What is an international field placement?
An international field placement is a unique opportunity for students to complete their social work internship requirement in another country. Students explore new cultures and communities, and learn how social work is interpreted and provided abroad.
International field placement internships can also support future involvement with work abroad, Peace Corps service (also see CSU’s Peace Corps webpage), advanced academic study, or work with international communities.
CSU Field Placement Partner Locations
These internship placements are in process of assessment by CSU for risk management and actual internship experiences; however, CSU has had previous students participate in other programs hosted by these organizations. CSU has received positive feedback from students and faculty members, and interested students are encouraged to speak to the organizations and previous visitors to make sure the placements are the best fit for them based on their personal risk tolerance as well as previous international and internship experiences.
Process and Timeline
International field placements require extensive planning and preparation, including a process of self-reflection to determine if you are ready and able to meet the requirements for an international field placement. Students are encouraged to begin the process one year prior to becoming eligible to complete their field placement.
All interested students MUST first review the following information:
- Hofstede Dimensions of National Culture
- Cultural Self-Reflection Questions
- International Field Placement Timeline
After thoughtfully considering the above information, please contact your field coordinator for next steps.
Financial Assistance Resources
Understand the perceived vs. actual costs of completing an internship abroad. The cost of completing your field placement can be funded by scholarships and other financial resources. Be sure to review Financial Assistance Resources below for more information, as well as discuss financial assistance with your field coordinator and education abroad coordinator.