Launch Your Career in Social Work with NASW
We all chose social work for different reasons, but as you will learn social work is not a 9 to 5 job and your commitment to social justice does not end when you leave work. Social work is more than a major, more than a job, more than a career – it is who we are!
If social work is a commitment to the greater good then why not, as students, continue to be part of your professional association – NASW? Being a member of NASW shows your commitment to the field.
Why join as a student? Because you will get access to full membership benefits to NASW and NASW-NC at almost 1/4th the price!
Building your resume? Build it with NASW!
Take advantage of one of numerous opportunities for leadership development as a NASW-NC Board student representative, Student Liaison, committee member, or volunteer at the local, state, or national level.
Lower prices for students on NASW-NC Conference registration fees! Conferences are a great way to gain new practice skills and information, as well as network with other students and social work professionals from all over North Carolina.
Join a community of professional social workers to build relationships, network professional contacts, and exchange ideas by participating at a local or state level.
Student Awards and Scholarships
Get recognized for excellence with one of NASW’s scholarship programs, competitive student internships, or award programs.
Concerned about your future after graduation? Take comfort in NASW!
Get access to NASW-NC Social Work Career Center plus only NASW members get full access to NASW JobLink to post resumes online and get notified when new listings are posted.
As a service to student members, NASW North Carolina Chapter staff are happy to help with your resume. If you would like a professional critique of your resume, please send the request with your contact information and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you within 30 days to discuss your resume and job search.
Social Work Licensure
In North Carolina, there are four levels of social work certification and licensure you can pursue. Each requires you to pass an exam before being awarded a license to practice social work in North Carolina. NASW-NC can help you prepare with a five-hour preparation course where you will the essentials of the exam, test taking skills and a study guide. Turn to NASW-NC while working for licensure for help with questions, finding a qualified supervisor, or obtaining the required continuing education courses.
Even if you are not going into private practice it is important to have liability insurance. Agencies often offer some liability insurance, but at the end of the day the agency has its own back. NASW members receive significantly discounted liability insurance through NASW Assurance Services, also available at the student level.
Educational debt is one of the greatest concerns facing the social work profession because it deters people from entering the field and makes public service careers less desirable. NASW has been working to secure student loan forgiveness legislation for social workers for many years.
After graduation, NASW continues to subsidize dues for student members. If you maintain continuous membership, you will be able to take advantage of the transitional category of membership after graduation. BSW student members who maintain continuous membership after graduation automatically enter a two-year transitional period with reduced dues of $94 each year. MSW student members who maintain continuous membership enter a three-year transitional period with reduced dues of $94 in the first and second years, and $143 in the third.
Taking a stand for social justice? Stand with NASW!
Advocacy for you AND your Clients
Learn about today’s legislative issues that are impacting the social work profession through email listservs, newsletter articles, and websites for the National NASW and for the North Carolina Chapter.
The Odd Couple? Social Work & Politics in North Carolina: Interested in a career as an advocate, lobbyist, or state legislator? Learn more about how your social work degree can lead you to a career in politics.
Write your state or national legislators with a few clicks of a button on the issues important to you through the legislative advocacy centers at www.socialworkers.org.
Get involved with NASW-NC PACE, helping to elect candidates and mobilize social workers to vote!
Attend NASW-NC’s Lobby Day and join hundreds of students and social workers from around the state in an annual expression of the POWER of SOCIAL WORK!
Click here to find out all of the benefits that NASW has to offer as a member.
Career Opportunities & Jobs