Beyond Class

U N E students participate in social work field experienceField Experience

In your final year, you will participate in a hands-on field experience in a local health or community service site. Site experiences introduce you to the broad range of opportunities available to you as a future social worker working with populations such as children, elders, immigrants and refugees, and people living with disabilities. Sites also provide experience in community outreach and advocacy that benefit all people. 

Examples of field experience include possible rotations at:

  • Hospitals
  • Free health care clinics
  • Hospice programs
  • Senior housing — assisted living or long-term care
  • Veteran’s Centers
  • Head Start programs
  • Immigrant or refugee resettlement programs

Interprofessional Education (IPE)

UNE prepares health professions students for the 21st century collaborative workforce through IPE. IPE captures intentional course work and learning experiences to provide opportunities that enhance health professional’s capacity in team work, communication, problem solving and conflict resolution. IPE is informed by the undergraduate common curriculum and strengthened by IPE/WCHP events and clinical experiences.

Global Opportunities

As a social work major you will have opportunities to participate with UNE classmates in a variety of global learning experiences. UNE's Global Education Programs are designed to enhance knowledge and understanding of the perspectives, practices and customs of diverse populations through on-site immersion learning. Tangier, Morocco and Seville, Spain are semester-long study-abroad experiences that allow you to stay on track with your curriculum while engaged in global learning. Other short-term immersion experiences are available during your sophomore, junior and senior years, including faculty-led trips to Brazil, Dominica and through the International Medical Missions at UNE, an undergraduate club that organizes short-term medical missions of one to two weeks for students of all majors.

UNE’s Westbrook College of Health Professions also offers a unique opportunity for a Health Care Immersion Experience in Ghana, West Africa.  The experience commonly occurs in August, and involves interprofessional groups of students and faculty who deliver primary care and related services in the twin cities of Sekondi and Takoradi. You work closely with community health outreach workers and professionals from the Effia Nkwanta College of Nursing and Midwifery, along with licensed providers from the Ghana Health Ministry. The work involves interprofessional collaboration, community education and academic and cross-cultural exchange.