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Get Involved at NC State!
Enrich your student experience by getting involved in extracurricular activities and honor societies on campus! Here are some options available to our students:
- Baccalaureate Student Social Work Association (BSSWA) for undergraduates; Graduate Student Social Work Association (GSSWA) for graduate students: These membership organizations complement the academic requirements by networking students with practitioners and undertaking service projects in community.
- BackTrackers: An organization that recognizes, embraces and supports the diversity of NC State nontraditional undergrad and grad students. We’ll help you find a place to belong, and a way to begin to build a strong network of friends. We provide opportunities to connect with other students in similar life stages. Our group members provide support, share study tips and resources, participate in a book exchange and offer ideas on ways to incorporate academic demands around other commitments. Read the article by The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity.
- Child Welfare Collaborative: The North Carolina Child Welfare Collaborative strengthens public child welfare services in the state by increasing the numbers and diversity of well-trained BSW’s and MSW’s working in local Departments of Social Services. Students complete a Child Welfare course and seminar as well as complete their internship in a Child Welfare agency.
- Epsilon Kappa Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society: The Epsilon Kappa Chapter of Phi Alpha National Honor Society was established in 1995 to recognize social work students who excel academically. Once inducted, Phi Alpha members must complete service projects, attend meetings and pay dues.
- Men in Social Work: We provide a network and resource for men in our department and our male alumni. We create a rapport among students and alumni to support males interested in pursuing social work careers.
- GLBTCA: The GLBT Community Alliance is NC State's student group dedicated to promoting equality and unity for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Questioning, and Straight Ally students, faculty and staff on our campus and in our community.
Meet Some of our students and how they Think and Do
Where There’s a Will …
Thomasina Williams is willing to step outside the familiar. A social work major, wife and mother of two, she’s the first member of her family to attend college. And this summer, she packed her bags and traveled to Italy, where she learned Italian and studied the history and culture of a land far from home. She says she’s a changed person, and glad for it.
Students Conduct Hunger Research in the Dominican Republic
MSW students visited medical facilities and orphanages in the Dominican Republic to evaluate Stop Hunger Now’s impact.
Melding Business Entrepreneurship With Service
Social work major Meredith Davis leads NC State’s chapter of Nourish International, an organization that invites college students around the country to address global poverty. “I love that I’m getting entrepreneurial experience while I’m also serving people,” she says. “That’s something I’m passionate about doing.”
Get in the Field
As a Social Work student at NC State, you’ll think and do by applying what you learn in the classroom in the field. Our undergraduate and graduate students complete their field practicum at diverse placements ranging from nonprofits to social services agencies. We believe your field practicum is the most essential component of your social work education. Our prep for field courses help you identify your interests within the field and then our field coordinator(s) will assist you with finding the right placement. Weekly supervision and field seminar will help you reflect on what you’re learning and how best to work with different clients and in different scenarios.
Think of your advisor as your professional guide to your academic and professional careers. Advising is a partnership between you and your advisor that is grounded in frequent and ongoing communication regarding personal goals, self-knowledge and information concerning the social work profession, your studies, and how university policies pertain to you and your academic career.
While academic advising is a collaborative process, the ultimate responsibility for your educational experience resides with you, the student. Get to know your advisor and be sure to stay connected throughout your time here at NC State!
Get the Financial Aid You Need
Fellowships, scholarships and financial aid are available to all students. Be sure to submit documents early when applying as there are many students who apply for these programs.
Newly admitted students must pay their advanced enrollment deposit immediately after accepting admission into NC State. Keep in mind that your advisor will not be able to see any of your information until 24 hours after you have paid your advanced enrollment deposit.
All students have the option to make payments on your NC State tuition bills by using the Tuition Management System. This payment plan, allows students to make five small payments towards their bill. Visit the link provided for further details.
In the event that a student is denied financial assistance, students have the opportunity to appeal for the aid they were denied. Contact your financial aid officer or academic advisor for more information.
All our students engage in research that matters.
Undergraduates can work alongside a faculty mentor with support from the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Graduate students and faculty members work together across disciplines that support our graduates into their careers.
Talk to your advisor about how you can get engaged with research.
Social Work Student Success More Stories
2018 MSW Graduate, Ron Scott, Making a Difference in the Drug Recovery Court
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Stories that Inspire Us: Deaf, Non-Traditional, Working Mother and Grandmother Earns BSW
For many traditional first-year students and incoming transfer students, their most pressing concerns are figuring out the NC State Wolfline schedule and distinguishing one brick building from the endless rows of seemingly identical brick buildings. When Lisa Fowler arrived on […]
NC State Alumn, Chris Campau and the Triangle's First ‘Recovery High School'
When people think of those struggling with Substance Use Disorders, rarely do they think that such an uphill battle will lead to a person finding their professional calling. Yet, this is the case for NC State alumn Christopher Campau, who […]
Social Work Student Briana Garcia, her Prestigious Scholarships, and Women of Color Travel Blog
During August of 2017, rising social work senior Briana Garcia was awarded the prestigious Gilman and Travelers Scholarships to fund her fall 2017 study abroad experience to Chile. The Gilman Scholarship or “the U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman […]