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Field Education

Field education gives students insight into the wide range of social work settings where graduates may become employed. By working in the field with social work professionals who are qualified UConn Field Instructors, students have the opportunity to integrate theory with practice. Students in the Master of Social Work program participate in two field education internships:

  • The Foundation (first year) internship is designed to provide a generalist perspective of social work practice through a wide range of field assignments.
  • The Advanced (second year) internship focuses primarily on the student’s major method concentration.

Both foundation and advanced field education internships have pre- and/or co-requisite courses. Class content in many courses draws heavily from the student’s agency practice.

An Array of Options for Field Education

Students complete two different 560-hour internships. Internship options allow for flexibility including:

  • approximately 20 hours a week for 28 weeks.
  • A second year summer placement for 35 hours per week for 16 weeks for qualified students.
    Read more about the Summer Block Placement option.
  • At least 8 hours per week are spent at the agency during traditional weekday 9:00-5:00 work hours.
  • One of the two placements may be in your place of employment if certain conditions are met.
    See the Employed Social Work (ESW) program option.
  • International Field Placements for qualified students who express an interest in international/cross-cultural work.  Please contact Marilyn Cardone for more information.

The School cannot offer academic credit for work or life experience.

Field Work Settings

Foundation field work in the first year is an opportunity to expand your awareness of social work career options and work settings.  Advanced field work in your second year will more closely relate to your chosen method concentration.

Field Education Manual

Field Manual (2018 Revised 3-6-18)  (This Manual is for returning first year and incoming new to the MSW program)

Important Field Education Dates

  • Under review please check back

Contact Us

For more information contact us at or (959) 200-3636

Interested in becoming a Field Instructor?