Field education teaches students to apply the theory and knowledge learned in the classroom to social work practice in agency settings. You’ll work directly through human service agencies—with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
All internships are assigned by the field education department, and you’ll be expected to comply with the policies and procedures of the department as noted in the Field Work handbook (PDF).
Your liaison is a personal guide in your field placement.
Clear answers for common questions.
Documents and Forms
Forms to guide and document the field placement process.
Agency Requests for Students
We have a long, positive history of student field placements.
Field Instruction Calendar
Important dates and deadlines for your field education
Field Education Workshops for Field Instructors
Field educators can grow professionally at Adelphi.
We are affiliated with more than 1,000 human service agencies throughout the New York metropolitan region, including, but not limited to:
Field instruction begins in September and continues through the January intersession (though many students do not attend classes during intersession). Evening hour assignments are available, but all students are required to be available for a minimum of one full day or two half days during weekday hours (Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.).
While completing your internship, you must:
Here are some other responsibilities to consider. You are responsible for:
For us to secure your placement in the field education program, the Adelphi University School of Social Work requires a formal application and documentation process for every student. If you’re interested in a particular placement, you may provide the field department with the agency name, and we’ll contact the agency directly to discuss the possibility of an internship placement.
Before you apply for your field placement, you must:
Once you’ve applied and an agency has been identified, you’ll be notified by the department to set up a confirmation interview with the agency.
After the interview, if your placement is confirmed, you will receive an assignment letter via email. The letter will also be copied to the agency, your field instructor and your liaison. This letter provides all contact information for the above-mentioned parties, as well as the start and end date for field placement.
Undergraduate social work students are assigned to different field placements in their junior and senior years. The junior year requires a minimum of 200 hours for the year and will focus on varied social work methods, client populations and service delivery systems. An assignment will also support the integration of beginning practice skills and an introduction to the social work profession. Your senior year placement requires a minimum of 400 hours and will emphasize developing practice skills for work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
In your foundation year field placement, you’ll complete a minimum of 600 hours of field instruction with an emphasis on developing foundation practice skills. In your advanced year field placement, you’ll also complete a minimum of 600 hours of field instruction in advanced, direct social work practice.
Advanced standing students come in to the program with a B.S.W. and are required to do the following:
One-Year Residency (OYR) students already have significant work experience in the field under the supervision of an LMSW or LCSW. They’re required to: