You’ll complete two field placements—one in the foundational year and the second in the advanced year. The first focuses on basic social work skills, and the second explores more in-depth development of skills and allows you to focus on your chosen concentration and specialization in a practical context.

Work with the field education specialist to identify placement sites that match your professional goals and interests.

More than 500 human service and social change organizations provide internships and training opportunities for Social Work students. International opportunities include a partnership with Erfurt University in Germany and educational travel to Cuba and other locations.


Graduates take on roles like

  • community organizers,
  • counselors,
  • managers and
  • program designers.

They have found positions in fields as various as

  • adoption support,
  • child protection,
  • hospice care,
  • mental health counseling and
  • substance abuse.

Alumni have gone to work at organizations including the

Career Services

As a Temple student, you can also visit the University’s Career Center for support during your job or internship search. Drop in for a short visit or schedule a 30-minute coaching session to discuss components of your professional profile, including your résumé and LinkedIn presence.

Career services can provide

Learn more about Temple’s Career Center.


Career opportunities and mid-career salaries for the Master of Social Work (MSW) may include the following examples.


Median Salary*

Child, Family, & School Social Workers


Counseling Psychologists


Healthcare Social Workers




Marriage & Family Therapists


Mental Health & Substance Abuse Social Workers


Patient Representatives


Psychiatric Technicians


Social & Human Service Assistants


Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors


* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).