Social Work Department Opportunities
The Bachelor of Social Work program provides students with opportunities for career growth while gaining a working knowledge of social work. Students are required to complete 400 hours of field placement related to their academic and career goals. Field placement, internships and student organizations help students meet course requirements while providing additional avenues of practice and experience.
There are many organizations such as domestic violence shelters for women and children, group homes for children, inner-city ministries, hospitals, non-profit organizations, charities, and government agencies that students can intern with. For example, local institutions like these are possible places for an internship:
- Sunnybrook Children’s Home
- Veterans Administration
- University Medical Center
- His Heart Ministries
- Catholic Charities
- Gateway Rescue Mission
- Salvation Army
Social work student organizations like His Hands His Feet and the Social Work Department Advisory Board provide additional opportunities for students to give to and support local communities while practicing what they learned in the classroom.
The goal of His Hands His Feet is to raise awareness of social issues, serve and minister to the surrounding community. Students participate in many service projects, inner city ministries and workdays. They also raise support and money for different charities, non-profits, and ministries.
The Social Work Department Advisory Board includes social work professionals and members of the community who give guidance to the social work department. Student representatives are encouraged to join the board. Students are involved with decision-making and are able to give helpful input from their perspective.
Jobs with a social work degree can lead to positions in healthcare organizations, mental health centers, child welfare agencies, nursing homes, community centers, non-profits, schools, government agencies, youth courts, and treatment centers. The broad exposure and expertise in more than one area can also provide students with multiple career options and opportunities.
This degree prepares students for entry-level social work practice, and can prepare students for several master degree programs.