Student Career Resources

As you work towards completing your degree, we’re here to support you with your next big step — advancing your career in a meaningful job that meets your needs.

On this page, you’ll find: the BUSSW Career Guide, license prep information and support, guidance on networking, job search resources, and more.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact your program’s student services team:

Online Program Student Services | Charles River Campus Student Services | Off-Campus & Hybrid Student Services

BUSSW Career Guide

The BUSSW Career Guide takes you through every step in the social work job search process, from preparing for your search to accepting a position.

You’ll learn all about the career resources available to you and find extensive guidance on choosing a career path, interviewing, cover letters and resumes, licensure, loan forgiveness, and more.

View or download: BUSSW Career Guide

Licensure Support

Most states require a social work license to practice clinical social work, and there are many benefits to licensure for macro social workers as well. The information provided below will help you navigate the process.

Loan Forgiveness

The Association of American Medical Colleges provides information on loan forgiveness programs in most states. For example, in some places, it may be possible for social workers working full-time in an underserved area at a community health center to be eligible for a repayment per year of service of $12,500.

Information about loan forgiveness programs not specific to social workers, but still possibly applicable, are available online. These programs include Americorps, Peace Corps, and National Health Service Corps, as well as other paths to forgiveness.

BU Connects

BU Connects is a platform exclusively for Boston University alumni, students, faculty, and staff that brings Terriers together for networking on a global scale. It gives you access to a networking directory, mentoring, industry and affinity groups, and job opportunities.

Other Resources

Find resources on the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) webpage.

Career resource workshop recordings available for download: