What does a social worker do?

Every day people deal with terrible situations, from drug addiction to divorce to unemployment. Think about that for a moment. If, instead of feeling depressed, you’re thinking, “Yes, but all of these people can improve their lives, given the right resources,” then a career as a social worker might be the one for you.

A social worker gets paid to help people. But this job isn’t going to fulfill some dreamy notion you might have about changing the world; this is about being realistic. Your basic role as a social worker is to connect people with the tools that will help them make progress in their lives. So you have to know a lot about various government and nonprofit programs, who’s eligible for which ones, and what’s going on in your clients’ communities in general.

You might work for a government agency, hospital, school, nursing home, or private company. You might deal with family disputes, alcoholism, behavioral issues in children, re-entering the workforce after a prison sentence, or a range of other situations. Whatever your specialty, you will act as a listener, counselor, coach, researcher, and project manager for your clients.

Working with such intense issues every day can be emotionally draining, so you need to take good care of yourself. Your emotional maturity helps you do your part to guide people through this messy world.

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Social Worker Internship
Special Children Support Center Foundation or SCSC Foundation
New Brunswick, NJ
unpaid Internship
20 days ago
Special Children Support Center Foundation or SCSC Foundation
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New Brunswick, NJ
unpaid Internship
20 days ago
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Community Social Worker
Home Base Collaborative Family Counseling
Manchester, NH
Internship
269 days ago
Home Base Collaborative Family Counseling
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Manchester, NH
Internship
269 days ago
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Social Worker
Lucky Palliative services, Inc./Palliative Care
Canoga Park, CA
Internship
305 days ago
Lucky Palliative services, Inc./Palliative Care
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Canoga Park, CA
Internship
305 days ago
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Clinical Social Worker
Serenity Health Care Services
Suffern, NY
Internship
301 days ago
Serenity Health Care Services
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Suffern, NY
Internship
301 days ago
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Social Worker
Pathfinder Support Services
Hastings, NE
paid Internship
188 days ago
Pathfinder Support Services
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Hastings, NE
paid Internship
188 days ago
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Community Social Worker
Home Base Collaborative Family Counseling
Concord, NH
Internship
268 days ago
Home Base Collaborative Family Counseling
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Concord, NH
Internship
268 days ago
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Social Worker
ANOTHER CHANCE BEHAVIORAL CONSULTANTS LLC
Houston, TX
paid Internship
201 days ago
ANOTHER CHANCE BEHAVIORAL CONSULTANTS LLC
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Houston, TX
paid Internship
201 days ago
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Social Worker
STOP
Shelton, WA
paid Internship
208 days ago
STOP
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Shelton, WA
paid Internship
208 days ago
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Community Social Worker
Home Base Collaborative Family Counseling
Nashua, NH
Internship
256 days ago
Home Base Collaborative Family Counseling
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Nashua, NH
Internship
256 days ago
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Social Worker, LMSW
ANOTHER CHANCE BEHAVIORAL CONSULTANTS LLC
Houston, TX
Internship
246 days ago
ANOTHER CHANCE BEHAVIORAL CONSULTANTS LLC
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Houston, TX
Internship
246 days ago
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Community Social Worker
Home Base Collaborative Family Counseling
Keene, NH
Internship
256 days ago
Home Base Collaborative Family Counseling
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Keene, NH
Internship
256 days ago
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Community Social Worker
Home Base Collaborative Family Counseling
Rochester, NH
Internship
268 days ago
Home Base Collaborative Family Counseling
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Rochester, NH
Internship
268 days ago
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Community Social Worker
Home Base Collaborative Family Counseling
Concord, NH
Internship
226 days ago
Home Base Collaborative Family Counseling
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Concord, NH
Internship
226 days ago
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Social Worker
Pathfinder Support Services
Grand Island, NE
paid Internship
180 days ago
Pathfinder Support Services
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Grand Island, NE
paid Internship
180 days ago
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Social Worker (MSW)
Partners in Care Foundation
San Fernando, CA
Internship
300 days ago
Partners in Care Foundation
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San Fernando, CA
Internship
300 days ago
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