Brown School International Practicum Guidelines
***Note: Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions and public health concerns, we do not yet know if students will be able to travel for international practicum for summer 2020. The application will open in mid-December. Please join us for an information session at noon on December 4 via zoom.
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 (OFE) & 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:
- Student has consulted with OFE and Global Programs regarding Brown School’s international practicum placement or attended an information session:
- Review the process and discuss interest in international practicum
- Review the Core Affiliated Practicum (CAP) sites
- 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:
- International Social and Economic Development (International SED) – MSW
- Global Health specialization (GH) -- MPH
- Individualized in Internationally-focused concentration – approved by Global Programs Office
- All other students must petition for approval from Global Programs Office. Please note that while the petition may be approved, funding is based on availability after ISED and GH students are funded and is, therefore, not guaranteed.
MSW, Dual MSW/MPH, Individualized with International Topic:
- Student must successfully complete (with a B or better) at least one of the following international courses before commencing the international practicum:
MPH, Dual MPH/MSW, Individualized with International Topic:
- S20 SWHS 5030 International Social Development
- S30 SWDP 7821 International Child Welfare
- S31 SWPP 4100 Social Work Practice with Refugees and Immigrants
- S40 SWSP 58762 International Social and Economic Development Policy
- S60 SWCD 5056 Development Practice in International Settings
- S60 5040 Environment, Climate, and Communities: Vulnerable Populations
- S60 5043 Global Anti-Poverty Interventions
- Approved global field-based course
- S55 MPH 4003 Global Burden of Disease
- S55 MPH 5102 Global Health
- S55 MPH 5107 Policy, Power and Politics in Global Health
- S55 MPH 5321 Global Hunger and Undernutrition
- S55 MPH 5370 Public Health Interventions in Developing Countries
- S55 MPH 5132 Global Mental Health
- Approved global field-based course
- Student must be in good academic standing (cum GPA of 3.0 or higher and have no current academic or disciplinary actions)
- MPH student will have completed the seven prerequisite public health courses
- MSW student will have completed the MSW foundation courses and foundation practicum
- MPH/MSW dual degree student will have completed the seven prerequisite public health courses and the MSW foundation courses and foundation practicum
- Advanced Standing MSW students will have completed at least one semester of courses at Brown School
- Submit a Preliminary Application form indicating top three sites by clicking on the apply now button above. Components of the application include a personal statement about why the student wants to pursue a global practicum, learning goals for a global practicum experience, how the practicum fits into their long-term professional objectives, one reference letter, a resume, and other information used to evaluate the student’s application for approval.
- If selected by the Brown School to do an international practicum, you will be nominated 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 the pre-departure sessions. At the sessions we will cover the practicum documents required by OFE 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. Additional instructions will be given out, once selected for an international practicum.
If you are an international student that wants to go home to do your practicum, you do not need to apply through this process. However, you will work with the GPO to affiliate the agency in your home country.
If you have questions about the international practica process, please contact Tammy Orahood, Director of Global Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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