Opportunities for Students & Social Workers

Social Work Ambassadors

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Social Work ambassadors receive the opportunity to become leaders among students in the CSU School of Social Work. Ambassadors will gain an additional layer of knowledge of school values and procedures with which to assist current and incoming students’ understanding of the program, from initial transition to opportunities within the major and their community. Responsibilities of Social Work Ambassadors include:

  • Attend department lectures on the first Monday of each month
  • Help plan and staff at least three informational School of Social Work tables at specific events each semester (i.e. CSU Orientation/Ram Welcome)
  • Maintain the SWA/Ambassador corkboard in the School of Social Work office twice per semester with assigned groups, updating the board with pertinent event information and photos, including National Awareness Month information (September=Hispanic Heritage Month, October=LGBTQA+/Black History Month, November=Native American Heritage Month, December=National Aids Awareness Month, etc.)
  • Present in other classes and at functions throughout the semester as assigned, educating fellow students about upcoming events

The application deadline for the 2018 calendar year (Spring & Fall) is Friday December 1, 2017.

Social Work Ambassador Application

Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work

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Phi Alpha Honor Society serves to provide a closer bond among students of social work, and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.

The eligibility requirements for undergraduate students include:

  • Declared Social Work as a Major
  • Achieved Sophomore status
  • Completed 9 semester hours (12 quarter hours) of required social work courses
  • Achieved an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Achieved a 3.25 GPA in required social work courses

The eligibility requirements for graduate students include:

  • Completed 9 semester hours (12 quarter hours) of required social work courses
  • Achieved an overall GPA of 3.5

If you meet the above standards, we invite you to join Phi Alpha, the Honors Society for Social Work. Benefits of membership include:

  • Recognition of academic excellence, which can be listed on graduate school applications and resumes
  • Honors cord worn at graduation, a certificate and a lapel pin
  • Eligibility for scholarships, grants and awards through the National Phi Alpha office
  • Opportunity for fellowship with other students and faculty through local chapter events

International Opportunities for Students and Social Workers

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Inequality. Discrimination. Oppression. Privilege. Study abroad?

Yes, study abroad is about exploration and travel…but it’s also about cultural immersion and personal growth. Experiential learning in another country can improve your skills in problem-solving, communication, and adaptability. If you want to broaden your horizons while building your resume to make yourself more marketable to future employers, we have an opportunity for you!

The School of Social Work sponsors two faculty-led education abroad opportunities. Our programs highlight social work practice through cultural immersion:

You do not need to be a Social Work major to enroll. Scholarships and financial aid are available. For more information, contact: