MSW Field Education
Welcome to UNH MSW Field Education. Your field education, internship, is about applying and doing, the opportunity for you to connect the theoretical and conceptual contribution of the classroom with the practical world of the practice setting. Classroom and field each contribute to the development of a students’ competencies of professional practice. Graduate school is a rare opportunity to have so many people; your field supervisor, faculty and other students, supporting your professional development.
How Field Education Works:
Field instruction is concurrent with classroom work. During the first field placement students are required to spend two days per week in the field. In the second field placement students spend three days each week in the field. Students may not “bank” their hours and end their placements prematurely.
In the Durham program, first year placements are typically arranged on Thursdays and Fridays and students are expected to work 16 hours per week at their placement. Similarly, Durham second year placements are typically arranged on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and students are expected to work 24 hours per week at their placement. This schedule may be adjusted by mutual agreement of the student and field supervisor, if needed, with collaboration with field coordinator. Students are expected to work a full day unless special arrangements are made. Reliable and punctual attendance is required.
For Manchester students, first internship year placement schedules are arranged by mutual agreement between the student and the field supervisor. During this internship year students are expected to work at their placement for 16 hours/week. Similarly, second year internship placements are arranged by mutual agreement and students are expected to work 24 hours per week at their placement. Any requests for variations on the schedule must be made in the form of a written proposal and addressed to the appropriate Field Coordinator.
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