Expanding perspectives through hands-on education and research with community organizations -- it's how our MSW students are empowered to affect real-world change before they even walk across the stage.
This video [2 mins] highlights students' reflections on their field experiences, particularly how their field educators guided them and helped them grow into aspiring social workers.
Our field work opportunities allow you to:
UB social work students can take advantage of the numerous partnerships the school enjoys with community agencies across Western and Central New York and northern Pennsylvania.
Students are matched to agencies for their foundation placement. For the advanced year placement, students can select a field setting that aligns with their educational and professional goals.
Field placements typically consist of 15 hours of work per week during the academic year and are completed over two semesters.
Our students have the freedom to choose to complete their field education requirements outside the region, and even abroad. A one-semester (or “block”) placement option is available in these circumstances.
Opportunities for award placements and for placements that include an enhanced curricular focus are also available.
Field placements in other countries or regions are developed by the field education staff in partnership with the student and an interested organization.
Field placement opportunities with an enhanced focus may include networking sessions, and classroom seminars. Some may also provide stipends or awards.
In most cases, placement opportunities require students to be present during traditional hours, when educational opportunities are most likely to be available. While we do our best to match students to agencies based on student feedback and interest areas, we are unable to guarantee students specific locations and/or alternative time requests.