If you do not find the answer to your questions here or in the
MSW Field Manual, please feel free to email the Director of MSW
Field Education for the fastest response to your questions.
How do I apply for a field internship?
Once a student has been accepted to the Saint Leo University MSW
Program and plans to enter their Field Internship, a MSW Field
Application must be completed, signed, and submitted in the MSW
Field Database. One copy of the Field Application will be submitted
to the placement agency.
After completion of the field application, the MSW Field Faculty
will contact the student to discuss placements.v
How are students placed in field?
Using the interests and preferences noted on the MSW Field
Application, the Field Faculty will explore the quality learning
opportunities available in your local vicinity. The Field Faculty
strives to match the goals and interests of the student with the
needs of and opportunities offered by community agencies. An
interview will be set up so that the student and the agency
supervisor can meet to determine if their needs are a good match.
Placement in the field is the outcome of discussions between the
Field Faculty, the agency, and each individual student with the
goal of providing the student with a superior learning
What are the field education requirements?
In the traditional two-year program and in the three-year
program, the student will complete four (4) semesters of field
Each of the internships requires the student to participate in
agency-based instruction for 16 normal daytime work hours a week
for the duration of each of the four 16 week semesters. The
particular semesters in which the field internship takes place vary
according to the program in which the student is enrolled. Please
refer to the MSW course sequence for the schedule of field
Advanced standing students complete two (2) field internships.
These internships require that the students participate in
agency-based instruction for 16 normal daytime work hours a week in
the spring semester and for 16 normal daytime work hours a week in
the summer semester.
The MSW program understands that students have different
constraints and responsibilities, however, it is expected that the
student will participate in an agency during normal daytime work
hours. Students who have full-time jobs need to plan for release
time from their regular work to participate in field education.
All attempts will be made to arrange for the internship
placement to be within an hour commute of the student’s
What if I have to work and/or fulfill family
As noted above, it is expected that students will fulfill their
field internship hours during normal daytime work hours. Students
who have full-time jobs need to plan for release time from their
regular work to participation in field education.
Can I complete an internship at my place of
It may be possible to complete one of your internships at your
place of employment. Students opting to complete an internship at
their place of employment must complete an Employment-Based Field
Education Proposal which specifies how the internship duties,
hours, and supervision will be different and distinct from your
regular position at your place of employment. The goal of field
education is to provide you with new and diverse learning
The Employment-Based Field Education Proposal form is available
upon request from the Field Director.
What if I know of a specific agency where I think I
would like to go?
Please note this information on your MSW Field Application. The
Field Faculty will discuss the details with you and make contact
with the agency in order to ensure that the agency will offer you a
quality learning experience.
Is there a list of agencies that I can see?
The Field Office compiles a database of agencies offering
quality learning opportunities in your local vicinity. As the list
is continually being updated, the Field faculty utilizes the
information you offer on your MSW Field Application to best match
your learning goals and objectives with agencies in your area. The
Field faculty will discuss various options with you in order to
help you to make the best decision for your optimal learning
Can I be paid for my internship?
Yes. You may accept payment for work done as an intern or as an
employee if hired by the field agency.
Must my agency-based Field Supervisor be a degreed
Yes, only a degreed MSW social worker may serve as your Field
Supervisor. MSW supervision requires that the Field Supervisor
minimally have an MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited social work
program and two years of post-MSW practice experience.
Must my agency-based Field Supervisor be a licensed
No, licensure is not a requirement for field supervision.
The agency in which I’m interested doesn’t have a social
worker to supervise me. Can the University provide social work
supervision for me?
Yes, you may have a Task Supervisor at the Field agency. Field
Liaisons holding MSW degrees and residing in your local community
are available to provide clinical supervision specific to social
work educational criteria.