The Integration of Classroom and Practice
Field education, also known as practicum or internship, provides students with critical opportunities to apply theories, concepts, and skills learned in the classroom to actual practice. A hallmark of social work education, field education also provides students with hands-on opportunities to serve populations or experience practice settings of interest to them.
Carroll's MSW program takes an individualized and developmental approach to field education. We work closely with students to explore populations, social problems, or practice settings of interest to them. Our Director of Field Education, Molly Molloy, then works closely with each student to identify a field education placement that offers them an outstanding learning experience. After being placed in their internship, students are supported by their field instructor and faculty field liaison as they work to demonstrate social work learning competencies identified by the Council on Social Work Education.
Given Montana's incredible need for clinical social workers, Carroll's MSW program has partnered with provider organizations to develop intensive social work fellowship experiences. These opportunities represent a new level of coordination between social work education programs and community-based providers.
A defining characteristic of these fellowships experiences is that internships lead to full-time, paid employment upon graduation. Additionally, students will receive support from organizations and the MSW program as they work to obtain their clinical social license, a process that minimally takes two years in Montana. To support student fellows, agencies may offer paid internship placements, tuition assistance, flexible schedules, housing, and more.
Agencies currently offering fellowship opportunities are listed below, but we continue to develop similar opportunities with other organizations. If you want to learn more about a fellowship opportunity with one of these organizations or know of an organization that is interested in partnering with us, please contact our director of field education, contact Molly Molloy. If you are interested in learning more about these organizations, visit each organization's website below.