MSW Students

SIG is one of 600 agencies that offers intensive field work training for MSW students at the Columbia School of Social Work. Each year, SIG hosts up to 6 MSW students to complete their required 21 hours per week of Field Education. Through the integration of class and field, students train to become clinicians, planners, administrators, policy practitioners, and researchers within a specific field of practice.

What kind of opportunities will I have?

Students will be introduced to the social intervention research process from conceptualization through to dissemination and may participate in tasks from any phase of this process.

Who will I work with?

You will collaborate with Faculty, project staff, doctoral students, and your peers.

How many projects can I be involved in?

It depends/varies. Students may be limited to one or two, or several depending on the project scope, need, and students’ interests and abilities

As an AGPP Student, what type of responsibilities would I have?

AGPP students placed at SIG participate in needs assessment, grant writing, all aspects of conducting the research, and dissemination of research findings to other scientists, service providers, and members of the target population. These are also seen as transferrable skills that can be used in service-based agencies.  Students may engage in literature review, grant development, proposal writing, assessment or intervention training and implementation, quality assurance, pilot study, data management, analysis and interpretation.  Quantitative and qualitative methods are engaged, projects take place in domestic and international settings

As an SEA student what type of responsibilities would I have?

SEA students placed at SIG have worked closely with SIG research and administrative officers to assess the utility and feasibility of existing systems of reporting and either refine and evolve or develop new systems for bookkeeping, human resources management, and fiscal reporting related to individual projects or to the agency as a whole.SEA students also work closely with supervisory staff around efficiency and effectiveness of system, procedures, and protocols; institutional policies and culture affecting ethical and diversity-related issues; and overall agency functioning and context that shapes the agency’s mission, goals, and objectives. SEA students interface with administrative officers from CSSW and the larger University.

What employment opportunities might SIG have for me or be able to help me find after graduation?

SIG projects are ongoing so there are sometimes openings during or at the end of the academic year.  Many students have taken positions at SIG following their internship.  SIG staff may also be aware of research projects at other local or regional social work or public health research offices to which they may refer you or make recommendation.