MSW Field Education

Field education is an integral part of the curriculum and represents a significant portion of each student's educational experience.

The Field Education Office oversees the placement process for students, maintains the external relationships with agencies, and coordinates training and support for field instructors. Field education gives students insight into the wide range of social work settings where graduates find employment.


Connecting Theory to Practice

By working in the field with our qualified UConn Field Instructors, students have the opportunity to integrate theory with practice, acquire and practice new skills and learn to navigate the changing world of service delivery. Students in the Master of Social Work program complete two internships. Advanced Standing students complete one internship.

The Foundation (first year) internship provides a generalist perspective of social work practice through a wide range of field assignments. The Advanced (second year) internship focuses primarily on the student’s concentration: Individuals, Groups, and Family Practice; Community Organizing; or Policy Practice.

MSW Field Education:

    • Offers a wide range of placement opportunities throughout CT
    • Weekly supervision from an MSW field instructor based at the agency
    • Students spend 15 or 20 hours a week at their field placement; at least 8 hours must be during the day
    • While in field, students are also enrolled in classes
    • Students may request approval to use their place of employment as a field site
    • Two field placements – begins in the fall semester and spans the academic year
    • Advanced Standing students complete one field placement that spans the academic year focused on their advanced concentration

UConn supports placements based on the areas of concentration within the school: Community Organizing; Individuals, Groups, and Families; and Policy PracticeFor more information on the concentration-based curriculum, please visit the MSW Coursework page.

For Students: Field Practicum Requirements

Field is an integral part of the Social Work program. It is an expectation that students understand field expectations and process so that we can ensure that we meet the educational needs of each student while also supporting agencies in fully meeting the needs of their clients and the community.

It is important that all students understand that the field placement is a required component of the curriculum of the UConn School of Social Work (SSW) Program. All required field practicum experiences must be completed at a UConn School of Social Work-approved facility. The School will assist you with securing a field practicum placement. Each Facility has its own requirements that must be met before accepting a student for a field practicum. You are responsible for meeting a Facility’s requirements.

A full list of student responsibilities in field practicum education can be found in the Currently being revised please check back

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    As a student in the UConn School of Social Work Master of Social Work (MSW) you must complete all required field experiences. If you are unable to complete all required experiences, you will not graduate from the MSW Program.

    All external experiences must be completed through placements at a Program-approved field facility. Each facility has its own requirements that must be met before a student can be accepted for a field placement. You are responsible for meeting the assigned facility’s requirements. The Program is not responsible for securing placements for students who are unable to meet a facility’s placement requirements.

    The University and the Program have a set of requirements and each facility may have additional requirements for student placements. The financial cost to meet all requirements is your responsibility; these costs are not included in your tuition and fees and are generally not covered by financial aid.

    Requirements include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Successfully completing a background screening. Background screenings verify social security numbers and include checking state and federal criminal records and sex offender registries. Background screenings may occur at one or more times during the program. If your background screening shows that you have a criminal record or are listed as a sex offender, you may not be able to secure a placement. If you have any questions regarding background checks, you can contact the UConn’s Clinical Case Manager at
    • Minimally, you will need to demonstrate immunity through titers for childhood disease such as measles, mumps and varicella. A record of previous immunizations is not sufficient to fulfill these requirements. Titers are required. Without them, you may not be able to secure a placement. It has been UConn’s experience that facilities will not accept a religious exemption form in lieu of proof of immunity and will deny placements to any student who fails to provide such proof. Evidence of immunity and costs associated with testing are your responsibility. Titers may be done through either your personal provider or the University’s student health and wellness service.
    • An annual tuberculosis screening is required. More details on the specific type will be provided in your onboarding session.
    • Annual documentation of receipt of the seasonal influenza vaccine is not required by the SSW but is strongly encouraged. It has been UConn’s experience that many facilities will not accept a religious exemption form in lieu of proof of vaccination and will deny placements to any student who fails to provide such proof. Evidence of vaccinations and costs associated with testing are your responsibility.

    If you are not able to meet the above requirements, you will most likely not be able to complete the program’s field placement experience requirements.

    Contact the Office of Clinical Placement Coordination (OCPC) with any questions related to University background check and immunization requirements.

    Students may not begin the field placement process or begin/continue an assigned field placement without fully meeting all compliance requirements through ADB/Complio. Please refer to materials from the Office of Clinical Placement Coordination (OCPC) for details about your requirements and deadlines and email with any questions about your compliance status.

    Additional Field Placement Experience Requirements:

    In addition to the above requirements, some facilities require the successful completion of other types of requirements such as those listed below. Students will be informed of any additional facility requirements at the time they are assigned a field placement and will have time to complete these requirements before beginning the field placement. The costs associated with meeting these additional requirements are your responsibility.

