MSW is committed to taking into account students personal circumstances and working with students to meet their educational needs as closely as possible.
The process of assigning a student to an agency for a field internship is meticulous and deliberate,
with each student’s educational needs being matched with a specific agency. Although the School cannot guarantee a specific geographic area for field internships, students are encouraged to identify their preferred geographic areas.
The second-year internship allows you to not only expand your clinical knowledge and experience, but also to develop areas of specialization within the field.
MSW Internship Highlights
- MSW Field Education gives students hands-on experience in their field of study, with opportunities for individuals, groups, families, communities, and organizations.
- Classroom instruction is essential. Your field education, on the other hand, brings your learning experience to life. That is why we place such a high value on it.
- This deep dive into your learning will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to take the next step in your career.
Find out more information about the qualifications for interns
- Traditional students (those with an undergraduate degree other than a BSW) spend a minimum of 900 hours at the placement site.
- Advanced Standing students (those with a BSW) spend at least 500 hours at the placement site. Please keep in mind that students in the school social work focus area must meet the minimum requirement of 600 hours set by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
- Students pursuing concentrations in Leadership and Social Change, Children, Youth, and Family Services, Health Care, and Mental Health begin their internships during the summer or fall semester.
- Students pursuing a school social work concentration begin their internship in the fall semester and adhere to the school district calendar.
Students must complete all required coursework, demonstrate professional behavior in the classroom, and have a cumulative grade point average of at least a B to be eligible to enter the field.