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Social Work - Careers & Internships

What will I do with my bachelor in social work (BSW) degree?

The critical thinking, evidence-based research, and communication skills you develop through the study of social work are an excellent foundation for careers and graduate school. You will be prepared to enter a rapidly growing field (the state of Wisconsin projects nearly 9% growth in this occupation) where there is high demand for these skills, which you can deploy in careers in such areas as:

• Child and family welfare, including child protection services, foster care, adoption and adult protection services
• Social work in a health-care setting, such as hospitals, hospice, home health, long-term care and clinics
• Coalitions and community social action
• Gerontological social work
• Corrections: probation, parole, jails, prisons
• Social work with the military, veterans, and their families
• Social work with people who struggle with chemical dependency and substance abuse, as well as with oppressed groups and crisis intervention

Our BSW students will graduate to a profession that is client-centered, evidence-based, field-driven and future-focused. With excellent research, writing, and speaking skills and an understanding of how social systems work, you will be sought after in many fields.

By having a BSW degree, students are eligible to apply for advance standing with MSW programs. This could cut the coursework toward your MSW degree in half.


At Alverno, students find that social work is often best learned by experiencing what it means to be a social worker. Every BSW student will gain experience working in the field through two internships that will give you field experience and time to explore the right social work career for you.

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