International Field Placement/Internship/Service Learning Opportunities

International Field Placement/Internship/Service Learning Opportunities

International Field Placement/Internship/Service Learning Opportunities

7 Reasons to Internationalize:

1.    Consistent with social work’s history

2.    Global society

3.    Increases self-awareness about values and abilities

4.    Teaches flexibility and adaptation to change

5.    Advances human rights and social economic justice

6.    Promotes ethical engagement

7.    Prepares for working with diverse populations


A Global Citizen….

1.    Is aware of the world

2.    Has a sense of personal role in the world

3.    Respects and values diversity

4.    Understands how the world works

5.    Is outraged by social injustice

6.    Engages in the community

7.    Takes action

8.    Takes personal responsibility

(Oxfam, n.d.)

International Undergraduate Senior Field Placements

Cape Town, South Africa

BSW SOWK 401, 402

Social Work majors are able to complete their senior field placement abroad during their last semester at Millersville. Social Workers fulfill the Department of Social Work's requirements for their senior placement and take MU courses while conducting their placement in an international location. Students are able to gain professional hands on experience by working with grassroots and/or support organizations. Students are able to mantain contact with their Field Liason through email, D2L, and Skype throughout this 12 week experience. For more information, click here.

Check out Kelsea, as she completes her Senior Field Placement at Beautiful Gate Children's Home!

Service Learning Trips

3rd Annual Alternative Spring Break

Granada, Nicaragua - Empowering Solutions to Poverty & Human Needs                                                                                                                  cathedral


March 5-13, 2016

Trip Highlights

  • Visits to rural communities to learn of various cooperative initiatives including:
  • Hammock project
  • Safe stove project
  • Women's soap cooperative

Service Learning Includes:

  • Working at center for people with disabilities
  • Building safe stoves for rural school


  • Volcan Masaya National Park Hike and Cave Tour                                                                                                                   
  • Granada Market
  • Chocolate Farm Tour
  • Isletas de Granada Sunset Boat Tour

Nicaragua Info Sheet

Interested: contact Dr. Karen Rice at

Traditional Study Abroad

There are also several opportunities for a traditional study abroad experience in various countries to complete courses at a university in the chosen country. The best time to complete this type of international experience would be during the sophomore year (prior to beginning social work practice sequence courses. The Social Work Department will work with the Office of Global Education and be a part of your study abroad experience.

Office of Global Education