Social Work Department
College to Career
While at Marist, social work students are provided a range of experiences to explore their career opportunities, including one-on-one mentoring with faculty, visits from alumni, panel discussions by local social workers, and a regular professional development series on contemporary social work concerns. In this way, social work majors learn about the varied and diverse job fields that await them after college.
Social work graduates generally enter the workforce, participate in a gap year program, or pursue graduate education.
BSW graduates often obtain entry-level social work positions, and many have been offered jobs as they are approaching completion of the senior internship. Some local Dutchess County and Orange County agencies that have hired our seniors include the Center for Child Abuse Prevention, Children's Home of Poughkeepsie, Astor Early Intervention Services, New Horizons, Abilities First, The Pines Skilled Nursing Facility, and Orange County Safe Homes.
There are a growing number of students who take advantage of service programs or scholarship programs, rather than go right on to graduate school. Students have applied to AmeriCorps, City Year, the Peace Corps, and the Fulbright Scholarship. Currently, we have one student who is working on a community-based economic development project in Cottonwood, Arizona with AmeriCorps.
The majority of our BSW graduates go straight to graduate school. Students have attended graduate programs in social work across the country including, Adelphi University, Boston University, Columbia University, Fordham University, Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work, Lehman College, New York University, Tulane University, University of Connecticut, University of Denver, University of Maryland, and University of Pennsylvania, to name a few. The BSW degree is a solid bachelor's degree, and students who decide that social work is not the career path for them have been accepted into programs such as Columbia University's public health program, University of Denver's dance therapy program, and Pratt University's art therapy program.
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