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Field Experience

Social Change and Innovation students complete 1,000 hours of hands-on training, which amounts to 16-20 hours per week in the traditional field placement format. A select number of students also have the opportunity to participate in a full-time field placement (block placement).

Sample field locations include:

  • Businesses
  • Behavioral & Mental Health Providers
  • Community Organizations
  • Entertainment Organizations
  • Foundations
  • Government Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Housing Development Agencies
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Organizational Change Departments
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Veterans Services

Your Field Experience in Social Change and Innovation
Tory Cox, clinical associate professor for field education at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, explains what students can expect from their field experience when they pursue their MSW in the Social Change and Innovation department.

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Read more about our field placement requirements and opportunities as part of the  Master of Social Work curriculum.