MSW Social Work 

Training Program

The Social Work Training Program is partnered with local GSSWs to s support evidence-based social work education, research, and practice. Together, we foster a supportive learning environment for academic, professional, and personal success.





Mission Statement

The mission of the MSW Intern committee is to assist with providing the highest quality of education opportunities for the next

Applicant Qualifications

  • U.S Citizens

  • Attending an Accredited Graduate School of Social Work.

  • Entering 2nd/Final year of Field Education Placement.  

  • Proficient in written and spoken English.

  • Background & Security Investigation required.

  • Pass pre-trainee physical examination.

  • Pass TB testing 

About VA BHS

The VA Boston Healthcare System (VA BHS) is the largest consolidated tertiary care center for the VA New England Healthcare System Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN). It encompasses three main campuses (Brockton, Jamaica Plain, and West Roxbury) and five community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) within a 40-mile radius of greater Boston.

The VA BHS MSW Training Program has academic affiliations with Boston College, Boston University, Simmons, Bridgewater State, and Salem State Schools of Social Work.  As a teaching facility, the VA BHS provides a full range of inpatient, residential, vocational and outpatient services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research.

The VA BHS provides the critical foundation upon which trainees build their expertise in social worker during their transitional year into professional practice.


  • Stipend for 500 hours of training

  • Train at the largest MSW training

  • program nationally

Program Structure

This is a 2nd year field placement. Traditional start, Aug-May.


Clinical rotations are supplemented with didactic sessions, Grand Rounds, Brown Bags and other learning experiences.


The program includes integrated didactic sessions monthly with Licensed Social Workers.


Clinical Rotations: Inpatient Psychiatry; Outpatient Psychiatry; Addiction Psychiatry; Psychiatric Emergency; Neurology; Substance Treatment Programs & Geropsychiatry; and more.


Trainees are assigned a Field Instructor to act as a resource and provide support as they transition to being an autonomous and competent social worker.


Upon successful completion of the training, a certificate of completion is awarded.


Candidates who successfully complete the training program will be given the opportunity to    apply to available vacancies at the VA BHS.

Application Procedure

  • Resume

  • Unofficial Transcripts

  • VHA Healthcare Interest Form

  •  Contact your Field Education Advisor at the affiliated school.

Any questions please contact:

Jocelyn Holguin, LICSW

Phone: 617-276-4581


Stephanie Saunders, LICSW

Phone: 774-826-3805
Program Co-Coordinator


Submission Process:


Your school Field Advisor will submit your documents on your behalf to:


Jocelyn Holguin , LICSW

Stephanie Saunders, LICSW




January 25

Applications are closed


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