Internships: Field Practicum

Photo of a student at her internship siteField Practicum Refines Your Skills

Field practicum is an integral and essential component of the social work curriculum. Field practicum places students in agency settings and engages the student in supervised social work practice. It provides valuable opportunities to apply classroom learning in the field. Field coordinators are college or university social work faculty members with M.S.W. degrees and a minimum of two years work experience.

Learn From Experienced, Professional Personnel

The Council on Social Work Education (C.S.W.E.) mandates that social work programs establish minimum standards for field supervision and that supervisors are experienced social service agency personnel, preferably with a B.S.W. or M.S.W. degree. This formalized supervision results in consistently high standards of quality. Other undergraduate majors who have a field experience usually do not have formal, professional supervision.

Social work students at Plattsburgh State must complete a minimum of 450 supervised hours of field experience, along with a seminar. Through their field practicums, students refine their professional social work skills and integrate classroom course content with on-the-job experience in service provision, outreach, networking, and resource development.

Sara at Cumberland Head Elementary School says...

"My internship at CHES has been an amazing experience. I have had the great opportunity to work with students one on one, as well as in the classroom. This experience has given me the opportunity to develop many professional skills. I truly enjoyed working with the students and would recommend this experience to anyone."

Nurys & Zeletia at the Traumatic Brain Injury Center

"Interning at the TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) center has been an amazing experience for me. It has helped me to develop personally and professionally. The interaction among the staff and clients has enhanced my skills as a future Social Worker. As a graduating senior, I will truly miss everyone at the center, but the gift of friendship and knowledge that I have received at the TBI center I will carry on throughout my life." - Nurys Nuesi

Nicole & Norma at Literacy Volunteers

"The most important aspect of my internship at Literacy Volunteer of Clinton County is helping learners use their own resources to the fullest as they develop the skills to read and write. As I work one on one with learners, I begin to realize that their fullest potential comes from the growing confidence to strive." - Nicole Light

In addition to these internships, the field of social work in the North Country allows students to gain experience in some of the following placements as well:

  • School social work
  • Offenders
  • Victim's advocacy
  • Homelessness
  • Mental Health
  • Children's Issues
  • Substance abuse
  • Traumatic Brian Injury
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Domestic violence
  • Nursing homes
  • Aging services

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about social work at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Lynne Soine, Chairperson
Office: Ward 101
Phone: (518) 564-4174
Fax: (518) 564-4161
E-mail: soinel@plattsburgh.edu