Information and Resources for Current and Potential Agencies
We enjoy our partnerships with all of our field agency-based internship sites and welcome partnerships with new agencies. Our BSW and MSW graduates often share that their field internship is what they remember and treasure most about their Social Work education.
Becoming a Field Agency
Individuals usually become a field instructor (aka supervisor) by virtue of being employed in an approved field instruction agency where the NC State Social Work Department places students or by initiating a request for field instructor status and student placement. Field supervisors for MSW students should have MSW and 2 years of experience. Only in clinical setting is supervisor required to have LCSW. Field instructor for BSW students may have BSW or MSW and two years of experience.
In most field agencies, an individual is designated by the agency to communicate with the Social Work Department in reference to the identification and placement of students in that setting. Information about placement setting, the number of students an agency can accommodate, and identification of potential field instructors (supervisors) is communicated to the Social Work Department field coordinators. All students must interview with the agency to determine goodness of fit. The field coordinator will work with the agency field instructor and the student to determine best time for the interview. If the student and agency decide that it is a good fit the field instructor and student contact the field coordinator to finalize the process.