Supporting Social Work Careers
GSSW Student and Career Services
At the Graduate School of Social Work, you’re never a number. We know you by your name and your story. We’re there for you, from your first day of orientation through your job search after graduation and your career as an alumnus. Our team is dedicated to cultivating community and supporting students in developing and enhancing their academic and professional skills while also ensuring that student resources — such as accommodation for learning differences and disabilities, health and counseling — are available and accessible. We provide Student and Career Services Support to help you nurture self-care, make a career plan, connect with peers and the community, and have some fun along the way.
- Learn about and connect to resources within GSSW and across DU, in order to support your overall student experience.
- Participate in conversations with professionals currently working in the field to gain insight into career paths as they relate to labor trends utilizing social work skills.
- Develop professional communication skills and job search strategies necessary for entering the job market.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GSSW now offers additional start dates and program tracks for the Two-Year and Advanced-Standing Denver Campus MSW Programs. Start the program in September 2020 or January 2021. Learn More and Apply Now.
Whether you’ve already identified your dream job or are still exploring your options, we’ll help you to articulate the skills, knowledge and experiences gained at GSSW to be a competitive applicant in the social work job market. We emphasize social work career development through:
- One-on-one career advising and special events
- Assistance with resumes and cover letters and support organizing the job search
- Help with internship application strategies
- Connections to a network of more than 9,000 GSSW alumni
- Tailored mock interview and salary negotiation practice
- Insight on the Colorado licensure process
- Using LinkedIn to build a personal brand
The GSSW Student Experience
Here, community is central to everything we do. We have dedicated student spaces to enhance community — spaces where students study, participate in group projects and socialize. We’re a warm, welcoming community of scholars that truly like one other — we even eat lunch together! We also provide a variety of social work student events, and the University of Denver campus is rich with sports, arts, culture, recreation and wellness opportunities as well. Our community also is enriched by six social work student organizations that give you an opportunity to build your leadership skills, network with other students and the community, attend conferences and advocate for your class.
Social Work Student Organizations
Shades of Brown Alliance
The Shades of Brown Alliance strives to offer an affirming, supportive and encouraging environment for all individuals of color, allies, staff, faculty and alumni of GSSW to learn, voice, escape, mature and positively confront and address the issues people of color experience as a part of the GSSW experience.
Phi Alpha Honor Society
A national social work honor society, Phi Alpha provides a closer bond among social work students and promotes humanitarian goals and ideals. MSW student membership in GSSW’s Xi Delta Chapter of Phi Alpha is based on grade point average and adherence to the National Association of Social Workers code of ethics. The Xi Delta chapter encourages members to participate in community service.
Queer Equality Alliance
Queer Equality Alliance is a space for queer folx and allies to sustain community, educate others, and advocate for liberation in order to create a radical sense of belonging and culturally responsive inclusivity at GSSW and the broader community.
ECO (Environment + Conservation + Opportunity) Conscious promotes conservation and environmental justice in the GSSW community and beyond by focusing on three critical goals: 1) educating and enlisting the DU community to use Earth’s resources responsibly, 2) fostering greater connection with Earth through opportunities to explore and enjoy nature, and 3) advocating for political change for environmental justice through organized action.
Graduate Student Association
The Graduate Student Association organizes community events, provides conference scholarships, shares student concerns with GSSW leadership and provides a forum for GSSW students to discuss issues that concern them.
Social Workers for Social Justice
The Social Workers for Social Justice organizes the GSSW community to support and participate in grassroots anti-oppressive community action. For example, they educate students on ways to engage in anti-oppressive action in their daily lives, attend social justice events and team up with local organizations to support their efforts.
January 2022 Start AS & 2Y Denver Campus MSW Program Regular Application Deadline