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Community Engagement

Career Services

Career Coaching

The Career Services Office offers individual career coaching appointments for social work students and alumni. Our careers team, which includes staff and graduate student interns, will help you clarify your goals, provide you with tools and resources for the job market, and help you identify a social work career pathway.

To make an appointment, log-in to your Handshake account, click “Career Center,” select “College of Social Work Career Services” and click “Appointments.” From there, you will be able to schedule an appointment with a SWK career coach.

All Ohio State undergraduate, graduate, professional and post-doctoral students have free access to Handshake through their email address. For questions regarding your Handshake access, please email

*Please note that if you require any accommodations such as live captioning or interpretation, please contact Requests made two weeks before the will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.


Schedule an Appointment via Handshake

Career Center: Launching Fall 2024

The College of Social Work Career Center is a comprehensive resource hub for students and graduates, providing them with various forms of support and resources to navigate their career paths effectively. All students and graduates can easily access professional development and career service opportunities. The center will offer a friendly environment and flexible hours.

Trainings & Workshops

  • Résumés/cover letters
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Salary negotiation
  • Licensure preparation
  • Job Search and Handshake review
  • Leadership opportunities

Individual Coaching Sessions

  • Goal setting
  • Résumé/cover letter reviews
  • Mock interviews
  • Job search
  • Salary negotiation

Additional Student Services

  • Computer stations for licensure practice exams
  • Samples of social work-related résumés/cover letters
  • Access to licensure study guides and flash cards
  • Quiet space to conduct virtual interview
  • Small licensure study groups
  • Small supervision groups
  • Fall and Spring Career and Field Expo Fairs
  • Careers Closet to access professional clothing for field placement and job interviews
  • Space for employer sessions and onsite interviews

Latest Job Opportunities


Career Services Events

  • 2/6 – Career and Field Expo In-Person Fair
  • 2/11 – Career and Field Virtual Fair

Student Alumni Mentorship Experience (SAME)

Get involved with the College of Social Work’s Alumni Mentoring Program. As an Ohio State University student, you have access to an extensive alumni network both in Columbus and around the globe.


Do you want to:

  • Develop a meaningful, professionalvrelationship with a College of Social Work alumnus?
  • Receive career and professional development advice?
  • Discuss issues facing the social work profession today?
  • Earn additional field hours and a certificate of completion?

Apply to become a CSW SAME Mentee by Sept. 30 – Submit your application


Do you want to:

  • Offer guidance, support, and professional development to the next generation of social workers?
  • Build a meaningful, professional relationship with a current College of Social Work Student?
  • Discuss issues facing the social work profession today?
  • Give back to the College of Social Work community and earn a certificate of completion?

Apply to become a CSW SAME Mentor by Sept. 30 Submit your application

Job Search Tool

Finding a job that can become a career is the ultimate goal of your studies at the OSU College of Social Work, and we want to do everything we can to present and facilitate new opportunities for our social work graduates. Ohio State utilizes Handshake, which is a platform for employers to post jobs and students and graduates to search for jobs.

Access Handshake as a student.

Careers Closet

Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Located in the basement of Stillman Hall, 009A.

Ohio Social Work Licensure

Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board

Contact Career Services:

Katie Justice, MSW, LISW-S, Director of Career Services
Pronouns:  She/Her/Hers or