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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work



Beginning in 1994, a partnership with Beijing's China Youth University for the Political Sciences (CYUP) helped build the social work profession in China via faculty and student exchanges and joint research projects. In recent years, GSSW has partnered with Sichuan University in Chengdu to promote education about, and interest in, the field of social work.


The Sichuan University collaboration allows MSW students to complete conservation social work internships at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. If you are selected for one of these internships, you'll teach English-speaking visitors and groups of Chinese children how population growth and human consumption patterns contribute to the habitat loss that threatens the panda's existence. In the process, you'll gain firsthand knowledge of the environmental and social challenges facing China and, ultimately, the world.

Under the supervision of Sarah Bexell, Director of Conservation Education and Communications at the Chengdu Research Base, these GSSW internships focus on "one health," a concept that encourages social workers to draw upon the natural and environmental sciences as they attempt to understand the issues facing human society.

Watch a video about MSW internships in China.

Read first-person student and faculty accounts of their experiences in China in the spring 2012 issue of GSSW Magazine.

To see photos and additional information about this course, follow GSSW's Institute for Human-Animal Connection on Facebook.


There are additional costs associated with courses and internships that include international travel, over and above the cost of the MSW degree. These costs can be covered by financial aid for those who qualify. Not every international course is offered every year, and all international experiential courses are subject to modification or cancellation based on State Department travel recommendations and/or restrictions.


For additional information about MSW internships in China, please contact Sarah Bexell, Scholar-in-Residence at GSSW's Institute for Human-Animal Connection.

Watch a video information session about internships in China.