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M.S.W. Field Education

M.S.W. student AJ Metthe at his field internship site

At the very heart of the Smith M.S.W. experience will be your field internship*. Woven between the three summer academic sessions, our field work program is distinguished by the length of the internship periods (sessions 2 and 4), 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 training sites 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. Our Field Office is constantly exploring new internship settings that balance the training and location needs of students and the support network available from alumni in various areas. Training sites supplement 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 the field internships consistently provides Smith's graduates with a distinct advantage after graduation. Employers are eager to hire graduates with such rich and concentrated learning experiences, and Smith graduates find themselves readily employed.

 

Note: The SSW Field Education Department coordinates field internships for M.S.W. students. You’ll find field information for doctoral students on the Ph.D. Field Education page. Contact the Ph.D. program coordinator (sswphd@smith.edu or 413-585-7981) for more information.