Health Advocacy Fieldwork
Students and faculty advisers select three field placements, based on students' specific interests and career goals. The Fieldwork Pro Seminar course prepares students for the fieldwork experience. Through on-site supervised training, students learn to apply classroom theory to practice and to develop their capacities as advocates. Students meet individually or in small groups with fieldwork advisers to learn how their individual experience relates to the larger arena of advocacy in which they are working The Capstone Project, in the final year of study, may build upon the third fieldwork placement and relate to the student's chosen area of advocacy specialization.
Sarah Lawrence's location in Westchester County - just north of New York City and adjacent to New Jersey and Connecticut - provides students with a broad range of settings from which to choose fieldwork placements during the academic year. Students may also arrange summer placements in geographic areas where they intend to work after graduation. Students select placement sites from a large database of previous internships or may develop new internship experiences.
Health Advocacy Fieldwork Placement Sites
"I gained a great deal of practical knowledge ininterpersonal relations and communication. It gave me an opportunity to lean about the functioning of a hospital, particularly the Emergency Department. The job involved interacting with people of all ages, races and ethnicities."
“I was eager to get experience in health policy in the unique setting of a private entity working as a consulting firm to individual clients and as an advocacy group representing coalitions or private and public organizations. It was an excellent opportunity to see this type of multi-disciplinary advocacy on the ground.”
“The staff are well informed, committed, hard working and passionate about bringing patient voice and experience to the forefront of the minds of our elected officials, both on a grass roots, state-by-state volunteer level as well as positioning the organizations in direct conversation with prominent congressional leaders and regulatory agencies. I have never seen a group more passionate about advocating on behalf of the rights of others. This experience shaped my future.”
“I learned the fundamental workings of a local government agency, which allowed me to understand how an advocate could work with or within such an agency to effect change in health care from a variety of levels. I also learned how to research available grants, how the grant application works, how to research current legislation and how to access the wealth of information and resources that are offered by the government.”
“I obtained an understanding of the scope of organizations working to improve women’s health, along with the specific positive movements being put into place by each of these organizations. This allowed me to see the range of professional opportunities available in the women’s health field. I also improved my knowledge of evaluation and assessment throughout my research on abortion clinics in New York State.”