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At the very heart of the Smith M.S.W. experience is the field work internship or placement*. Woven between the three summer academic sessions, the Smith field work program is distinguished by the length of field work internship periods (sessions II and IV), by the program's responsiveness to the learning needs of individual students and by the extensive network of support provided within the field.

Because Smith is a nationally based school, it affiliates with the finest placement agencies across the country. More than 120 agencies in 20 states and Canada currently participate in Smith's field program, providing students with training opportunities in schools, family service and child welfare agencies, child guidance and mental health clinics, medical as well as psychiatric units of hospitals and college counseling centers under private and public auspices. New placement settings are constantly being explored by the field office which balance the training needs of students with the geographic representation of students and the support network available from alumni in various areas. Placement agencies are responsible for continuing to carry out the professional training offered at Smith by providing sound clinical experience and supervision consistent with the quality and focus of the school's educational mission.

The Smith Advantage

Smith's well-recognized, intensive, clinically diverse and closely monitored field internships are like no other social work training experience. The duration and rigor of this learning consistently provides Smith's graduates with a distinct advantage after graduation. Employers are eager to hire graduates with such rich and concentrated learning opportunities and Smith graduates find themselves readily employed.


*The SSW Field office coordinates field internships for MSW students.
Field information for doctoral students can be found on the Ph.D. program Clinical Internships page.