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Social Work Field Placement 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 Field Placement 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 their field placement, 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.  We provide social work services in a medical healthcare setting. We do not offer field placements for inpatient psychiatry or other related behavioral / mental health settings.

 

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 who are accepted into our program will be assigned a specific medical service or medical unit.  They will have the opportunity during second semester to participate in a 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 seminars and group supervision 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.

Our MSW field placement program is available for 2nd Year and Advanced Standing MSW students only. This is a highly competitive placement.  Not all students who apply will be accepted for interview or field placement.  There are no intern stipends offered at Children’s National.  We average around 5 field placements each academic year and we accept students from several area universities.  We are interested in students who demonstrate a strong commitment to social work values and ethics, who have excelled in their academic fields, and who have excellent writing skills.  If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply.

Additional information about our program:

  1. We only accept students for the traditional school year. 

  2. We have do not offer placements for students in a summer program, part-time or extended school year program.

  3. Internship hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm.  We do not offer night or weekend hours.

  4. All students must be able to attend field placement on Wednesday.  The first Wednesday of every month we hold a mandatory student education and group supervision session from 12:00-2:00pm.  No exceptions.

  5. No stipends are offered.

  6. If a student is accepted for placement they will be required to complete a physical, a health screen, receive updated immunizations, and complete a background check.  During the course of their field assignment students will also be required to receive a flu shot, which will be provided at no cost to them.  Information on how to do this is provided after an offer for placement is confirmed.

Schedule

Schedule

The application window for the 2019-2020 academic year is now open.  We will accept applications from November 1, 2018-January 31, 2019.  Interviews will be held in February and students will be offered a field placement by March.  If accepted into the program, there are prerequisites that must be completed over the summer, prior to the field placement start date.  This information will be provided only to students who are accepted in to the program.

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

Please note:  All students must be able to attend field placement on Wednesday.  The first Wednesday of every month we hold a mandatory student education and group supervision session from 12:00-2:00pm.  No exceptions.

Refer to the section "How to Apply" for additional information on the application process.

How to Apply

How to Apply

We are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year!  Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019.  Please visit your field office to request a copy of our field placement application.

Our MSW field placement program is available for 2nd Year and Advanced Standing MSW students only.  Field placements are for the traditional academic calendar only.  We do not provide field placement for inpatient psychiatry or other related behavioral / mental health settings.  We do not provide undergraduate internships.  We average around 5 field placements each academic year and we accept students from several area universities. 

Additional application information includes the following:

  1. 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 and a strong commitment to social work values and ethics, who have excelled in their academic fields, and who have excellent writing skills.  If this sounds like you, then we encourage you to apply. 

  2. A clear concise resume and volunteer / work experience are very important in helping intern candidates stand out from others.

  3. 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.

  4. Placements are only offered for the traditional academic year.  We do not provide field placements for students needing a night and / or a weekend schedule.  We do not provide field placements for students needing summer or extended year placements.

  5. The social work placement process is very competitive.  Not all applicants who apply will be offered an interview opportunity.

  6. We interview more students than we accept for field placement.  Having an interview does not guarantee that you will secure a field placement.

  7. There is no wait list.

Please contact your field office directly for an application. Students are encouraged to submit an application with an accompanying resume / CV to: mswstudentprogram@childrensnational.org

We will not be accepting applications after the deadline.  


For more information, please contact:                    Aimee Phipps, LICSW
                   MSW Field Internship Coordinatorand Supervisor
                   Department of Family Services
                   Children's National Medical Center
                   111 Michigan Ave NW
                   Washington, DC  20010
                   Email: mswstudentprogram@childrensnational.org
FAQs

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 first year MSW student.  Can I apply for an internship?

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

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

  • No there are no summer internships at this time.  There are no placements for extended year students.   

5. 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.

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

  • We do not offer an option to waitlist.

7. 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.  The Family Services Department does not staff social workers on the psychiatric unit. Only medical social work positions are available within the Family Services Department.