Field Education

The University at Albany School of Social Welfare partners with over 400 agencies to provide graduate and undergraduate students with a variety of social work practice experiences in many specialist fields. The School’s location in one of Upstate New York’s metropolitan areas, as well as proximity to state government, offer unique opportunities for social work learning. The educational experience is further enhanced through the collaborative partnership between the field education office and teaching faculty. Field education is designed to expose students to new and emerging areas of social work practice. Students are supervised by experienced professionals competent in a variety of social work practice skills.

 

Becoming a Field Instructor
Benefits of Being a Field Instructor

For You:

  • Tuition waiver for credit-bearing courses
  • Résumé enhancer 
  • Reduced cost to attend continuing education programs
  • Networking opportunities at Annual Field Institute
  • Eighteen (18) free CEUs upon completion of Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) 
  • Unlimited access to UAlbany’s libraries
  • Access to UAlbany’s SEFCU Fitness Center
  • Opportunity to contribute to BS and MSW curriculum development
  • Help shape the next generation of social workers

 

For Your Agency:

  • Build the next generation of your workforce
  • Enthusiastic interns to help move agency goals forward
  • Recruitment channels for new employees 
  • Networking opportunities for professional staff
  • Promotion at our Annual Field and Career Fair to recruit new employees
  • Deepen a relationship as a community partner of the University at Albany
    Requirements

    Requirements:

    • MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited social work program and two years post-graduate social work experience.
    • Complete an 18-hour Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI), or have proof of completion of a training at a comparable institution.
    • Adequate time for student supervision, documentation review, evaluations, and meetings.

     

    Specialized Field Opportunities
    Internships in Aging Project (IAP)

    The School of Social Welfare at UAlbany has partnered with a consortium of local agencies to provide MSW students with the opportunity to specialize in macro or clinical practice with aging populations.

    IAP features rotations within an expanded internship to expose students to a range of aging issues as well as both macro and clinical practice interventions. This three day per week internship includes financial assistance to allow expanded time in field. Students also participate in a specialized curriculum within the MSW program and integrative seminars to bridge classroom instruction and hands-on internship experience. For more information, email [email protected]

     

    MSW Full Time Curriculum

    MACRO

    Fall

    • Research Methods in Program Evaluation for Social Welfare Management
    • Practice with Mature and Aging Adults
    • Human Service Organizations in a Changing Environment
    • Community Building
    • Integrative Seminar for Internship in Aging Project
    • Field Instruction III

    Spring

    • Social Gerontology: Policies, Programs, and Services
    • Management Systems in Human Service Organizations
    • Advanced Macro Practice: Select one course as advised
    • Integrative Seminar for Internship in Aging Project
    • Field instruction IV

     

    Clinical

    Fall

    • Research Methods in Program Evaluation for Social Welfare Management OR Evaluation of Clinical Practice
    • Practice with Mature and Aging Adults
    • Human Service Organizations in a Changing Environment
    • Advanced Clinical Practice: Select one course as advised
    • Integrative Seminar for Internship in Aging Project
    • Field Instruction III

    Spring

    • Social Gerontology: Policies, Programs, and Services
    • Management Systems in Human Service Organizations
    • Advanced Clinical Practice: Select one course as advised
    • Integrative Seminar for Internship in Aging Project
    • Field Instruction IV

     

    Application to the Internships in Aging Project (IAP)

    Full-time students apply to IAP in the spring semester of their foundation year.

    If you intend to enter the MSW program with advanced standing, you need let us know that you want to be considered for this opportunity when you apply for admission to the MSW program. 

    Part-time students should apply during their second year to avoid missing required classes.

    To apply to IAP, email [email protected].

     

     

    Albany Internships in Mental Health (AIMH)

    Funded in partnership with the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH), the Albany Internships in Mental Health (AIMH) is a competitive internship opportunity available to full time MSW students in either the clinical or MACRO concentrations. Students accepted into the AIMH program will receive specialized training in the use of evidenced-based mental health interventions for adults in the community. AIMH students are placed through a matching process in community-based field placements that have been selected and certified by NYSOMH. Examples of evidence-based practices include: Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Personalized Recovery-Oriented Services (PROS), Wellness Self-Management (WSM), Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques. Students in the AIMH program are also required to take the advanced clinical practice course “Evidence-Based Practice and Mental Health” and participate in a special colloquium series.

    Financial stipends are provided to AIMH students upon completion of the requirements along with a certificate of completion from the New York State Office of Mental Health. The program seeks to help build the state workforce of MSW graduates who hold specialized training in the use of evidence-based mental health practices. The colloquium series provides students with additional opportunities to integrate classroom and field placement experiences in advanced mental health practice.

    For more information email Dr. Eric Hardiman ([email protected]) or [email protected].

     

    Application to the Albany Internships in Mental Health (AIMH)

    Full-time students apply to AIMH in the spring semester of their foundation year.

    To apply to AIMH, email  Dr. Eric Hardiman ([email protected]) or [email protected].