As part of its commitment to professional education, the Department of Social Work Programs has provided internships for Master’s level social work students for over 40 years. Currently, we serve as a field placement for students from Columbia University and New York University. Students are supervised by our experienced social workers and training is aligned with the educational goals of professional schools of social work. A breadth of opportunities is available related to direct practice as well as programmatic learning. Students may elect work with specific populations, support, education, and community based programs, and in our ambulatory care center. Our student internship program is an integral part of the department, with students actively participating in many learning opportunities, including our Social Work Journal Club, Complex Case Conference, Staff Meetings, and specialized trainings offered throughout the academic year. Students interested in applying for internship opportunities should contact their school’s field work offices.
Volunteer opportunities are available in the Department of Social Work Programs in a variety of roles. Volunteers may assist social workers by identifying patient needs, providing peer support to patients and community members with specific health concerns, educating patients on insurance related information, assisting with clerical and administrative tasks, and participating in program events or special projects, among other responsibilities.
Volunteers may be eligible for school credit as arranged with their high school or college. We frequently partner with LaGuardia Community College and Hunter College, as well as other area schools. You may contact us directly with an identified interest. Additional information may be obtained by contacting HSS’s Volunteer Department directly at 212.606.1228.