Senior Field Education Internship

field practicum

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)


Alzheimer’s Association

 Ferncliff Nursing Home (Social Service Dept.)

The Baptist Home

 Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties

Dutchess County Office for the Aging

 Lutheran Care Center

Eden Park Nursing Home


Elant at Goshen

 The Pines

Elder Support Services –Family Services Inc.

Vassar Warner Home 


Child and Family Services

Astor Early Screening

Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie

Astor Head Start

Families Now

Astor Home for Children

Healthy Families

Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh

Jewish Community Center of Dutchess County

Center for Prevention of Child Abuse (CPCA)

Mid-Hudson Family Health Institute

Children’s Home of Kingston

Orange County Department of Social Services (OCDSS)


Criminal Justice

Dutchess County Probation Office

Project More

Juvenile Justice Division- Poughkeepsie Police Dept.

Ulster County Probation


Community Services

Catherine St. Community Center

Dutchess Outreach

Catholic Charities

Dutchess County Dept. of Adult Services

Community Action Center / Big Brother Big Sister

Salvation Army


Child Welfare

Dutchess County DCFS

Real Skills Network Inc.     

Early Education Center



Developmental Disabilities

Abilities First

New Horizons Resources, Inc. (NHR)

ARC of Dutchess

Sullivan ARC

Brookside School

Taconic Developmental Disabilities Services - Ulster Office

Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County

Taconic Resources for Independence Inc.

DOH Child with Special Needs Program

Ulster-Greene ARC-MSC

Greystone Programs



Domestic Violence

Battered Women’s Services of Family Services

 DAAC Program, Family Services

Center for Victim Safety and Support

 Grace Smith House

Crime Victims Assistance Program (CVAP)/Rape Crisis

 Safe Homes of Orange County


Family Services

Adult Protective Services

 DC Mediation Center of Dutchess County- Anti-Bullying Prevention


Health and Medical

Benedictine Hospital (HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley)

 North East Center for Rehab and Brain Injury

Department of Behavioral and Community Health

 Putnam Hospital

Hudson Valley Community Services

 Vassar Brothers Medical Center -Pediatrics



Hillcrest House

 Hudson River Housing-E.A.T.S.

Hudson River Lodge

 River Haven


Mental Health

Astor Counseling Center

Mental Health America (MHA) of Dutchess County

Astor Intensive Care Management Program            

 MHA Teen Challenge and Young Adult Program

Children’s Annex of Kingston

 Occupations Inc.



Dutchess BOCES

 Liberty Partnership PHS

Highland Central School District

 Pinebush School District


 Poughkeepsie High School

Krieger Elementary School

Poughkeepsie Middle School


Substance Abuse

Bridge Back Program

 Lexington Center for Recovery (LCR) Main Street Clinic

Daytop Village- Millbrook Facility

 Mid-Hudson Alcoholism Recovery Center

Kingston Hospital – Substance Abuse