Summary Work Study and Block Options

Work Study
Students employed full-time may request to have their field placement at their place of employment.  For consideration of a current employment site, students must be employed at a human services agency for a minimum of 3-5 years.  A designated human services agency must perform services to clients, have social workers performing clinical duties in service to those clients and uphold a mission of service congruent with the curricular objectives of the University at Albany School of Social Welfare.  Nursing, teaching or educational assistantships, or camp counseling are some examples that do not qualify as relevant human service experiences. Students considering Work Study must demonstrate that their work site provides a different learning experience from their primary work duties.  Additionally, the field instructor of record must be different from the student’s direct supervisor. There is an application process that must be submitted for consideration of Work Study. Guidelines for completing the application are on the website.

Summer Block
Students seeking advanced concentration (2nd ) field placements have the option of requesting a summer block placement. To be eligible for a summer block placement, students must have successfully completed Field Instruction I and II and have completed at least 37 credits.  Students must also have three out the last five years of paid full-time employment in social work service.  Field sites must agree to have students do a summer block placement. There is an application process for consideration of a block placement.

Summer/Fall Block
This option is available to advanced concentration students requesting to start their second field placement in the Summer and continue through the Fall.  Students must have successfully completed Field Instruction I and II and have completed at least 37 credits.  Students must also have three out of the last five years of paid full-time employment in social work service. Designated field days are Thursdays and Fridays. It allows students to complete two semesters of Field in the same agency from May through December.  Guidelines for completing the application for any block placement can be found on the website.