Social Work Ambassadors at the University of Illinois

The School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking highly qualified BSW and MSW students to serve as Social Work Ambassadors for the 2017 – 2018 academic year.

The goals of the Social Work Ambassadors program are to provide exceptional outreach and service throughout the School of Social Work, hone professional and leadership skills, and provide opportunities and experiences that will lead to personal and professional growth of the Ambassadors. Social Work Ambassadors are involved with activities and events related to recruitment, retention, outreach, and the social work profession for and with the School of Social Work.

Each year there are a limited number of positions available. The application process is competitive and we encourage students to review the following before considering:

  • Do you have a high level of personal and professional character?
  • Do you have a willingness and passion for developing leadership ability and exceptional professional social work skills and?
  • Are you enthusiastic about the field of social work, the School of Social Work, and the University of Illinois?
  • Are you reliable and willing to commit time each semester to be a part of a dedicated team that serves the outreach goals of the School of Social Work?
  • Are you a current BSW or MSW student in the School of Social Work?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you should consider applying.

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Benefits of being a Social Work Ambassador

  • Receive presentation training and demonstrate keen communication skills.
  • Personal and professional development opportunities.
  • Networking opportunities with School leadership, faculty, and alumni.
  • Excellent resume addition that provides concrete evidence to field placements and employers of your expertise.
  • Ambassador experiences also provide terrific talking points in field placement and employer interviews.
  • Once you become a Social Work Ambassador, you are able to continue until you graduate (as long as you remain in good standing within the organization).
  • Receive School of Social Work and/or Social Work Ambassador apparel (to be worn during events).
  • The opportunity to leave your mark on the profession while giving back to the School of Social Work and the University of Illinois.
  • Be part of a fun, exciting, and engaging team.

Responsibilities of a Social Work Ambassador

  • Participate in at least 3 Social Work Ambassador events each semester.
    • The events will vary in nature and could be presentations for a variety of audiences, School and/or campus tours for visitors, community outreach, high school and college outreach, contributions to the School of Social Work website, newsletter(s), and social media (i.e., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube). The majority of events for most Ambassadors occur on campus.
  • Ability to commit to at least two semesters (Fall and Spring) of Social Work Ambassadors membership.
  • Willingness to prioritize Social Work Ambassador activities when needed and ability to be flexible and responsive to the needs of the organization.

Application Process and Selection Criteria

  • BSW and MSW students must submit a complete application to be considered.
  • Applicants being considered for Ambassador positions will be asked to have a follow-up interview with School of Social Work leadership.
  • BSW students with Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing are eligible to apply. BSW students must have taken Intro to Social Work and received a B+ or better.
  • Both traditional and advanced standing MSW students are eligible to apply.
  • Previous BSW Ambassadors must re-apply to be part of Social Work Ambassadors.

The following criteria will be used when selecting Social Work Ambassadors for the 2017-2018 academic year:

  • Cumulative Social Work GPA of at least a 3.5 (BSW) or 3.6 (MSW)
  • Interview with leadership at the School of Social Work
  • Background, experiences, and demonstration of commitment to social work

There are a limited number of positions available this year and the application process is competitive. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Rachael Dietkus, LCSW, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the School of Social Work.