As the world gets more inter-connected, social workers are increasingly bringing their unique skills, flexible approaches to problem solving, and values of social justice and empowerment to international settings.
The School of Social Work has tackled this international dimension in part by developing field placements outside the United States. In addition to the integration of theory and practice that is at the core of any field experience, students in international placements are fully immersed in a different culture and have to learn to navigate systems sometimes radically different to those at home. Read about student experiences in international field placements here.
Featured Student Experience: South Africa
Since 2008 the School has placed MSSW and BSW students in agencies in South Africa. Students selected for these field placements have the opportunity to work in areas such as child welfare, substance abuse treatment, and community advocacy and development. These are the reflections from MSSW students who were in South Africa during Spring 2013:
The scope of projects that I was part of varied from helping a local NGO develop their monitoring and evaluation system, to strategic planning for and evaluation of a national government social development program, to evaluating the impact of an international anti-poverty documentary project. This placement has provided me an unmatched learning opportunity. - Kathryn Davis (photo: Kathryn with her field instructor)
Among other tasks, I did a needs assessment and yearly evaluation for our poverty alleviation village, hand-drew maps of the village for the local EMS and police, assisted with clinical/case management despite the fact that my concentration is not clinically focused, and I even tried to implement a new trash/litter system. The best part of it all: in the midst of all these projects I was able to connect and genuinely engage with the children and families of our community. I learned more than just viable skills, I learned about the profound strength of the human heart. - Christy Camp (photo: Christy with children from her field placement)
Current International Internship Opportunities
Past International Internship Opportunities
Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Dubai, England, Finland, Greece, Kenya, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Romania, Spain, Tanzania.