What Can I Do With A Major In Social Work?
Social workers seek to help people in need and to address social injustices. The field of social work aims to improve the quality of life for people experiencing a broad range of problems due to societal and economic factors, such as poverty and homelessness, or involving personal and family issues like parent-child conflict, substance abuse, and caring for aged relatives. Social work functions include providing services directly to clients, as well as administrative responsibilities such as organizing and evaluating services, managing programs, and developing social policy. Social workers also assist families that have serious domestic conflicts, including those involving child or spousal abuse.
The field of social work is grounded on the premise that social workers will assist individuals who are unable to cope with serious personal and social problems on their own. By respecting the inherent dignity and worth of a person, social workers recognize and value the central importance of human relationships.
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Sample of Related Occupations
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Professional Associations & Additional Career Information
Internships, Co-ops and Employment Opportunities
Social work majors may find experiential opportunities or employment in a number of areas depending on your skills, abilities and experience. Career-related internships and co-op placements are a great avenue to establishing yourself as a qualified candidate for full-time, professional-level career opportunities after graduation.
The following list of employers and job titles shows opportunities where the employer was specifically looking for social work majors. This list is meant to be a resource for further career-related investigation and DOES NOT REFLECT current openings. To look for current openings, please visit Central Connections, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the CACE website here.
Ability Beyond Disability - Assistant Residential Manager
AIDS Project Hartford - HIV Prevention Education Services Program Manager
Apple Health Care - Social Worker, Director of Admissions
Central Area Health Education Center - Summer Institute Instructor, Youth Health Service Corps & Health Careers Coordinator,
Collegiate Health Service Corps - Volunteer & Service Experience, Americorps State
Member - Youth Health Service Corps Coordinator
Clean Water Action - Global Warming & Clean Energy Internship
Community Mental Health Affiliates, Inc. - Bilingual Case Manager, Job Developer/Employment Specialist, Entry Level Rehabilitation
Connecticut Junior Republic - Part-time Clinical Coordinator
Connecticut Voices for Children - Policy Fellowship
CW Resources, Inc. - Employment Specialist
Fresenius Medical Care - Social Worker
Friendship Service Center of New Britain, Inc. - Case Manager
Genworth Financial Agency, Inc. - Career Agent
JOBPRO - Human Resources Assistant
Kuhn Employment Opportunities, Inc. - Employment Specialist for the Rushford Program, Employment Specialist for the
DMHAS Program, Bilingual Employment Specialist
Mount Saint John - Behavior Support Counselor, Residential Treatment Counselor
New England Revolution - Community Relations Internship
Oakley Law Offices - Social Worker Internship
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England - Campus Action Internship
Serendipity Girls - Program Administration Internship
Simsbury Public Schools - Afternoon Assistant
State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management - Legislative Internship
The Bridge Family Center, Inc. - Part-time Group Leader, Site Coordinator - After School Enrichment Program
The Children's Home of Cromwell, Inc. - Teacher Support Specialist, One to One Aide, Residential Counselor, School Social
The Devereaux Glenholme School - Boarding Faculty (FT) - Direct Care
Walgreens Connecticut Distribution Center - Training Specialist Internship
Wheeler Clinic - Care Coordinator, Intervention Specialist, Crisis Clinician, Supervisor for the
MDFT Program, Domestic Violence Group Facilitator, Program Manager: Youth Equipped
for Success (YES!), Family Support Specialist, Case Manager: LifeLine, Counselor:
Reconnecting Families, Clinician: Extended Day, Direct Care Counselor, Clinician:
Multi Systemic Therapy, Clinician: Family Support Team, Compliance Specialist, Telephone
Counselor, Group Facilitator, Clinician: Adult OP Substance Abuse, Group Facilitator:
Family Violence Education, Group Facilitator: Parenting Education, Crisis Clinician:
Community Response Team, Court Liaison, Employment Specialist, Manager, Community
Service Coordinator, Associate Director: Children's Outpatient Services