Fall 2021 Reopening Plans
We will reopen our campuses for classes, activities, and residential living in Fall 2021. Find the latest information on our Fall 2021 Plan page.

Fall 2021 Plan: Internships & Field Placements

Field-based learning experiences (field training, internship, practicum, and pre-practicum), are an important part of many Lesley University programs. At Lesley, we are committed to our students’ academic progression, and to protecting the health and safety of the Lesley community. With the improving, yet still evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we expect to have a mix of in-person and remote placements in the fall.

We have worked to provide you with options for internships that recognize the changing needs across different programs, our partner organizations, and individual student needs.

While planning for internships and placements in the fall, in addition to the Lesley University vaccination requirement, we encourage students to understand health-related requirements and regulations at their placement sites.

This page contains guidelines for internships in various program areas. The term “internship” throughout this web page refers to all field-based experiences.

Licensure Programs

Find internship and field experience guidance for licensure programs in Education, Mental Health Counseling, and Social Work.

  • Education

    Education program (undergraduate and graduate) internships (including practicum and pre-practicum) will follow the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) guidelines as they continue to be updated.

    Plans and protocols for in-person, hybrid, and remote learning are continuously evolving at the school and district levels, and you should work with your Supervising Practitioner, the Field Experience Office, and your program supervisor to be sure you understand, and are comfortable with, the protocols for your planned placement.

    Regardless of the practicum format (in-person, hybrid, or remote), candidates must demonstrate proficiency on the Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP) to complete their practicum successfully. If you have concerns about your ability to engage in experiences in your practicum that support the development of this proficiency, please reach out to your Program Supervisor, Seminar Instructor, and/or the Field Experience Office as soon as possible.

    Questions? Contact:

    • Education, Undergraduate
      Cheryl Haberman, Director of Undergraduate Field Placement

    • Education, Graduate
      Christina Jache, Director of Graduate Field Placement

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor

    This includes graduate Expressive Therapies and Counseling and Psychology programs. 

    Internships for mental health programs which prepare students for licensure may occur in remote telehealth, hybrid, or in-person settings.

    Students engaging in remote or hybrid placements must participate in training and orientations provided by the site about telehealth practices. Students will also determine with their site supervisor a protocol for emergency engagement of the supervisor (depending on individual site needs). Students are responsible for advocating for themselves should their training not meet educational, training, and safety needs. Students should work with their site supervisor, campus supervisor, and field training office for assistance.

    Questions? Contact:

  • Social Work

    Social Work students should collaborate with the Social Work Field Director and the field site to devise a clear plan for individualized field placement experiences. 

    This plan will include experiential learning through simulations, virtual, in-person, and/or hybrid client contact and projects, as well as specific steps to promote personal and client safety. Students must participate in training and orientations provided by the site including all telehealth, safety, and supervision practices and protocols. Students are responsible for advocating for themselves and raising concerns to the field director should their training not be meeting educational, professional, or safety needs.

    Questions? Contact:

  • All Licensure Programs

    Internships associated with Massachusetts licensure programs in Education, Licensed Mental Health Counseling, or Social Work may have additional requirements, which field training offices will communicate to students in those programs.

    Students seeking licensure outside of Massachusetts should review the Lesley University Licensure and Credentialing web page and the respective PDFs on that page for your program. Contact the licensing board for the state in which you are located (links provided in the program documents), or interested in practicing in, to determine if the program meets the educational requirements for licensure and for additional state-specific guidance about licensure during COVID-19.

Non-Licensure Programs

Find guidance for non-licensure undergraduate programs and the Threshold program.

At Lesley, we are committed to the success of our students and experiential learning. Our field training and internship staff will work with students individually to answer questions and address concerns for an enriching and engaging internship experience.

  • Undergraduate (Non-Licensure)

    This includes the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the College of Art & Design.

    Summer and Fall internships may be offered in a variety of formats based on our partners' needs. The internship office will strive to support in-person or hybrid internships that follow COVID-19 guidelines and meet College of Liberal Arts & Sciences or College of Art & Design academic standards.

    Questions? Contact:

  • Threshold

    We anticipate resuming in-person internships at Threshold beginning Fall 2021. These placements will be available to current students and alumni.

