The Catholic University of America

 

Dear Incoming MSW Student,    

On behalf of the Office of Field Education, we welcome you to the National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS). You are about to embark on a challenging and transformative course of study. We will do our best to ensure that your internship experiences meet both your expectations and our educational objectives.

During your MSW studies, you will have two 2-semester (fall – spring) internships. Information about our field program is available on-line at: http://ncsss.cua.edu/field.

 
Learn about field placement requirements (including information on employment-based internships), and the field placement application process before beginning to work on your field application. Please read all instructions carefully
 
Once you receive a referral letter via email, please call the contact person named in your letter to set up an interview. We ask you to do this even if you will not move to this area until late in the summer. If this is your situation, you may ask to have a phone interview, and then visit the agency when you arrive in August. If you do not hear from us within 2 weeks of emailing your field application, please contact us to confirm that Ms. Sola has received it.
 
Classes begin the week of August 27th. All foundation year students must attend our mandatory field orientation meeting, Building Your Social Work Toolkit, on Wednesday, Aug.  29th before beginning their field internships. (Exception: you may attend mandatory training or orientation in your field setting if this is offered before our Toolkit meeting). Foundation year MSW students are generally at their placements during regular working hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays, working 16 hours/week during the fall and spring semesters. Part-time students may sometimes arrange to intern 12 hours/week, interning at least 4 hours/day over an extended period of time.
 
As you read about our agencies, you will see that many require completion of some requirements (e.g. immunization record, medical exam, background check) before interns can begin. You can usually arrange for police clearance and fingerprinting  at your local police station. If you live locally, you can contact our Office of Public Safety and make an appointment to take care of this: 202-319-5111. Students are usually expected to pay for completion of these requirements.
 
We invite you to call (202-319-5457) or email if you have any questions. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Ellen F. Thursby, PhD, LICSW
Director of Field Education 
Allyson Shaffer, MSW, LICSW
Associate Director of Field Education
 

 

... the field office goes so over and above to try to meet everyone's needs."- MSW Student

Our location in D.C. means we have excellent field placements that you would not be able to get in other cities."
- MSW Student
I benefited from a one-on-one meeting with the Director in refining my choices and ensuring a match between my interests and agency options."
- MSW Student