School of Social Work: Career Opportunities


The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice (link)

Application Deadlines: available on website

The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice is designed to foster the advancement of social justice through participation in health care advocacy work that focuses on the unique challenges facing many low-income and minority communities. Through this fellowship, Families USA hopes to expand the pool of talented social justice advocates from underrepresented economic, racial, and ethnic minority groups, including the American Indian & Alaska Native, Asian American, Black/African American, Latino, and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Island communities.

The Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice (link)

Application Deadlines: available on website

Villers Fellows will be given the opportunity to work on a variety of health care justice issues during their year-long tenure. They will be exposed to different advocacy strategies, including producing analytic reports, disseminating effective messages through the media, sucessful coalition building, e-advocay techniques and an understanding of the federal legislative process. The Villers fellow works in Families USA's Health Policy department.

Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship (link)

Applications will be accepted from January 1, 2012 until April 30, 2012. Awardees will be notified by June 29, 2012.

Applications are now being accepted for the Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications to reduce tobacco use among what the American Legacy Foundation calls Priority Populations*. Priority populations are those populations who are disproportionately targeted by the tobacco industry, or who often lack the tools and resources to combat smoking in their communities.

Potential Career Paths for Social Workers

Social workers assess, counsel and aid individuals and families with problems relating to finances, employment, food, clothing, child care, housing, or other human needs and conditions. The focus is on action to help people effect positive change in their lives. They refer clients to community resources, arrange care for special needs people, investigate home conditions, work with applicants to determine their need for public assistance, and place children in foster or adoptive homes, institutions or medical treatment centers. Hawaii Pacific University offers the degrees of Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) and Master of Social Work (M.S.W.).  Both are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. (Adapted from material prepared by The University of Alabama Career Center)

Possible Areas of Specialization

  • Child or adult protective services
  • Health care
  • Child welfare or family services
  • Mental health
  • Clinical (individual and family counseling) –MSW required
  • Criminal justice
  • Social agency administration

Possible Employment Settings

  • Adoption agencies
  • Nursing homes
  • Businesses and Corporations
  • Police departments
  • Child welfare agencies
  • Prisons/correctional facilities
  • Community mental health centers
  • Private practice
  • Probation offices
  • Courts
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Family service agencies
  • Public welfare agencies
  • Foster care organizations
  • Schools/school districts; colleges and universities
  • Labor unions
  • Senior centers
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • State and federal legislatures

Online Resources