It is encouraged that Social Work students study abroad or at the Philadelphia Campus. In the past, Social Work students have studied in England, Thailand, Uganda, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg. Recently, a few Senior Social Work students have had the option of completing their senior field placement abroad.
Click here to find out what you could do for your senior internship in Uganda.
Read about a recent Social Work graduate's experiences while studying in Uganda and Thailand as a student at Messiah:
Ruth Berta's Blog
Follow along with Gabi Acker, a Messiah junior, as she spends Spring 2013 semester in Austrailia:
Gabrielle Acker's Blog
Check back regularly this semester (Spring 2013) to see what some of our students are up to while studying abroad.
Intercultural Office (Study Abroad)
Intercultural Office Website
The Messiah College Intercultural Office is where students get connected with a study abroad program. We encourage all students to take advantage of the opportunities to broaden their horizons and further their social work education by studying in a new environment. Many social work students participate in a variety of study abroad programs. To read what Messiah student’s are saying about their experiences abroad, check out this page full of links to blogs by students abroad. For information on which programs are recommended by theIntercultural Office for our department, follow this link.
The Messiah College Philly Campus, or MCPC, began as a response to the ever increasing globalization and urbanization of American society. Students are exposed to multiple cultures, and MCPC combines the intimate spiritual community of Messiah College and the diversity of a large urban institution, Temple University. Along with this, there are a multitude of opportunities in the city of Philadelphia, including social and outreach opportunities and many helpful connections for future employment and graduate work. With these things in mind, MCPC is a perfect fit for Social Work students looking to experience diversity and outreach in a new, vibrant setting such as Philly. Specifically, Social Work majors can participate in a social service agency that is geared toward their specific interests by volunteering or completing an internship through MCPC. For more information, visit Messiah’s Philadelphia Campus website.
SALT House at the Harrisburg Institute
Serving And Living Together at the Harrisburg Institute is a great opportunity for Social Work students. This is a chance to engage city-life, live in community with fellow socially-conscious and servant-minded students, and broaden your horizons. This experience can also be more convenient for social work majors who have placements in the city since travel time is reduced and public transportation is more readily available. The SALT House runs a shuttle several times a day between the Institute and Messiah’s main campus so it is not a requirement that students have a car in order to make it to classes on time. The SALT Program has also developed the Mentoring Partnership of Central PA to provide support and ensure quality services are being delivered by 35 area youth-mentoring organizations devoted to providing one-on-one relationships between adults and young people with poor role models. For more information about living and serving with the SALT House or helping with the Mentoring Partnership of Central PA, please visit the SALT House at the Harrisburg Institute website.