    • Successfully passing drug screenings. Drug screenings may occur at one or more times during the field placement. If you test positive for drug use, you may not be able to secure a placement at a facility or may be removed from a placement. This includes, but is not limited to, testing positive for prescribed medical marijuana or opiates. If you have any questions regarding drug screenings, you can contact the UConn’s Clinical Case Manager at Disclosure of drug use does not indicate a passed drug screen.
    • CPR: Basic Life Support, including Adult, Child and AED, through the American Heart Association OR a current EMT license.
    • Other: Other types of screenings include fingerprinting, debarment list screenings, and Motor Vehicle Records checks.

    If you are not able to meet a facility’s additional requirements in a timely manner, you will not be able to complete the scheduled field placement experience, which in turn will delay your ability to complete the program.

    If you have any questions regarding background checks and drug screens, you can contact the UConn’s Clinical Case Manager at For all other inquires please contact


    For Students: Placement Hours and Process

    Placement Hours:

    • Hour Placement:
      • 15 hours for 37 weeks Sept - mid June for a total of 560 hours - First year Students will not be eligible for Summer Block Placement and Second year Students: Please be advised that your degree will be conferred in August and will affect when you can take the LMSW exam and when you can start a job (most jobs in CT require that you have the LMSW and that your MSW degree is already conferred).
      • 20 hours for 28 weeks Sept. - end of April for a total of 560 hours
      • Summer Block Placement is 35 hours per week for IGFP students only and is not guaranteed

    Common Questions on the Placement Process:

    Below are some common questions and scenarios that come up during the field placement process.

    Student has an interest in working with a new agency/program that UConn has not worked with in the past.

    If a student has an interest in working with a specific agency or program that should be indicated on the field education placement form.  All agencies must meet specific qualifications to become a registered field site for the University.  These will be handled on a case by case basis.

    The agency does not have an MSW to serve as the field supervisor.

    Due to accrediting standards, there must be an MSW to serve as the MSW field supervisor.  Should a student be interested in a specific site, it should be indicated on the field education form and the field coordinator will follow up appropriately.

    How far will my placement be?

    The field education coordinators use the home address as an indicator of distance.  Based on the experience of the student, student interest and geographic location most sites are between 20-45 minutes distance.  Please note, that if a student is looking for a specific placement type, there may be limited available options and the field coordinator will discuss with you further.

    Additional Information to support your academics and campus life can be found at: MSW Student Page


    For Students: Stipend Internships

    Placements with Stipends:

    There are several partners that provide small stipends to students.  If you are interested in exploring these opportunities please indicate on your field placement form.


    The Scholars in Aging Program

    Through the generous gift by a donor, the School of Social Work has established the Scholars in Aging Program, a new stipend-internship program that will prepare interested students to serve the growing number of adults aged 65 and older. A cohort of 8 students will be chosen to participate in an aging setting. Key elements of the program:

    • Field placements and field units for our MSW students
    • Stipends for these students
    • Specialized courses for those field students and for the general student body

    Read more about this program and upcoming two-part webinar series.


    For Agencies & Field Instructors

    The Field Education Department welcomes the opportunity to meet and discuss field education and supporting the work of area agencies and field instructors.

    All Agencies looking to have field education students at their agency must have a signed Affiliation agreement and an agency application in place with the school.

    UConn Field Agency Application

    UConn Field Instructor Application

    Placement Process:

    The placement process begins in January and continues throughout the summer.  Should your agency have any changes or additions during this time please let us know so that we have the correct information.  All updates can be emailed to Field Education at

    Seminar In Field Instruction:
    New Field Instructors are required to take the seminar in field instruction during the fall semester of the first year in which they have a student.  A schedule and registration is sent with the student confirmation.

    Current Field Instructors:

    The Department has created a landing page to support you in your role as a field instructor for a UConn student.  We will add information and announcements as needed.  This page was created with the intent to have all resources in one place to support you.

    Field Instructor Resource Page



    For Adjunct Faculty Advisors

    Find resources on our Adjuncts page.

    Office Hours

    Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

    Any student wishing to request an appointment can email We will send you a meeting link via Nexus. For students that need assistance after 4:00 pm, we will make special arrangements to accommodate you.

    Contact Us

    General Inquires:
    Main Phone:  (959) 200-3636

    Nicole Campbell, DSW, LCSW
    Director of Field Education

    Nancy Urcinas
    Administrative Services Specialist

    Liane Lussier Smith, LCSW
    Field Coordinator

    Isalena Gilzene, MSW
    Field Coordinator

    Maria Koistinen, MSW
    Field Coordinator