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Social Work

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.

Visit CCSU’s Social Work Department webpage here.

Sample of Related Occupations

Academic Advisor

Admissions Counselor

Advocacy Counselor

Agency Director

Case Manager

Child Welfare Worker

Clinical Social Worker

Community Affairs Specialist

Community Service Agency Director

Developmental Disability Specialist

Eligibility Specialist

Family Therapist

Foster Care Specialist

Marriage Counselor

Medical Social Worker

Mental Health Therapist

Non-Profit Administrator

Probation/Parole Officer



Recreation Worker

School Counselor

School Social Worker

Social Services Director

Social Worker

Student Affairs Administrator

Substance Abuse Counselor

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Youth Minister

For additional information on each occupation or any others you may be considering, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a nationally recognized source of career information, put together by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Professional Associations & Additional Career Information

America’s Charities

Association of Social Work Boards

Be A Social

Careers in Social Work

Child Welfare League of America

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Clinical Social Work Federation

Council on Social Work Education

Help Starts

National Association of Social Workers

National Board of Certified Counselors

National Organization of Forensic Social Work

The New Social Worker Online

Online MSW Degrees

Social Work Access Network

Social Work Career Guide

The Social Work Career Center


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 College Central Network, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the Career Success Center website here.

Ability Beyond Disability - Assistant Residential 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 Counselor

Connecticut Department of Social Services - The Office of Legal Counsel Regulations and Administrative Hearings Internship

Connecticut Junior Republic - Part-time Clinical Coordinator

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

Simsbury Public Schools - Afternoon Assistant

State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management - Legislative Internship

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