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What is IAP?

The School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany in partnership with community consortium agencies is offering a special opportunity to earn a Master in Social Work (MSW) with a specialization in service to aging persons. The program prepares students for direct and macro practice and leadership in social work services at one of the premiere MSW programs in the United States.

IAP is part of the Geriatric Social Work Practicum Program, which was begun by the John A. Hartford Foundation and coordinated by the New York Academy of Medicine, now called the Hartford Partnership Programs for Aging Education. The goal of the program is to address the critical need for geriatric social workers by

  1. Developing more aging rich practicum sites that will be a permanent and ongoing component of the graduate social work educational process.
  2. Increasing the number of MSW students electing to go into the field of aging.

For more information on the Hartford Practicum Partnership for Aging Education,

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IAP Opportunities and Benefits

Student plays piano for two happy seniors.The IAP provides a number of exciting opportunities, including the following:

  • A specialized curriculum in aging leading to the Master of Social Work (MSW).
  • Internships working with aging persons on a continuum from well to end of life.
  • Special high impact projects to develop leadership skills.
  • Integrative seminars to bridge the internship and the course work.
  • Financial aid in the second year of the MSW program.
  • Assistance with career planning.
  • Placements offer opportunities to both develop skills in working with individuals and families but also with systems and organizations that serve seniors.