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Social Work Internship program

The members of our dedicated social work team believe strongly in the education of future social work professionals. Having benefited from a diverse range of student placement experiences during our own education, we recognize the commitment to social work students as the future of our profession.

Our Social Work Internship Program is currently available for 2nd Year and Advanced Standing MSW students only.  The program is run by the social work division of our Family Services Department.  Our program provides students the opportunity to learn medical social work from highly skilled clinicians. During the internship, students will participate in all aspects of medical social work – following patients and their families from diagnosis through discharge and end of life care. 

Program Information

Program Information

Interns are valued members of the social work program within the Department of Family Services.  At the start of their field placement interns are placed with a field instructor assigned to a specific medical service.  All field instructors are Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers (LICSW) with years of experience and expertise in a variety of clinical settings.  These field instructors guide interns through the world of pediatric medical social work.  Students will have the opportunity during second semester to participate in an optional rotation cycle on other medical services.  During this time there is no change in their assigned field instructor. Interns are expected to participate actively in their own education by completing weekly supervision and attending monthly education sessions. At the completion of their field work they will leave with an invaluable skill set and an understanding of the complexities of medical social work.

Field placement is available for 2nd Year and Advanced Standing MSW students only.  This is a highly competitive placement.  Not everyone who interviews is accepted for internship.  If accepted for field placement, all interns must complete a series of on-boarding requirements prior to being cleared to start their internship.  As part of the on-boarding process students must meet our Occupational Health requirements which include completion of our medical form by your private physician and verification of up-to-date immunizations.  Additionally all interns are required to be cleared through a background investigation prior to starting their internship.  Currently there is no cost to the intern.  Materials to initiate this process will be made available after the placement process is completed.

There are no intern stipends offered at Children’s National.



Internships are offered during the traditional academic calendar (generally August - May).  There are no summer, evening or weekend internship opportunities at this time.  Students are expected to comply with their university's field hour requirements.  Internship days are Monday - Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm.   

We will begin accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year starting November 1, 2017.  See the section "How to Apply" for additional information.

How to Apply

How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for 2017-2018 academic year. All internship positions have been filled.

We will begin accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year starting November 1, 2017.  Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018.  Please contact your field office directly for an application. We interview and place students February-March, for the upcoming school year, and once the interview process has begun we do not accept additional applicants.

Additional application information includes the following:

  • This is a very fast paced and demanding environment, where both independence and team collaboration are essential skills.  We are interested in students who can demonstrate initiative, a strong work ethic, an above average GPA and excellent writing skills.  Additionally a clear concise resume and volunteer / work experience are very important in helping intern candidates stand out from others.
  • The social work placement process is very competitive.  We interview more students than we accept for field placement.  Having an interview does not guarantee that you will secure a field placement.
  • Placement options are for 2nd year MSW students and Advanced Standing students only.  We do not have placements for undergraduate or 1st year MSW students.
  • There are no summer internship options at this time.
  • There is no wait list.

For more information, please contact:

Aimee Phipps, LICSW
MSW Field Internship Coordinator
Department of Family Services
Children's National Medical Center
111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington, DC  20010


Frequently Asked Questions

1. I am not an MSW student yet. Are there any opportunities to shadow?

  • No there are no opportunities to shadow.

2. I am a BSW student. Can I apply for an internship?

  • No. We only accept graduate level MSW students who are 2nd Year or Advanced Standing.

3. I am a non-traditional student. Do you have any summer internship opportunities?

  • No there are no summer internships at this time.

4. I am interested in adjusting my schedule to work nights and weekends.

  • Unfortunately there are no placement options for students needing night or weekend placement.

5. I didn't make the cut-off for interviews. Can I be waitlisted?

  • We do not offer an option to waitlist.

6. I am interested in doing counseling / psychology. Do you have any positions within behavioral health?

  • There is an inpatient psychiatry unit at Children's National. Unfortunately social work within the behavioral health setting is not a part of the Family Services Department. Only medical social work positions are available within the Family Services Department at this time.