Graduate School, Loan, and Job Information

Employment Information

Our department faculty often hear about job openings for graduates. Look here for updates.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Competition for social worker jobs is expected in cities, where demand for services often is highest and training programs for social workers are prevalent. However, opportunities should be good in rural areas, which often find it difficult to attract and retain qualified staff. By specialty, job prospects may be best for those social workers with a background in gerontology and substance abuse treatment.

Employment of social workers is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through 2014. The rapidly growing elderly population and the aging baby boom generation will create greater demand for health and social services, resulting in particularly rapid job growth among gerontology social workers. Many job openings also will stem from the need to replace social workers who leave the occupation.

Paid and Volunteer Internship Opportunities

The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota is looking interns from various majors, including social work.

Camp Odayin, the only camp in the Midwest for children with heart disease, provides a place for kids to be kids — regardless of ability level, scars, or scope of disease. The camp strives to create an exceptional camping experience through water sports, horseback riding, arts and crafts, bonfires, and more. Check the link for information about volunteering.

International Internships

St. Olaf’s Piper Center for Vocation and Career has information about opportunities abroad for credit.


The Minnesota School Social Workers Association offers a scholarship for an undergraduate or graduate student thinking about the profession of school social work. Contact Jeri Nomeland with questions. Applications are available in the Social Work and Family Studies office.

Loan Forgiveness Opportunity

The College Cost Reduction Act of 2007 provides loan forgiveness for first responders, law enforcement officers, firefighters, nurses, public defenders, prosecutors, early childhood educators, librarians, and more. Read more here and here.