Concurrent field work is an integral part of the total training program in social work. It provides students an opportunity to apply theoretical learning to practice and gain a practical experience. During your internship you will have dual supervision from a faculty member of the social work department (MSW) and the field supervisors through individual weekly conferences and periodical consultations with the field supervisors.
- Minimum of 15 hours a week, across two full days of work
- Maintenance of log sheets and weekly submission of reports
- Weekly field work conference with faculty supervisor
- Buddy system – a local student will also be placed at these agencies along with the international student
Examples of Social Work Internship Agencies
Established in 1994, this registered voluntary organization works out of concern for marginalized and exploited women in difficult circumstances in Chennai. They work with commercial sex workers and their clients, the transgender community and in the field of STD/HIV/AIDS prevention. A recent initiative has been interventions with the large homeless community in central Chennai to improve overall socio-economic conditions.
Rehaboth aims to help mentally challenged destitute women live life in a secure environment and also help them gain economic and social independence. They also provide medical and psychiatric care to the women and have a vocational rehabilitation program in place. In addition, Rehaboth runs a small day care centre for children with special needs from poor families. It also organises mental health awareness programs at schools and colleges and among the local communities.
Little Drops runs several shelter homes for the elderly destitute. Started in 1991, with caring for one individual, it has grown to nearly 1000 persons being cared for across 4 centres. The primary goal of these centres is to help the elderly live the rest of their lives with dignity. They also have other projects that provide vocational training to school dropouts, a primary school – Little Angels – for children from disadvantaged families and conduct many social awareness programs.
Founded on the belief of action-oriented, people-centered development, Udavi works with a diverse section of society. Their many projects include rehabilitation of street children, working with slum-dwellers and homeless communities, people with disabilities, prevention and care of people living with HIV/AIDS and awareness campaigns.
The YWCA, Chennai works on various projects seeking to address gender inequalities, socio-economic disparities, and discrimination in various forms. The main campus in the heart of the city runs several projects including a short stay home for mentally challenged women, a counseling centre for battered women and their families, a pre-school for underprivileged children and a community college for women. Their rural campus houses a day care centre for elderly women, a pre-school for children from low income families and a community college for women. This centre also runs outreach programs in the local community.
An ecumenical body founded in 1965 with the initial focus on relief work, MCCSS today addresses a range of issues especially with a focus on women and community development. It runs a short stay and shelter home for women rescued from trafficking and also works actively towards their rehabilitation and repatriation. A family counseling centre provides help and support to individuals and families. Other activities include microfinance, a night shelter, boys home and raising awareness on HIV/AIDS prevention and cure, anti-trafficking and other social issues among schools, colleges and the community at large.
An international aid agency, the Chennai regional office works on numerous projects both directly and through local partners. Working with a human rights perspective, its projects range across land and livelihood action, women and child rights, disaster relief and rehabilitation and local community empowerment.
The ASHA project works with children with varying levels of mental health challenges and disabilities coming from lower income families. Their aim is to promote self-sufficiency and also work with the families of the children to help them cope with the challenges of bringing up children with special needs. Vocational training – printing, paper cups, recycling, weaving mats – is provided to the students based on abilities. It also serves as a drop-in center for families in need.
Women In Need (WIN) Foundation is an initiative formed and registered in 2003, founded by a group of women activists with the aim to achieve comprehensive empowerment of women and children in the most vulnerable sections of the local community. WIN Foundation provides educational support, runs child development centers and works with the local tribal communities on development projects.
Krupa works for holistic community development focusing on the most disadvantaged communities. Their clients include leprosy patients, local gypsy communities, rural poor and prisoners. Their projects span education support, delivery of health care, nutritional support, empowerment through skill training, counseling and spiritual nurture.
The agencies above are a general listing and not a comprehensive list. The Social Work department connects with many other agencies across a spectrum of focal areas. Students with requests for particular settings or specific internship requirements should get in touch with the Resident Director.