. Agencies may require the use of a car, proof of auto insurance, finger printing, and background check as requirements for internships.

 Proof of Liability Insurance (PDF)

Proof of Liability Insurance (PDF)

Information and Forms

BASW Internships

MSW Internships

Selected Internship  Sites