BSW Field Instruction
Field instruction is a critical part of the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BSW) program. All students in the second year of this major must complete a year-long Fieldwork Practicum and a seminar that integrates the knowledge learned in the classroom with your experiences in the field.
The 600-hour field instruction course consists of:
- Practicum in Generalist Social Work Practice in an agency setting: 570 hours.
- Integrative Seminar: 30 hours. Meets every other week over the academic year.
For the practicum, you’ll work at a social service agency in close cooperation with an experienced supervisor. During your internship, you’ll work with individual clients while being exposed to larger agency and systems practices and issues.
You have the choice of fulfilling your 570 on-site hours in one of three ways:
- Field education (21 hours): You’ll work 21 hours, over three days per week. Placement begins in September and ends in early May.
- Field education (14 hours): You’ll work 14 hours, over two days per week. Placement begins in September and ends in July.
- Work study: Some students qualify to work either 21 or 14 hours per week at the social service agency where they are currently employed in a social work capacity.
If you have a conflicting work schedule and cannot perform fieldwork during weekday business hours, we will try to find evening and weekend placements for you. However, you are still required to spend at least four consecutive hours per week at the internship during the agency’s regular working hours, typically 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Integrative Seminar is a required course that meets 15 times during your senior year. It is limited to 15 students, all in the BSW program. The seminar is a supportive learning community, which features a variety of learning experiences including discussions, brief lectures, student presentations, and guest speakers.
Attendance in the seminar is required as part of your obligation to fulfill the 600 hours of the Field Practicum course and is led by your social work faculty adviser. You will not get a separate grade or additional credits for the seminar.
Getting a Field Placement
Rachelle Kammer, PhD, the field instruction coordinator for the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BSW) program, will contact you about meeting in the spring semester before your fall internship begins. You will need to fill out a form about your interests and experiences and meet to discuss field education options.
Dr. Kammer will try to place you in an internship that balances the program requirements with your interests, schedule, and transportation needs. She also welcomes your suggestions for possible placements in which you might be interested.
Once you have been assigned to an agency, you and your field instructor will need to complete a Field Instruction Educational Agreement form and email it to Dr. Kammer.
Contact Rachelle Kammer, PhD, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 212-636-6660.