Field Education

Field Education

Social work education is intentional in its integration of classroom instruction with experiential learning. From the moment you start an MSW at BCSSW, you'll begin to gain real-world experience through a field practicum with an organization that complements your goals and passions.

Matching Process

The Boston College School of Social Work field education team will help you find your perfect match, working with you to complete an online application and fine-tune your resume so that it stands out to agencies. The team facilitates connections with agencies so you don’t need to find practicum experiences on your own.


The supervisor at your practicum will show you how to implement a social work perspective on a multidisciplinary team. Your advisor, an experienced MSW practitioner, will work with you and your supervisor to provide guidance during your practicum while sharing their perspective as a seasoned professional.

Credits & Schedule

Field Education courses—four in total—run concurrently with practice courses. During Year 1, you will work 16 hours per week on Monday and Tuesday, while taking classes Wednesday through Friday. During Year 2, you will work 24 hours per week on Monday through Wednesday, while taking classes on Thursday and Friday. 

By the Numbers


Partner agencies around the globe


Total hours of experiential learning in practicum (2022-23)

Weekly Schedule

During your first year of field education, you’ll spend two days every week at a human service provider—usually Monday and Tuesday—for a total of 16 hours per week, completing a minimum of 480 hours. This practicum sets the groundwork for your development as a social worker. With training and mentorship from a supervisor, you will learn the limitless ways in which a social worker can make an impact on the lives of others. 














You'll train 24 hours per week--usually Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday—completing a minimum of 720 hours during your second year. During this field education experience, you will build upon your practice skills and increased autonomy under the mentorship of a skilled and experienced supervisor. 













Agency Partners

Our students engage in direct social work practice in public schools, medical centers, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and a wide range of settings in the human services sector.



Advocates, Inc.

Boston Medical Center

Boston Public Schools

Brigham & Women's Hospital

Cambridge Health Alliance

Camp Harbor View

Carroll Center for the Blind

Catholic Charities

Catholic Relief Services

Children's Hospital


East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

Hope House, Inc.

Jesuit Refugee Service

Justice Resource Institute

MA Department of Mental Health

United Way

Veterans’ Administration Medical Centers

Wayside Youth and Family Support Network

Real-world Training

BCSSW students show up at agencies with a strong work ethic, a commitment to purposeful work, and a willingness to learn that sets them apart. Our agency partners consistently say that students receive excellent support and guidance from the Field team and our cohort of advisors—one reason many organizations maintain a consistent relationship with BCSSW. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Field Placement Process


Start here to find an impactful field placement that fits your interests.

Review Field Agency Database

Students at Boston College School of Social Work receive professional training from organizations throughout the Greater Boston area. Search current agencies by region, specialized practice method, practice type, and population. The agency listings represent the broad range of practicum opportunities available but are subject to change as staffing and programming change.

Field Agency Database

Application Instructions

  1. Have an electronic copy of your latest resume ready in Microsoft Word.
  2. Review the Message from the Assistant Dean of Field Education Sheet (PDF), which includes important considerations about the matching process and agency assignments. This sheet is also posted on the first page of the application.
  3. Answer all questions in the application, upload your resume, and click "Submit" before you log out or your answers will be lost.
  4. After you finish and submit the form, you will be emailed a confirmation receipt.
  5. You can log back in to your application to edit.


If you have questions, please contact the Field Education department at or 617-552-4027.



Review the message from the Assistant Dean of Field Education. It includes important considerations about the matching process and agency assignments. Your resume will be provided to agency personnel to review your experience and qualifications before an interview is scheduled.

Begin Field Practicum Application

I am endlessly grateful for the thought, time, and care my supervisor gave to my education and growth as a social worker and human. I will be referencing conversations and insight I gained this year for years and years to come, and I'm certain that big and small moments will take on new meaning as I continue to grow. I deeply respect the way that my supervisor centers relationships, restoration, liberation, and collaboration.
Anna, Current MSW Student

Meet the Field Education Team

Susan Coleman

Assistant Dean of Field Education

Sarah Hood

Assistant Director of Field Education

Joseph Mclaughlin

Assistant Director of Field Education

Matthew Orlando

Assistant Director of Field Education

Kenna Sullivan

Assistant Director of Field Education

Ximena Soto

Assistant Director of the Latinx Leadership Initiative (LLI)


Ready to make an impact on your community? 

Develop your skillset and advance your career with real-world training. 

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