Internship and Field Education Requirements: Students complete the 50- hour SWRK - 301. Internship in Social Work in the fall semester of the junior year or by special arrangement with the department. Settings must be approved in advance by the Social Work Program. With prior permission of the Department, students may substitute PCST 480 or INSA 480 for SWRK 301. SWRK 301 is a pass/fail course. Students complete 400 hours of field education through SWRK - 410. Field Education I and SWRK - 420. Field Education II, taken during the fall and spring semesters of the senior year. Field education sites must be approved in advance by the Coordinator of Field Education. The Department does not assign a student to a site in which he/she is an employee. No credit is given for life/work experience. SWRK 410 and SWRK 420 are pass/fail courses.
Approval for Entry into Field Education: Because students work directly with consumers in field settings, the Department reviews the status of all students to ensure their readiness for admission into field education. Criteria for admission into field education are outlined in The Social Work Program Handbook and The Field Education Manual.
Academic Credit for Life or Work Experience: Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience is not given by the Social Work Program.
International Study Policy: Due to the sequential nature of the program’s curriculum and the need for students to complete the internship and field work requirements, students who wish to complete a semester of study abroad must do so prior to beginning the fall semester of their Junior year.
Withdrawal and Readmissions Policy: Social work students who withdraw from the college prior to completing requirements must reapply to the Social Work Program if they wish to complete the program at Siena at a later date.