Social Work Career Resources
Students and alumni of the School of Social Work have access to the career development resources of both St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas. We encourage you to make use of this unique benefit, as both offices have strong relationships with employers; excellent resources for those seeking help with resumes, cover letters, interviewing and other job skills; and their job boards tend to be used by different organizations, both of which are extremely relevant for social workers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Both universities have opportunities for students (and, in some cases, alumni) to sign-up for annual career fairs applicable to social workers, including:
- St. Catherine University Career Opportunities Fair – October
- Government and Non-Profit Career Fair – University of Minnesota, October
- Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair – Minneapolis Convention Center - February
Interested in exploring loan forgiveness programs that might be available to you? Both federal and Minnesota state programs provide options for clinical social workers in specific settings:
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. Social work students often work for qualified employers and may be eligible for this program. Learn more about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
NASW also has resources about national loan forgiveness programs on their web site: www.socialworkers.org/loanforgiveness
Minnesota’s Loan Forgiveness & Repayment Programs recruit and retain health care professionals to needed areas and facilities within Minnesota. The Minnesota Loan Forgiveness Programs are entirely funded by the state of Minnesota and administered by the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care.
Licensed Clinical Social Workers fall under the classification of Rural or Urban Mental Health Professionals*: LICSW, LMFT, LPCC or Licensed Psychologist
*According to Minnesota Statute, a “rural designated area” is defined as outside the seven metro counties with the exception of Northfield, Hanover, Rockford and New Prague, excluding the cities of Duluth, Mankato, Moorhead, Rochester, and St. Cloud.
Urban Mental Health Professionals and Physicians Only: Underserved urban communities in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, Mankato, or Moorhead designated as a mental health or primary medical care health professional shortage area (HPSA) or medically underserved area (MUA), or with medically underserved populations (MUPs).
- MN Social Service Association (weekly job bulletin for members)
- Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Job Board
- Social Work Career Center, National Association of Social Workers
- CSWE GeroEd Employment Center
- Council on Social Work Education Employment Center
- The New Social Worker magazine’s Social Work Job Bank
- The Social Service Job Site
- Social Work Professional Organizations
- Indeed.com (recommended general job site)