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About Patient Care Services

Who We Are and Who We Serve

Massachusetts General Hospital is a Harvard Medical School affiliated, 900 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 socio-economic backgrounds who come from as close as greater Boston and as far as all over the world.

Our Internship Program

The Mass General Social Service Department is committed to training the next generation of social workers to offer compassionate, evidence-based, culturally-competent and patient-centered care.  Our internship/field placement program partners with some of the most respected graduate schools of social work in the nation to provide an exciting, challenging and supportive learning environment.

Field placements are available in a variety of settings, inpatient and outpatient, throughout the hospital. Typical placements may include inpatient adult medicine/surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, oncology, infectious disease/HIV, and intimate partner violence.

At Mass General nurse case managers provide discharge planning, enabling inpatient social workers to maintain a clinical focus on helping patients and families cope with illness and its 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, masters’ level social work student?
  • Are you a mature and self-motivated learner? 
  • Would you thrive in a large, busy medical center? 

If so, we may be the perfect setting for you.

Contact your graduate school’s field placement office for more information or to apply.



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