Welcome to the School of Social Welfare career resource page which contains customized resources and information for all KU students and alumni interested in pursuing a career in social work.
Find Social Welfare Jobs
There are a number of great resources available to help you in your search for a job in social work. Some of the best sites are listed below:
- KU Career Connections is an online resource for KU students and alumni to search for job and internship opportunities, post their resumes for employers to view, and sign up for on-campus interviews.
- Kansas Works is a service of the Kansas Workforce Centers and is a centralized database of jobs inKansas (including state government and private firms).
- Idealist is an online resource for those seeking employment in the nonprofit sector. Idealist offers job and internship postings in addition to a large, searchable organization database and other helpful resources.
- Nonprofit Connect offers a host of nonprofit employment resources for the Kansas City metro area, including job and internship listings, salary information, and a non-profit career guide.
- Social and Welfare Services in Lawrence, KS lists local social services agencies and organizations in the Lawrence area as well as a link to the organization’s website.
- Social Welfare Employer Referral List (pdf) lists agencies and organizations that have indicated an interest in receiving résumés from graduating students or alumni from KU with degrees in Social Welfare or related fields. The fact that they are listed here does not necessarily mean they have current vacancies, but they would like to consider you for any current or future opportunities.
- Additional Social Welfare Job Resources contains additional social work job listing sites and resources that may be helpful in your job search, especially if you are interested in relocating outside of the Kansas City metro area.
Prepare for the Job Search
When searching for a job, it's important to present yourself in a professional manner through your resume and cover letter materials, interviews, as well as at networking events. Remember, your initial contact with a prospective employer forms a lasting impression, so make sure it is a positive one. The UCC offers several resources and services to help you project a professional image at every stage in your job search process. Below are links to some of these resources.
Connect with Social Work Employers
The University Career Center hosts a number of career fairs and events each year at which you will have the opportunity to meet prospective social work employers. These events include:
- Volunteer Fair (September 5, 2012 10:00am-2:00pm, KS Union, 4th Floor Lobby) - connect with volunteer and philanthropic organizations in the Lawrence community
- Public Service Career Fair (October 23, 2012 3:30-6:00pm, Dole Institute of Politics) - meet recruiters from Federal, State and local government agencies, their direct-support agencies and various non-profit organizations
- Education Career Fair (November 7, 2012 12:30-3:30pm, KS Union Ballroom) - explore future job opportunities in PK-12 education and to network with school administrators from over 60 school districts from Kansas and Missouri and from across the country
- Internship & Summer Camp Fair (November 13, 2012 3:30-6:00pm, Adams Alumni Center) - network with local, national, and even international employers regarding internship and summer camp opportunities
- University Career Fair (February 13, 2013 2:00-6:00pm, KS Union Ballroom) – meet with employers, graduate schools, and professional schools and visit with them about career opportunities and their organizations
- Education Interview Day (March 5, 2013 8:30am-3:00pm, KS Union Ballroom) - network and interview with multiple school district officials for current openings in all teaching fields, including school social work. Over 60 school districts from across Kansas, Missouri, and a number of other states will be in attendance.