From Campus to Career:
Resources for Social Work Students
Establish your relationship with your professional association, the National Association of Social Workers, and reap the benefits over your entire career.
Youâ€™ve chosen a profession dedicated to improving lives. Turn to the association dedicated to supporting youâ€”the National Association of Social Workers.
STUDENT MEMBERS: Stay a Member, Pay Less in Dues
NASW understands the financial commitment of an educationâ€”so student dues are reduced by 75% for BSW and MSW student members who maintain continuous membership and by 25% for doctoral student members who maintain continuous membership.
For those BSW and MSW student members who maintain continuous membership, dues are reduced for 2-3 years after graduation as well, to help ease the transition into their social work careers.
Scholarships, Fellowships & Grants
Sweeping changes were made to federal student aid programs with the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007. Learn more about loan forgiveness and eligibility.
Be our next intern at NASW! Interns earn $500/semester and gain hands-on experience in a variety of Association functions.
Chapter Membership â€“ Two-for-One
Student membership automatically includes membership in your NASW state chapter â€“at no extra cost. Many state chapters have mentoring programs, connect students with practicing social workers to meet licensure supervision requirements, or offer licensing preparatory courses. Your chapterâ€™s state conference, peer groups, meet-ups, legislative days, and other events are great ways to stay on top of social work in your state and to build your local professional network.
Your chapter is assigned based on your zip code â€“ or you may select the chapter of your choice by contacting NASW Member Services at 800.742.4089 M-F, 9 am â€“ 9 pm ET, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Protect Yourself and Prepare for Your Field Placement
Student Liability Insurance
Just because youâ€™re a student doesnâ€™t mean you donâ€™t need malpractice insurance. Students can be sued, too, and you may not have enough coverage through your school, if any at all. Learn more from NASW Assurance Services.
Risk Management Courses
Protect yourself and help reduce your chances of a malpractice lawsuit with NASWâ€™s free online courses on risk management. NASW Assurance Servicesâ€™ Education Center also offers risk management workshops.
Professional Code of Ethics, Ethics Courses & Consultations
Refer to the NASW Code of Ethics to understand the standards that guide the everyday professional conduct of social workers. Take free online courses on ethics. Schedule a free consultation with NASWâ€™s Office of Ethics and Professional Review to discuss your on-the-job ethics dilemma; call 800.638.8799 ext. 231 or 202.336.8231 (a members-only service).
Look to NASW Standards for the optimal services that social workers should provide, educators and employers should support, and consumers should expect in a variety of practice areas and settings.
At the NASW Legal Defense Fund (LDF) youâ€™ll find legal information, regulatory compliance tools, and financial assistance and support for legal cases and issues of concern to NASW members and the social work profession. Popular legal resources from LDF include the following:
LDF also offers members free legal issue consultations with NASW legal staff (by appointment only); call 800.638.8799 ext. 290 or 202.408.8600 ext. 290 for more information.
NASW Press Publications
Search NASW Press reference works, books, and journals for useful research, decision making in the field, and practice-area support. NASW student members save 50% on a yearly subscription to the Encyclopedia of Social Work online, a core reference tool recommended for all social workers.
HIPAA Information & Training Courses for Social Workers
Understand and comply with federal HIPAA requirements and take training courses on the latest HIPAA requirements at reduced member rates.
Access Research Tools
Social Work Portal
Find information fast about social work issues, services, policy, research, education, and careersâ€”all in one place. You also can add your school or social work organization to this portal.
Social Work Policy Institute
Search the Social Work Policy Institute for research related to the work of social workers. Recent reports address the well-being of veterans and their families, challenges to effective child welfare supervision, the effects of high caseloads on worker retention and service delivery outcomes, and steps to enhance excellence in hospice care.
NASW Center for Workforce Studies
Visit the NASW Center for Workforce Studies for research on the social work labor force. Browse clearinghouse information on workforce data and demographics, salary, employment trends, work environment, and recruitment/retention.
Get Ready for Your Career
Career Choices in Social Work
Maybe youâ€™re considering another career path in social work, or just want to know the scope of the profession? Learn more here about different practice areas, schools of social work, and licensing. Explore the field of social work and read real-life stories of why others became social workers at BeASocialWorker.org.
NASW Social Work Career Center
Post your resume to our social work database at NASWâ€™s Social Work Career Center where employers can review your skills and experience. View resume and cover letter samples, prepare for your job interview with our interviewing tips and sample questions, and read suggestions on how to market yourself better to employers.
NASWâ€™s Occupational Profiles series describes the social work role in, as well as benefits and challenges of, different specialty areas and includes salary information.
NASWâ€™s Leadership Ladders series provides newcomers and mid-level social workers with information and tips to successfully navigate their careers.
After You Graduateâ€¦Earn a Professional Credential
After you graduate and get licensed, take the next step in your professional career â€“ get credentialed in your practice area. A voluntary pursuit, credentials verify your education, skills and proven track record in your area of social work expertise. A professional credential behind your name can increase your marketability in the workplace.
Stay Informed with Practice-Specific Resources
Specialty Practice Sections
The NASW Specialty Practice Sections (SPS) is a rich resource for practice-specific information and learning opportunities. Students can participate in free educational webinars throughout the year and search the newsletter archives for research to support their studies. NASW offers sections in a variety of practice areas.
Practice Web Page
Access professional standards for social work practice and online resources dedicated to specific client populations and practice areas.
Educational Courses & Webinars
NASW offers members free and discounted online courses and webinars on a variety of social work topics. Take these courses to supplement your studies and field work.
Connect Through Social Media
Socialize, network, and connect with other social work students and professionals and become acquainted with issues affecting social work today. Connect, like or follow NASW.
Promote Your Profession
Do you like how social workers are portrayed on television, in the movies, or in the news? Post your comments on SocialWorkersSpeak.org, as well as submit news stories that make you proud to be a social worker or concern you.
Refer friends, family, and clients to HelpStartsHere.org for helpful information and resources related to children and families, seniors and aging, behavioral health, physical health, and other topic areas. Build your professional resume by submitting articles and content for publication on this consumer website.
One of the simplest and quickest ways students can advocate for the profession is by signing up for NASW's Advocacy listserv. Youâ€™ll receive email alerts on critical issues and ways to take action, such as by sending prewritten emails and letters to your members of Congress. Another popular way to advocate for the profession is by participating in your chapterâ€™s lobby day activities. Contact your chapter for more information.
Celebrate Social Work Month â€“ March
Social Work Month
Encourage your school to participate in National Professional Social Work Month, which is celebrated in March each year. Something as simple as changing your online profile picture to the social work month can increase awareness of the profession and the many ways social work matters.
Social Work Merchandise
T-shirts, bags, mugs, water bottles, buttons, magnets, and moreâ€”all promoting social workâ€”are available for purchase from the online NASW merchandise store.