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.
Partner agencies around the globe
Total hours of experiential learning in practicum (2022-23)
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.
Boston Medical Center
Boston Public Schools
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Cambridge Health Alliance
Camp Harbor View
Carroll Center for the Blind
Catholic Relief Services
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
Hope House, Inc.
Jesuit Refugee Service
Justice Resource Institute
MA Department of Mental Health
Veterans’ Administration Medical Centers
Wayside Youth and Family Support Network
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.
Start here to find an impactful field placement that fits your interests.
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.
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.
“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.”
Develop your skillset and advance your career with real-world training.