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Boston College School of Social Work
From the Field:

Vivian Pham at Dana-Farber

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Second-year MSW student Vivan Pham is placed in Dana-Farber's Office of Workforce Development, which sits in the Department of Human Resources; she is the first ever graduate social work intern placed in this particular office. Read more on the Blog »

From the Field:
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Geoffrey Cushner, MSW '05, is Director of Case Management Services at Centro, which provides the point of contact for the growing population of refugees in the central parts of the Commonwealth.  Read more on the Blog »

From the Field:
Brian Gonsalves, MSW '92

Boston Green Academy

Brian Gonsalves, MSW '92, is responsible for addressing “anything that happens outside of the classroom in order to ensure success within it.” In short, he works to manage student behaviors that may get in the way of learning.  Read more on the Blog »




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DOVE "believes that all people have the right to live without fear of abuse" and works to provide support services to survivors of domestic and dating violence. Read more on the Blog »

Photo of student expressing appreciation for her field supervisor at Mary Mason Event.

Field Education

Field Education is the cornerstone of the Boston College School of Social Work curriculum and where the integration of learning happens. It provides opportunities for students to apply classroom knowledge in actual practice situations with individuals, families, and groups, within communities and organizations. Field Education offers:

  • direct service delivery and intensive "hands on" exposure to develop a professional social work identity
  • an apprenticeship with an experienced supervisor, who provides mentoring and preparation for a career in social work
  • a student cohort that gives more than 250,000 hours annually in service to the community in Boston and around New England

The Field Education curriculum is structured to provide a varied, individualized, practical learning experience for each student. Students will develop an understanding of the professional roles and responsibilities of the social work profession over the course of two practicum assignments, each at a separate agency.

The Foundation Year placement is designed to familiarize students with the basic knowledge, skills, and values of social work. The Advanced Year placement is based on the student's selected concentration (Children, Youth & Families; Global Practice; Health & Mental Health; Older Adults & Families) and will build on those foundational experiences, with increased autonomy and complexity in the assigned cases and projects.

After the completion of a Field Placement Application, each practicum is chosen from a variety of settings, geographic locations, and populations, based on each student's experience and goals. The matching process is facilitated by Field Education Specialists at Boston College School of Social Work. They discuss student interests and abilities and then identify an agency that will be the best learning experience, initiating the selection process. See the Field Agency Database for an overview of the possible agency matches.

Field Education Staff

BCSSW Field Education Serves Greater Boston

Each year, more than 500 BCSSW students provide upwards of 300,000 hours of service, while gaining a unique perspective on the world in which they will work following graduation, through apprenticeship, mentoring, and on the ground experience. Read more on the Blog »

Contact Us

BCSSW Field Education
School of Social Work
Boston College
McGuinn 204C
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467