    Questions? Contact:

    Krista DiGregorio
    Director of Alumni and Employment Services


Considerations for Students

As you consider your participation in an internship for Fall 2021, please be aware of the following: 

  • Student Options
    • The decision to participate in an in-person or hybrid internship is voluntary and your decision. Lesley will not require you to participate in an in-person or hybrid experience in Fall 2021. Your choices related to internships, however, may impact graduation progression. We encourage you to stay in regular touch with the Internship team and your advisor about your internship and graduation plans.
    • If you prefer an online or remote option, you should discuss alternate assignments with your field training office.   
  • Health Risks
    • All Lesley students will be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination which minimizes but does not eliminate risk. Learn more about our immunization requirements.
    • Risk during an in-person or hybrid internship can arise from exposure to infectious diseases, including COVID-19. COVID-19 is a contagious, and at times fatal, disease which presents unique health risks, especially to those with underlying conditions, and there may be other risks not known or reasonably foreseeable. For information on the risks associated with COVID-19, and other COVID-19 information, including safety precautions, you can visit the COVID-19 web page of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can also visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ COVID-19 web page for information.
    • There remains a risk of COVID-19 exposure or transmission at any internship site. Lesley makes no promises or guarantees about the safety of an internship site and cannot control the risks of contracting COVID-19 at internship sites. Internship sites are responsible for health and safety conditions and protocols at the site. Contracting COVID-19 is possible even if you follow all safety precautions recommended by the internship site, the CDC, or local, state, and federal public health authorities. If you choose to participate in an in-person or hybrid experience, you are assuming the risks associated with possible exposure to or transmission of COVID-19 at the site.
    • You are encouraged to seek and obtain information and advice that you feel is necessary or appropriate from your health care providers if you are considering an in-person or hybrid internship.   
    • You are responsible for monitoring your own health and may not go to your internship site if you are not feeling well, have any COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone who has or is suspected of having COVID-19, or have recently been in a high-risk state. For information about symptoms and high-risk states/regions, please visit the COVID-19 webpage of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ COVID-19 webpage. Please check with your internship site about the site’s protocols. 
  • Site Protocols
    • You must follow the protocols at your site, including requirements on vaccination, social distancing, wearing masks or face coverings, using personal protective equipment, handwashing, virus testing, providing information about recent travel, daily symptom attestation, staying home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms, and other requirements. Please be sure to request and review these protocols. We advise you to discuss any questions relating to site protocols with a supervisor at your site. 
    • Your internship site may require you to receive a COVID-19 vaccination or COVID-19 testing to participate and you may have to arrange for vaccination or testing. If you require vaccination or testing before you begin/continue your internship, we encourage you to visit a vaccination or testing site in your area. Access information about vaccination and testing in Massachusetts on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' COVID-19 webpage.
    • Sometimes, an internship site will require Lesley to enter into an agreement (in addition to the Lesley form of agreement) with the site before you are permitted to start your internship. Although these additional agreements are often acceptable to Lesley, on occasion there are provisions that Lesley and the site cannot agree to, in which case the Field Training Office will assist you in identifying options.
    • Internship/field sites may have their own required agreements before allowing students to proceed with in-person, hybrid, or remote internships. If you are not able to agree to these requirements, you will need to find an alternate site.
  • Changes During the Internship/Field Placement

    In-person or hybrid internships/field placements may be impacted by COVID-19 in unpredictable ways, such as cancellation, suspension, or delay of all or part of the internship, transition of all or part of the internship to an online format, transfer of all or part of the internship to another site, or other measures.

    Lesley’s Field Training and Internship Offices will support you to review and understand your options if changes occur during the internship. While Lesley cannot guarantee new internship placements in case of a change to the original placement, our staff will assist you to understand any potential impact on your program completion.

  • Questions and Concerns

    If you encounter anything which concerns you during an internship, or if you are uncertain as to a safe way to undertake an internship activity, we encourage you to ask questions, seek instructions, and contact a supervisor at the internship site, your university supervisor/instructor, and your field training/internship office at Lesley:

    Undergraduate Non-Licensure

    Counseling & Psychology


    Expressive Therapies

    Social Work

    Threshold Program

    General DESE Licensure Questions

    You may also contact Jennifer Serowick, Lesley’s Associate Provost, 617.349.8651 or serowick@lesley.edu