First-in-the-nation hospital social service department; established 1905
In the early 1900s, the social work movement in America created many programs and services that we largely take for granted today. Early social workers recognized that poverty and lack of education could exacerbate illness, and were crusaders for social equality.
Massachusetts General Hospital is a Harvard Medical School-affiliated, 999-bed academic medical center, located in the heart of Boston. The Social Service Department was founded in 1905 and is the first hospital-based social service department in the country.
We serve patients and families of all ages with diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds who come from greater Boston and all over the world. We are dedicated to ensuring a learning environment that is safe, accessible, inclusive and welcoming.
Our Graduate Internship Program
The Mass General Social Service Department is committed to training the next generation of social workers to offer clinically excellent, compassionate, evidence-based, culturally competent and patient-centered care.
Our internship/field placement program partners with some of the highly respected graduate schools of social work to provide an exciting, challenging and supportive learning environment.
Field placements are available in inpatient and outpatient settings. Typical placements may include inpatient adult medicine/surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, oncology and the HAVEN program (intimate partner abuse).
At Mass General social workers and interns maintain a clinical focus on helping patients and families cope with illness, injury, treatment and their effects.
We offer interns a variety of learning opportunities, including:
- Thorough hospital and social service-specific orientation
- Individual supervision
- Group supervision
- Clinical practice seminars
- Monthly Social Work Grand Rounds taught by experts from many fields
- Access to many other learning opportunities offered throughout our dynamic, world-class teaching institution
Is this program right for you? Are you:
- a second-year, master's level social work student?
- a mature and self-motivated learner?
- interested in medical social work in a large, busy teaching hospital?
If so, we may be the perfect setting for you.
Contact your graduate school’s field placement office for more information or to apply.
Participating schools of social work:
Service Areas and Programs
Social work services are available across the hospital, including all inpatient floors and many outpatient clinics.