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I am proud of Bethel for having a clear and active commitment to bettering itself and its students.
Austin McCabe-Juhnke ’11

Experiential Learning

Internships/Research

The community is a laboratory for social education, so instruction occurs in the field as well as the classroom. As a junior and senior, you’ll serve internships with licensed social workers in settings such as hospitals, mental health facilities, schools, nursing homes and social service agencies. As a junior, you’ll work with a Bethel faculty member and staff from a local agency to conduct a major project as a way to learn research methods. In addition, you’ll experience social work through lab exercises.

Recent internship examples are:

  • St. Francis Academy Foster Care Services, Newton
  • United Methodist Youthville, Newton and Wichita
  • Prairie View Mental Health Services, Newton
  • Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita
  • Newton public school system
  • Communities in Schools, Wichita
  • Child Protective Services (SRS), Wichita and Newton
  • Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter, Wichita
  • Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita
  • Offender Victim Ministries, Newton
  • Pleasant View Home (retirement community), Inman
  • ComCare of Sedgwick County (mental health), Wichita
  • Wichita Children’s Home, Wichita
  • Positive Directions (AIDS services), Wichita
  • Derry Children’s Commission, Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Harvey County Homeless Shelter, Newton
  • Catholic Charities Hispanic Social Services, Wichita

Study Abroad

As part of Bethel’s cross-cultural learning emphasis, you’ll have the option to spend an interterm in Mexico under the direction of a member of Bethel’s social work faculty, where you’ll examine issues related to economics, diversity, human rights, religion and immigration. Included in the course are opportunities to interact with local people through home visits and visits to social service and development projects. Students are exposed to the riches of Mexican art, culture and archeology. Bethel works with QUEST Mexico, a nonprofit organization devoted to creating social justice and peace through transformative, experiential education.