Sample Weekly Schedule – Social Work Internship and Field Placement (Master’s Level)

Below is an approximation of a “typical” training week for both the Field Placement / Internship levels of Training at the Master’s Level. Schedules may vary depending on the trainee’s progress and specific needs, and may vary week to week. Trainees’ schedules may be modified depending on the time of the year, completion of activities or seminars, and with respect to any specialized focus, and any systemic changes in the Center.

Field Placement / Internship:

Trainees will typically work 24 hours a week over the course of their field placement to meet the hours requirements for their individual programs of study. Schedules will be established at the beginning of each semester. Trainees’ schedules will be influenced by space availability, academic course, and personal commitments. This will more than meet the hours required by your program and will prepare trainees to advance into their Internship experience.

Direct Services Activities: Hours Per Week
Intakes (Personal, Academic & Career) 1 – 2
Individual   Counseling Follow-Ups 10 +
Outreach Programming 0 – 1
Group Counseling 1 – 2
Observing Senior Staff 0 – 5
Total Direct Service: 12 – 15
Training – Supervision Activities:
Individual Supervision (on site) 1
Group Supervision 1
Training Seminar Topics 1
Supervision of Group Counseling 0 – 1
Total Training & Supervision: 3 – 4
Administrative Activities:
Clinical Notes  & Paperwork 1 – 5
Preparation for Supervision 1
Outreach Preparation 0 – 2 (As needed)
Staff Meeting 0 – 1
Professional Development 0 – 2
Total Administrative: 2 – 10
Approximate Totals: 24 +/-

Please Note: More hours are spent in observing initially, and these hours are replaced by increasing individual counseling appointments as training progresses.

We expect all trainees to take a lunch break when appropriate (when full or most of day is worked). Self-care is essential for a positive and successful training experience.  Also, trainees are not able to see students after the Center is closed, unless the supervisor has agreed to remain and be available. This does not include educational outreach presentations which may be scheduled after-hours.