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Student Opportunities and Memberships

Student Memberships

Students are encouraged to be involved with both School sponsored organizations and outside, related professional organizations.   Some of the organizations are:

Bachelor of Social Work Association (BSWA) (IUPUI)

The School recognizes the student organization as an integral component of professional education.  Although the organization is autonomous, the campus Program Director (or her/his designee) serves as advisor in order to encourage group identification and to help guide student participation in the BSW program. BSWA officers help with the formulation and modification of policies affecting student affairs, writing student grants, and implementing student-related projects/functions.

Social Work Student Association (SWSA) (IUB)

The School recognizes the student organization as an integral component of professional education.  Although the organization is autonomous, the Student Outreach Coordinator, Bruce McCallister, serves as advisor in order to encourage group identification and to help guide student participation in the BSW program. SWSA officers help with the formulation and modification of policies affecting student affairs, writing student grants, and implementing student-related projects/functions.

Latino Social Workers/Human Services Providers Network

The Latino Social Workers/ Human Services Providers Network was established in 1995 under the auspices of the Indiana University School of Social Work.  Membership is open to any Latino student and those employed in a social work capacity working with Latino groups. 

For further information, please contact Dr. Irene Queiro-Tajalli at (317) 274-6725, or itka100@iupui.edu.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has over 150,000 members worldwide.  As a member, students receive all of the benefits and privileges of a regular member at a reduced cost.  Members receive the Social Work Journal, the monthly newsletter, the State newsletter, group rate health and disability insurance coverage, discounts on all NASW specialty journals, and other valuable information. 

Students are encouraged to become members of this Association immediately following their admission into the program. The National Association of Social Workers Indiana Chapter is located at 1100 W. 42nd Street, Suite #226, Indianapolis, IN 46208, (317) 923-9878. The email address is naswin@naswin.org.  

http://www.naswin.org/.

National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW)

As mentioned earlier, the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) was established in May of 1968 in San Francisco, California, to promote the welfare, survival, and liberation of the Black community.  Membership is open to any African-American employed in a social work capacity, or others not employed but working in a voluntary capacity in a social work setting or program who accept and adhere to the Constitution and By-Laws of the Association.

The purpose of the organization is:

  • to provide a structure and forum though which Black social workers, any workers in related fields of social service, and interested citizens may exchange ideas, offer their services, and develop or refine skills in the interest of the Black community and the community-at-large.
  • to work in cooperation with, or to support, develop, or sponsor community welfare projects and programs which will serve the interest of the Black community and the community-at-large.
  • to strengthen human services in all service systems in all aspects pertaining to the Black community, and to ensure that services are available to Black individuals, families, groups, and the community.

Employment Opportunities

Career Development Center

The Career Development Center offers many services including career fairs, employer information sessions, on campus interviews with recruiters, and career workshops.  They also offer drop-in and hour-long career advising sessions, a library with over 1,000 books, access to online resources for jobs and internships, and three eight week courses on career exploration, portfolio design, and job search strategies.

http://www.indiana.edu/~career/

IUSSW Job Fair

The BSW and MSW programs host the IUSSW Annual Job Fair in April at the Indianapolis campus. These events provide excellent opportunities for students to meet professionals in the field as well as exploring employment opportunities.

Socialworktalent.net

The BSW program has established www.Socialworktalent.net, a website for social work students and alumni to access part-time, full-time social service positions as well as other social work opportunities such as internships, service learning, and volunteer work.  This service enables students to assess the wide range of social work opportunities available and gain more knowledge and experience in social work.  We encourage all BSW students to register with www.Socialworktalent.net.  For more information, contact Professor Erika Galyean, School BSW Field Instruction Coordinator, ergalyea@iupui.edu or 317-278-4864.

Students may also want to explore national social work databases such as: