Social Work Student Success

Real-world experience

The best way to get a feel for the day-to-day life of a professional social worker is through experience. With your own eyes, you can experience social work in action through observations and internships.

USF partners with more than 50 social service organizations, including:

  • Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
  • Aunt Martha’s Youth Center
  • Family Shelter Service
  • Cook County Juvenile Court
  • Spanish Center
  • Catholic Charities
  • Hospitals
  • Health care programs
  • Schools


A bachelor’s degree is usually the minimum requirement for entry-level social work jobs. As such, USF courses such as Social Policy, Social Work Research, Social Work Practice and Human Behavior and the Social Environment tackle current issues in today’s social work field.


Don’t forget – internships provide prime opportunities for career networking.

USF students annually attend Joliet ‘s “Take Back the Night” community event to increase awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence and consequences for victims. Students also travel to Springfield each year for Social Work Advocacy Day where they meet social work students around the state, meet with legislators and seek social service reforms through the legislative process.

Ten students had the once-in-a-life-time opportunity to attend the 25th Annual Social Work Day at the United Nations, March 31, 2008 in New York City, celebrating social workers and their empowerment of individuals and community, as well as their life-saving work around the world. Students got a chance to learn more about the U.N. and the critical role social workers play in addressing issues of social and economic justice throughout the international community.

On any given day, you will find social workers in a variety of settings working to “help people help themselves.” Take a moment to learn more about social work by visiting: