Simmons offers numerous different options for students to complete their field education. Click the links on the left side of the page to find out more information about the various options, including:
Full-Time Program Internships are three days (24 hours) per week from September to May for both years of the M.S.W. program. Students take four classes concurrently the other two days. Summer class options and evening classes allow some flexibility.
Year I students are typically in the field on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Year II and Advanced Standing students are typically in the field Mondays, Thursdays and either Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays.
Extended Program students generally complete their Internships during the second and third years of their program. Some students opt to complete the program in four years, interning in their second and fourth year. Similar to all students in Field, most placements are three days (24 hours) per week from September to the 1st week of May. There are a limited number of 16 hour per week placement available, from September through the 1st week of August.
16 hours/week September through August
Opportunities for 16 hours per week placements are quite limited due to agency needs and requests; priority is given to those students who would otherwise be unable to complete the MSW program. The 16 hours per week placement is the same number of total hours as the 24 our per week placement but is extended until August. There are settings where a 16 hours per week placement will generally not be possible due to the August end date (schools, college counseling) or the agency's requirement of coverage over a broader numbers of days and/or hours (hospitals). For those students who require a 16 hours per week placement, the Field Education Department will work with the individual student to identify appropriate field placement options; however, we cannot promise a 16 hour per week placement. In addition, while one 16 hours per week placement may be approved, students should not plan to be able to complete two 16 hour per week field internships.
Advanced Standing Internships are available for students with a recent BSW who are accepted into our advanced standing program. Internships are three days per week (24 hours), in one agency, from early September through early August. Classes are taken concurrently in each of the three semesters.
One-Year Placement Options
The One Year Placement Option (OYO) is a field placement option available to Extended Program students with substantial experience working in a social work role. Students apply for this program after acceptance into the MSW program. Since few students meet the criteria for the program, applicants may need to make alternate plans for completion of the MSW.
To be eligible to apply for OYO status, a student must provide documentation of the following:
- Good academic standing
- Full-time employment in a clinical social work role, receiving supervision by an LICSW.
- Plan to continue in current social work role with concurrent professional supervision during Year II of your three-year MSW program.
- A minimum of 3 years in full-time employment post-bachelor's degree providing direct services in a social work role, while being supervised by an LICSW in weekly individual supervision for one of the three years.
- A letter of reference from one's supervisor
Program RequirementsSee application
Field Placement Planning
The OYO field placement process must be completed at an agency other than the student's place of employment.
Application Approval Process
The OYO Coordinator and the Director of Field Education will review this application for approval.
Employment as Field Placement
Placements in one's place of employment may be an option for students who are currently employed by a human service agency. The designated hours for the internship must be separate from the employment hours and must offer different learning opportunities. The placement must meet the school's criteria for a field placement. Additionally, the student must have a qualified LICSW field instructor who meets all of the criteria of the school and is not the student's current employment supervisor. An application must be completed and submitted for approval.