MSW field instruction

The signature pedagogy of our program, MSW field instruction (referred to as “field” for short) is a professional placement where you apply classroom knowledge in a practice setting. Gain confidence as you demonstrate competence in what you’ve learned. Field is also an academic course with assignments and requirements.

MJ Gilbert spoke to students at field fair.
MJ Gilbert, director of MSW field instruction, speaks to students at Field Fair orientation.

About field instruction

As part of field, you are paired with a field liaison. The liaison teaches your field seminar course, works as your adviser, and as a mediator/go-between for you and the agency in which you are placed.

Academic year placements typically are from September through April/May, requiring 14-20 hours per week, depending on placement. Summer placements require 35-40 hours per week for 12 to 15 weeks.

Placement

Foundation Placement: (420 hours) is completed only by MSW students in the Full Program.

Concentration Placement: (600 hours) is completed by MSW students in both the Full and Advanced Standing Programs.

Field Fair

The MSW Field Fair happens each spring, preparing MSW students for fall internships. Students meet representatives from local agencies and arrange for internships interviews.

Forms and documents

Sample field documents

If your agency is interested in becoming a field internship site, please contact rchears@umn.edu

Initial field contract-SAMPLE

Competencies Assessment and Learning Contract-SAMPLE

Field manual

Additional handbooks, manuals, forms, and guidelines related to the MSW can be found on the bottom of the MSW program page.