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Brown School - International Practicum Guidelines and Application
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Spring 2018 11/15/2017
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Summer 2018 11/15/2017
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Fall 2018 04/01/2018
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Internship, Research, Service-Learning
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Brown Global Programs

Information and applications for our new Field-Based Courses offered in 2017-18 are in the links below:

  • Health Impact Assessment in Liverpool, Australia in late May, click here
  • Policy Making, Advocacy and Analysis in Washington DC over spring break, click here
  • Sustainability, Development and Health in Costa Rica in early June, Click here
  • Refugee Empowerment, Physical Activity and Urban Development in Berlin, Germany in late May, click here

Brown School International Practicum Guidelines

An international practicum is defined as a field placement completed in a Core Affiliated Practicum (CAP) site in a country or U.S. territory outside of the United States.  International practicum students are required to comply with all OFE&CP field-related requirements, guidelines and timelines. Students will also be required to attend to mandated competencies and behaviors established in the Educational Learning Agreement (ELA) and declared area of specialization or concentration. 
Students interested in completing an international practicum must receive joint approval from the Office of Field Education & Community Partnerships (OFE&CP) & the Global Programs Office (GPO).

The approval for an international practicum involves a multi-step process in which students will work with faculty and staff through a guided selection process.
The following conditions must be met if students are interested in international practicum:
  1. Student has consulted with OFE&CP and Global Programs regarding Brown School’s international practicum placement or attended an information session:
    1. Review the process and discuss interest in international practicum
    2. Review the Core Affiliated Practicum (CAP) sites  
  1. Student must be enrolled in one of the following concentrations or specializations and demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in an international field of social work and/or public health:
    1. International Social and Economic Development (International SED) – MSW
    2. Global Health specialization (GH) -- MPH
    3. Individualized in Internationally-focused concentration – approved by Global Programs Office
    4. All other students must petition for approval from Global Programs Office. 
  1. Student must successfully complete (with a B or better) at least one of the following international courses before commencing the international practicum: 
    MSW, Dual MSW/MPH, Individualized with International Topic:
  1. S20 SWHS 5030 International Social Development
  2. S30 SWDP 7821 International Child Welfare
  3. S31 SWPP 4100 Social Work Practice with Refugees and Immigrants
  4. S40 SWSP 58762 International Social and Economic Development Policy
  5. S60 SWCD 5056 Development Practice in International Settings
  6. S60 5040 Environment, Climate, and Communities: Vulnerable Populations
  7. S60 5043 Global Anti-Poverty Interventions
  8. Approved international field-based course (e.g. Haiti TPS)
MPH, Dual MPH/MSW, Individualized with International Topic:
  1. S55 MPH 4003 Global Burden of Disease
  2. S55 MPH 5102 Global Health
  3. S55 MPH 5107 Power and Politics in Global Health
  4. S55 MPH 5321 Global Hunger and Undernutrition
  5. S55 MPH 5370 Haiti TPS: Public Health Interventions in Developing Countries
  1. Student must be in good academic standing (cum GPA of 3.0 or higher and have no current academic or disciplinary actions)
    1. MPH student will have completed the seven prerequisite public health courses
    2. MSW student will have completed the MSW foundation courses and foundation practicum
    3. MPH/MSW dual degree student will have completed the seven prerequisite public health courses and the MSW foundation courses and foundation practicum
    4. Advanced Standing MSW students will have completed at least one semester of courses at Brown School
  1. Submit a Preliminary Application form indicating top three sites by clicking on the apply now button above. Components of the application include a description of the proposed practicum organization and site, learning goals for the practicum experience, how the practicum fits into their long-term professional objectives, information about the proposed field instructor and site, the names of the professionals submitting reference letters, and other information used to evaluate the student’s application for approval. 
  1. If selected by the Brown School to do an international practicum, you will be nominated in mid-December for one of your three ranked choices. It is rare that a student doesn’t get one of their choices, but could happen based on agency needs and preferences and students’ skills and backgrounds. Your selection by the Brown School Global Programs office is not a guarantee that you will be selected by an agency, as they reserve the right to determine best fit for the practicum position. Once selected by the Brown School, you need to apply directly the agency you have been nominated for. Once approved by the agency, please notify the Director of Global Programs so you can be processed for a Khinduka Scholarship. 
     7.  You will also be required to attend 2 pre-departure sessions. At the sessions we will cover the  practicum documents required by OFE&CP and GPO which must    be submitted by the specified dates. This includes the ELA, Geo-Blue health insurance for the duration of your travel at roughly $40 a month, registration with MyTrips, registration for credit and in Symplicity, and other documents, which will be communicated to you. We will also talk about cultural sensitivity and health and safety issues.

If approved for an international practica, scholarship money is available through the Khinduka fund. The exact amount will be determined by the number of applicants, but in the past we have been able to give out between $1500-$2500 PER student. Additional instructions will be given out, once selected for an international practicum.

Note: there is NO submit button. You can tell if your application is complete, if all the required components are checked off on your applicant home page.

If you have questions about the international practica process, please contact Tammy Orahood, Director of Global Programs at

Note: if a link is blue it means you've clicked on it before. If it's red, it means you have not. The color has nothing to do with approval or not. Unlinked sites are not currently available.




Core Affiliated Practicum (CAP) Sites

GLOBAL Multiple CARE International
  Multiple Winrock
  Multiple World Health Organization
  Multiple Helen Keller International
  Multiple World Vision
ASIA China Agencies with Fudan University in
  China Rici Foundation
  India The Banyan Academy of Leadership
in Mental Health (BALM)
  India Foster Care Society
  India Dr. RML Hospital
  Kenya Faculty research - Lesorogol
  Multiple INTERSOS (Kenya)
  Uganda Child Fund
  Multiple Ripples Foundation (Madagascar,
Ghana, Nigeria)
  Tanzania Maji Safi
  Malawi Minga Foundation
  Uganda UDHA
  Germany Camp Group gGmBH
  Various INTERSOS
LATIN AMERICA/CARIBBEAN Ecuador Yanapuma Foundation
  Ecuador Faculty research - Iannotti
  Costa Rica Interamerican Center for Global Health
  Haiti Faculty research - Iannotti
  Haiti iF Foundation
  Honduras Shoulder to Shoulder (pending approval)
  Peru Runa Foundation


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