Social Work Department
For successful completion of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, students will complete both a pre-field (a minimum of 45 field hours) and a field internship (minimum of 450 hours). Students can refer to the BSW Field Manual for more information. Students will submit a pre-field application and meet with the BSW Field Director, Dr. Margaret Smith to discuss their interest. Students are notified by email of a referral to a potential field site and are asked to schedule an interview with the prospective agency. In order for one to begin placement, students are required to present up-to-date clearances for the state. These include Child Abuse, Criminal Record, and Background clearances.
During SOWK 410 Practice III, undergraduate students participate in a concurrent pre-field experience (minimum of 45 field hours) that familiarizes them with the field agency's organization and policies. Most students complete their formal field internship at their pre-field site in the following Spring semester. Each Spring, the senior class sponsors a fair in which they present their current field agencies to the junior class.
For successful completion of the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, students will complete one or two internship placements, depending on the program in which they are enrolled. Students in the Regular Program will complete two placements, one in the Foundation Year (first year) and one in the Concentration Year (second year). Those students in the Advanced Standing Program (those with an undergraduate degree in Social Work) will complete one placement. Students can refer to the MSW Internship Manual for more information. Campus-based students will have their placements located for them at a local agency near Edinboro. Online students are able to locate a potential internship agency that matches their interests. Students will submit an internship application to the MSW Internship Coordinator, Professor Natalie Montero. In order for one to begin placement, students are required to present up-to-date clearances for the state. These include Child Abuse, Criminal Record, and Background Check clearances.
Students in the Regular Program are required to complete 400 hours in their internship placement within the Foundation Year (first year); the courses include SOWK622 and SOWK623. Advanced Standing students and second year Regular Program students are required to complete 500 hours in their internship placement; the courses include SOWK722 and SOWK723.