Employers & Agency Partners

Employers & Agency Partners

We pride ourselves on the range and quality of agencies we team with to provide our students with an outstanding education in social work. We’re also continuously seeking opportunities to pair our talented students with employers’ needs, and we welcome new partners to join the more than 1,000 agencies with which we have relationships.

Students emerge prepared to address today’s most pressing social problems—98% of our graduates enjoy employment within a year after graduation.

For Employers

Partnerships

The Career Services Office is interested in partnering with employers to address your recruiting needs. Some of the ways we can work together include recruitment fairs, job listings, and employer visits. Please email Career Services or call 617-552-4035 to discuss how we can develop an ongoing plan to meet your organization's hiring needs.

Program Overview

MSW students at Boston College School of Social Work focus in clinical or macro practice and specialize in a concentration that combines two years of field work, skills-based advanced policy, and practice courses in these specific areas: Children, Youth, and Families; Global Practice; Health; Mental Health; and Older Adults and Families.

BCSSW also offers three dual degrees (MSW/MBA, MSW/JD, and MSW/MA in Theology and Ministry) and nine certificate options (Child Welfare; Latino Leadership; Management; Neuroscience and Social Work; Policy and Community Organizing; Refugees and Immigrants; School Social Work; Trauma; and Veterans and Military Families). 

Latinx Leadership Initiative

Looking for bilingual, culturally aware job candidates? To better prepare students to work with this diverse population, Boston College School of Social Work established a Latinx Leadership Initiative (LLI) program within the MSW program. The LLI bolsters students' linguistic and cultural competencies to work with Latino communities in the U.S. and abroad. A set of foundation and method courses are taught in Spanish.

BC Social Services Recruitment Fair

The School of Social Work and Lynch School Counseling Program have combined efforts to better serve employers looking to connect with a diverse and talented group of students and alumni committed to social service careers. Through the Social Services Recruitment Fair, employers can engage with students and alumni from our MSW and MA in Mental Health Counseling programs.

The 2019 Recruitment Fair will take place on April 5, 2019, 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. in the Yawkey Center. For more information about registering, please contact sswcareerservices@bc.edu.

Jobs Listings

Employer Visit

If you are interested in coming to campus to hold an information session or interviews, please contact the Career Services Office.

Contact Us

Boston College School of Social Work
Cindy Snell, Director, Career Services and Alumni Relations
McGuinn Hall 106L
Phone: 617-552-4035 | Fax: 617-552-3666 | Email: cindy.snell@bc.edu

Field Agency Partnership

Boston College School of Social Work takes great pride in the wide range of agencies with which we affiliate, in order to provide students with an outstanding practical education in social work. Please consider providing a Field Education experience for our students. Contact us at swfield@bc.edu to talk with us about the benefits and requirements. We look forward to including you in our educational community.

The Field Education Fact Sheet (PDF) explains the requirements for supervision, hours, and schedule, as well as the support and services offered to supervisors for their efforts.

The Placement Availability Form (PDF) enables us to get a picture of your agency and its services. If your agency becomes affiliated with our school, this information will be posted on a database of agencies so that students can familiarize themselves with the opportunities available to them.

Field Supervisors

Field supervisors become mentors in this apprenticeship model of education. Field supervisors are primarily responsible for developing a field educational plan and providing ongoing supervision and consultation to the student. They are also charged with orienting the student to the profession of social work and to the context in which their agency provides services.

Responsibilities of the Field Supervisor include the following:

  • Provide regularly scheduled, weekly supervision
  • Work with the student to meet Field Education requirements, such as the learning contract, process recordings, etc.
  • Provide an appropriate variety and number of assignments
  • Complete a written evaluation at the end of each semester
  • Consult with the BCSSW Field Advisor as needed, and meet with them at least once a semester to assess student performance  

Supervisor Training and Support

Seminar in Field Instruction
Field Supervisors, especially new ones, are invited to participate in our Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI). The seminar is offered free of charge to supervisors with students in the current academic year and provides 16 CEUs after successful completion. It meets eight times over the course of the academic year: five in the fall semester and three in the spring semester. The seminar combines a didactic presentation with group discussion. Supporting materials are made available online through Boston College's Canvas learning system.

To register for SIFI, complete the registration form and email it to swfield@bc.edu or complete this Google form. Class size is limited to 20 per class.

Member schools of the New England Consortium of Graduate Field Education Directors (NECON) offer SIFI and other workshops throughout the year. If you are unable to attend SIFI at Boston College, you may take one offered at another New England school of social work. See the NECON website for the complete program schedule. Contact each school directly to register.

Other Workshops
Boston College Continuing Education, in collaboration with the School of Social Work, offers continuing education workshops and courses throughout the year. Invitations to register for the workshops are sent to agency contacts, and some are offered free of charge in appreciation for the training of BCSSW students.

Field Supervisors Appreciation

The Field Education office annually invites supervisors and their interns to the Mary Mason Appreciation Breakfast. Named in honor of Mary A. Mason, BC Social Work's longest-serving Director of Field Education, the event is an opportunity to thank supervisors for their significant contribution to students' professional development and education.

Contact Us

Boston College School of Social Work 
Field Education
McGuinn Hall 204C
617-552-4027 | swfield@bc.edu