Senior Field Education Internship
This yearlong practicum (SOCW 482 & 483) requires students to complete 400+ hours of service in a local social service agency. While the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) requires a minimum of 400 hours of field education, the Program has a greater expectation in requiring close to 500 hours in order for students to be competitive in applying to graduate school.
Students are in placement during fall and spring semesters of their senior year on a regular weekly schedule, all day Monday and all day Wednesday, for approximately 16 hours, according to the agency’s hours of operation. In addition, during the January college intersession, students return to campus soon after January 1 and they attend placement full time for two weeks.
Central to this yearlong practicum is the relationship that emerges between Field faculty, the agency field instructor, and the student, who work as a team and meet at the agency at least two times a semester to maximize the student’s learning opportunities and continue to develop and monitor the students' ability to demonstrate their effectiveness in mastering the Social Work Program Competencies (SWPCs). Alongside these group meetings, student's receive weekly supervision from their Agency Field Instructor, and at the end of each semester the Agency Field Instructor completes an evaluation of the student’s performance that is shared with the student and signed by both.
Concurrently with the Field Education internship, students participate in Field Education Seminars, complete a variety of assignments, and meet individually with the Field Education Coordinator or Field Liasion as needed.
Field Placement Directory (Click on the organization name to explore their website)
Child and Family Services
Real Skills Network Inc.
|DAAC Program, Family Services|
|Grace Smith House|
|Safe Homes of Orange County|
|DC Mediation Center of Dutchess County- Anti-Bullying Prevention|
Health and Medical
|Vassar Brothers Medical Center -Pediatrics|
|Hudson River Housing-E.A.T.S.|
|Mental Health America (MHA) of Dutchess County|
|MHA Teen Challenge and Young Adult Program|
|Liberty Partnership PHS|
|Pinebush School District|
|Poughkeepsie High School|
|Poughkeepsie Middle School|
|Lexington Center for Recovery (LCR) Main Street Clinic|
|Mid-Hudson Alcoholism Recovery Center|