Learn more about the NASW-NYS field placement

Social work students at the BSW and MSW level can complete their required field practicum at the NYS Chapter through a remote placement. NASW-NYS provides a unique macro experience tailored around the discipline and specialization of the student, the focus of the association, and requirements of the social work program. We are committed to providing new and challenging experiences in an effort to maximize student learning.

Internships are tailored to the student

NASW-NYS works to ensure that students are matched with positions that align with their professional and personal development goals through the application and interview process. During the interview, and throughout the field placement, staff and interns will continually engage in conversation about student interests and goals and identify ways to incorporate them into the internship. This placement provides an opportunity to define the students own objectives and take action to accomplish them. Interns must be self-driven and motivated, able to direct their own work with little oversight, and an efficient worker in a remote environment.

Support and Assessment

Interns and staff engage in at least two weekly morning check ins to discuss tasks, ask questions, and connect as a cohort. In addition to an hour of weekly supervision with the field supervisor, interns also meet with their task supervisor at least one time per week. The intern cohort will also define agenda items for group supervision offered throughout the semester, with topics ranging from resume writing, navigating workplace power dynamics, self-care, and burnout. Assessments will take place as determined by the school of social work.

Orientation & Job Training

During their first week of placement, interns are provided with a group orientation covering NASW membership and services, NYS Chapter initiatives and governance, and other topics that will assist in getting started. Each student also has a one-on-one orientation to their position and receives regular check ins with their task manager and supervisor. An internship with the NYS Chapter is self-directed, and success is defined by the student intern’s investment in their work.

Social work field practicum students will have the opportunity to explore:

Advocacy & Policy Development
Administrative Social Work
Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppressive Interventions
Community Support and Development
Professional Development and Training
Grassroots Organization
Nonprofit Management and Leadership
Volunteer Management

Application & Interview Process

1) Submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to info.naswnys@socialworkers.org. The cover letter should indicate which position(s) the candidate is applying for with subject line ‘NASW-NYS Intership Application’.

2) Students selected for the first round of interviews will be asked to complete a live writing exercise and submit a biographical form.

3) Students aligned with the positions for which they applied will be asked to complete a second interview.

NASW-NYS Community Organizing and Program Evaluation Intern

1 Placement Available

This position contributes to the coordination, planning, and delivery of monthly Social Work Student Series events and organizing monthly meetings with the Student Leadership Committee. This position includes gathering and analyzing continuing education program data to develop annual Continuing Education Program Evaluation Report. In addition, this intern will assist in other engagement opportunities with social workers throughout the state, such as assisting in organizing and facilitating town hall discussions, and helping to prepare for NASW-NYS’s annual advocacy day, Capitol Action Day.

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Membership and Social Engagement Intern

1 Placement Available

This position focuses social work community support, development and engagement. The intern will collaborate with Director of Operations and volunteer leadership to develop and implement events, resources, and other supports for members, non-members and social work stakeholders.

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Past Interns

We always say that every end is not goodbye but a see you again! Here are the previous interns who we are sure to see again. A special thank you to the 2023-2024 interns.

Angelo Catalano
MSW Intern 2023-2024
University at Albany

Christina Levine
MSW Intern 2023-2024
Stony Brook University

Jacob Schoff
MSW Intern 2023-2024
University at Albany