Description: International social work is a discrete field of practice within social work that seeks to improve the social and material well-being of people everywhere. It is practiced across geopolitical borders and at all levels of social and economic organization. International social work also is development-focused in areas such as child rights, foreign assistance, gender equity, healthcare, immigration & refugee rights, environmental justice, and human rights.
Typical Career path: MSW
Sample Job Titles: Research Associate, Policy Associate, Climate/Energy/Environmental Program Specialist,
Licensure: A clinical license is not required for most entry-level positions. Most operate successfully with their MSW degree credentials.
Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), Commission on Global Social Work - CSWE
IFSW (International Federation of Social Workers) - IFSW
ISPP (The International Society of Sustainability Professionals) – ISPP
LinkedIn Groups – Virtual networking forums and groups certainly provide value within corporate enterprise. Consider following several groups for trends, networking opportunities, job connections and more!
Social Work Research and Evaluation Practice Group – International
National Association of Social Workers – NASW’s Official Group
University of Denver: Graduate School of Social Work
There are a number of salary scales available online; however, these resources are recommended. The US Dept of Labor does not recognize a specific category for International Social Work.
US Bureau of Labor and Statistics website*The US Dept of Labor does not recognize a specific category for International Social Work.
Job Boards: Most often social workers find job opportunities directly on the website of the organization in which they have an interest in working. Additionally, these job boards also provide opportunities within this career field including:
Undoc Help - Some individuals interested in international populations are also interested working with immigration rights/refugee populations within the states. This resource connects Colorado's Undocumented Community to meaninful support services.