The number of stipends varies in any given year and are only
granted to interns in their advanced year. Students should select
the VA as their advanced year placement. The stipends are
competitively awarded to accepted applicants. The stipend amount is
The Veterans Health Administration recommends that all interns
take a graduate level psychopathology course prior to MSW program
Some Veterans Health Administration programs require interns to
have taken Psychopathology at the graduate level prior to
placement. These include: Mental Health Intake and Evaluation Unit,
Mental Health Clinic, Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program and
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Programs. Placements in the Day
Treatment Center and Healthcare for Homeless Veterans require that
Psychopathology be taken prior to placement or during the first
semester of the advanced year.
Males born after 1959 need to have registered for the Selective
Interns who served in the U.S. Military must have been
If an intern is not a citizen, the Medical Center director must
approve that person for an internship. Non-citizens are not
eligible for a stipend.
All interns will need to have a background check and security
clearance prior to starting their internship.
A negative PPD test within the last year, or, for a positive
PPD test, a health statement that indicates the student is
asymptomatic is required.
A negative chest x-ray or a health statement that indicates
that the student is presently asymptomatic.
Proof of Hepatitis B vaccine series or declination of
Proof of Td (Tetanus-diphtheria) booster within 10 years.
Proof of immunity against measles (Rubcola) and German measles
Joining Forces–UB is a one-of-a-kind program for
students who want to make a positive impact on U.S. veterans and
military families. In alignment with the national “Joining
Forces” initiative, students in UB’s nationally
recognized social work and nursing programs get specialized
training and instruction in veteran and military family care.