Of the over 600 social work schools in the nation, The University of Alabama School of Social Work is the only school outside of the Washington metro area that offers BSW and MSW students the unique opportunity to complete their semester-long field practicum in Washington, DC. The program — which comprises the MSW DC, BSW DC and Washington, D.C. Fly-In — prepares students both personally and professionally by exposing them to cutting-edge, direct-service programs as well as public policy and advocacy implementation. Students are selected through a competitive application and interview process to participate in each program. Graduates go on to careers in social work focusing on public policy, public health, direct services and private practice.
Innovative and progressive at its inception almost 40 years ago, the MSW DC program has grown significantly over the years. The program’s more than 700 alumni have gained invaluable work experience that has allowed them to go on to dynamic careers in social work. The University and the School of Social Work receive widespread, national recognition due to the program’s success and impact.
|MSW DC Program||Program Dates|
|Field Education Begins||January 12, 2022|
|Field Education Ends||April 29, 2022|
|Work schedule is five days a week, 40 hours per week. MSW students are required to have 500 hours of field education.|
Important Note: Spring break days are not scheduled in Washington because of the need to be available for field assignments. You may, however, take a maximum of five personal leave days, which are subject to your supervisor’s approval and permitting your workload.
The BSW DC Program was created in 2014 with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and has grown to include numerous agencies in the DC metro area. Students are placed in direct service and policy and advocacy agencies.
|BSW DC Program||Program Dates|
|Field Education Begins||August 18, 2021|
|Field Education Ends||November 23, 2021|
|Work schedule is five days a week, 40 hours per week. BSW students are required to have 450 hours of field education.|
Launched in 2017, the Washington, D.C. Policy and Advocacy Fly-In is part of the UA School of Social Work’s Washington, D.C. Internship Program. The Fly-In is a two-day, in depth field experience in policy research, analysis, and advocacy. Students are trained in policy analysis and advocacy with speakers from the National Association of Social Workers, the Council on Social Work Education, First Focus, the Child Welfare League of America, and other experts from policy and advocacy agencies. Each student has two scheduled meetings with Congress members to advocate for specific legislation. In 2018, 70 students participated from The University of Alabama, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, The University of Alabama at Huntsville, and The Ohio State University.
Through the generosity of alumni, donors and The School of Social Work, the following scholarships and stipends are available for the Washington, DC program:
Welcome to The University of Alabama School of Social Work International Field Placement Program! International field placements can serve as one of the most transformative learning opportunities that a student can experience.
Helping students access and process these experiences serves as one of the central aims of the School’s Coordinator of International Programs. The School of Social Work works closely with The Capstone International Center to help provide students with a rewarding experience that gives them a global perspective of the social work profession.
Our international placement opportunities evolve depending on many factors, agency availability, supervisor availability and safety. We have established successful placements in:
The Coordinator of International Programs works with students to create additional international field placement possibilities. Currently in planning are placements in India and Australia.
Admitted BSW and MSW field students who have completed the School’s field application through SWIS and passed a background check must also apply directly to the International Field Program. A final step in the process entails completion of an online study-abroad application to the Capstone International Center Education Abroad office.
For questions about the international application process and international field placements, contact Debra Nelson-Gardell, associate professor and coordinator of international programs, at 205/348-2990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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