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Fieldwork Opportunities - Orange County

Seneca Orange County has a long history of providing fieldwork placements for graduate students working on their Master's in Social Work (MSW interns), Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT trainees) and PCC trainees. In addition, undergraduate students from the field of social work, social ecology, and health and human services are also considered for limited internship opportunities.  The Fieldwork Program at Seneca Orange County matches students with qualified supervising clinicians in programs of the students' interests.  In the Fieldwork Program, the fieldwork students gain first-hand experience providing direct, therapeutic care to children and families in the community, Seneca treatment clinics, and after school care.  All fieldwork students attend a one week basic training that serves as an orientation to the agency, the population we serve, plus the students receive a variety of topical trainings throughout the year.
Graduate Fieldwork Placements follow a standard school year schedule beginning in the fall and ending in the spring/early summer.  First year students are required to work at least 16 hours per week and second year students are required to work at least 16 hours per week and second year students are required to work 20-24 hours per week.  Exact schedules are decided on with the supervising clinician according to the students’ availability and the program’s needs. Undergraduate Internships require a commitment of at least 10 hours a week with preferred length of internship to be 6 months or more.  Due to the sensitive needs of the kids and families we serve, we ask that students assist in providing a healthy transition into and out of our kids and families lives. Exact schedules are decided on with the supervising staff according to the students’ availability and the program’s needs.

Students are provided with the following opportunities:

  • An intensive orientation to Seneca’s population served, values, philosophy, and practice at the beginning of their fieldwork placement.
  • An opportunity to conduct hands-on fieldwork.
  • Training and supervision focused on the Seneca treatment model.
  • Multiple and varying training opportunities presented on a wide range of topics applicable to working with children and their families.
  • Weekly supervision provided by a Seneca Clinician with an appropriate degree or license.
  • Weekly group supervision when applicable to the student’s fieldwork agreement.
  • Be part of an agency dedicated to helping provide permanent families to allow the children to thrive.


As of February 1, 2020, Seneca begins accepting applications for the 2020-2021 fieldwork year. We will continue accepting applications until all positions are filled.
To apply, please:
1. Submit an online application with the following attachments: Cover Letter, Resume and completed Fieldwork Matching Form.
2. Select Fieldwork Placement as the employment category to ensure your application is sent to Seneca’s fieldwork coordinator. 

Undergraduate Students: To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to fieldworkprogram@senecacenter.org.
All students must pass a background check, TB and fingerprint clearances. A one-week intensive orientation training must be completed prior to the start of the semester or quarter.