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Social Work Internships
Edward Miner Gallaudet (EMG) 210
Welcome to the Internship Section of the Social Work Web site. The information here will help prepare and guide you in the completion of your internship.
Internships are an integral part of social work education and are known as the “signature pedagogy” because it is where theory becomes practice. BSW students compete one, yearlong internship in their senior year. MSW students complete two internships; one, yearlong placement and one semester long or “block” placement. This is a great opportunity for students to get experience in a social work practice setting before graduation. The internship helps students determine where you’d like to work after graduation, and provides them with invaluable networking opportunities. Social work interns have worked in many settings, including nonprofit, local and governmental agencies that focus on vocational rehabilitation, children and youth services, criminal justice, domestic violence, developmental disabilities, and community advocacy. Some students have also interned internationally working with DHH populations abroad.
All students participating in the field practicum during the year are required to become members of the National Association of Social Workers and must purchase professional liability insurance through the NASW Insurance Company during the time that you will be practicing.
National Web Site Application
(Recommendation: select “DC Metro Washington Chapter” chapter and “Student Membership” Cost is $57)
(Recommendation: register for $1,000,000-$3,000,000 coverage on the student form: cost is $15. You NASW membership number will be needed for this application.)
Students during their senior year as a BSW and their foundation year as an MSW are placed in the DC Metro Area (DC, VA, MD). For the Advanced MSW year the students have the opportunity to live in a town they’ve never been to, a state they’ve always wanted to visit, or countries that they have wanted to explore. Some of the internship placements have turned into careers post-graduation.
BSW and MSW Foundation:
MSW Concentration Year:
Social Work students benefit from diverse school, community and local government based internship settings in the Washington, DC, southern Maryland and northern Virginia (DMV) area. These year-long placements host BSW and/ or MSW students for 450-500 hours of guided field experience with individuals, families, groups and communities. Advanced semester long “block” placements can be local, national or, in a few cases, international.
Completing the field practicum for the Department of Social Work positions students for career success through a strong network of internship sites. These opportunities allow students to develop and implement the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) competencies and related practice behaviors.
Graduates have found excellent employment opportunities throughout the United States after graduation.
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