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Career Day

On Monday, March 25, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the UNC School of Social Work will host an in-person Career Day job fair. Career Day is open to all UNC MSW students and is a great opportunity for students to connect with potential employers and network with local organizations. Recruiters, you can meet our talented MSW candidates who will be graduating this May.

Each spring, the School hosts Career Day with opportunities for social work students to meet with recruiters from all types of organizations that hire social workers — social service agencies, schools, hospitals and other health care providers, nonprofit organizations and more.

The 2024 Career Day will be the first in-person job fair at the SSW since 2019. In 2019, more than 120 students and 55 human services organizations participated in Career Day.

For MSW Students at UNC School of Social Work

Career Day is an opportunity to explore different career interests, learn more about the job market, and practice your interviewing skills. We encourage all students at our School to attend, even if you are not graduating in May and looking for a job. Most social work-related organizations have opportunities for both community management policy and practice and direct practice concentration students.  As you are planning to visit recruiters during career day please consider what your passion is and look at organizations that are in the social work practice areas relevant to your personal and professional goals.

If you are currently enrolled at UNC School of Social Work, you do not need to register for Career Day in advance. Remember to bring extra copies of your resume and dress as you would for an interview.

More information for enrolled students is located on the SSW MSW Intranet site 2024 SSW Career Day.

For Social Work Recruiters

If you are representing a human services organization that is interested in hiring social work graduates, we invite you to participate in Career Day, even if your organization does not have a current opening. By talking with our students about your organization, you can help our students learn more about the needs of employers, and you can interest them in future openings. We also encourage our professors to talk with recruiters about emerging trends in the workplace.  If you are interested in hosting MSW practicum students, indicate that on your registration form and our practicum education faculty will meet and greet you at your table.

You must register in advance. We have a limited number of booths available for Career Day.

Generally, recruiters arrive for set-up by 10 a.m. Students visit each organization’s booth 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (box lunches are available for recruiters in the hospitality room from noon to 1 p.m.). The day concludes with a free continuing education workshop (optional) for recruiters from 2-4 p.m. After the workshop, the School will provide workshop participants with a certificate documenting two contact hours.

Each organization will have its own table or booth space. We will provide parking for one car and lunch for two recruiters per organization. There is a $10 fee per additional recruiter.

If you cannot participate in person but want to share your promotional materials with students on Career Day, please ship them to UNC School of Social Work (ATTN Beth Sauer), 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

2024 SSW Career Day Logistics for Recruiters

Directions to the UNC School of Social Work, parking, walking and shuttle route are available online.

Career Day Schedule for recruiters:

  • 8:30-10:45 a.m.
    • Drop off passengers and display materials in the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIE) Lab located in the lobby at Tate Turner Kuralt Building.
    • Parking at Dogwood Parking Deck:
      • Walk back to SSW or take the complimentary Carolina Livery shuttle (the shuttle will have a “UNC SSW Career Day Shuttle” sign in the window) from the Dogwood Parking Deck (parking pass is in your folder in a white envelope) to the SSW.
      • Recruiter registration on the first floor lobby near elevators.
      • Pick-up a continental breakfast in the SIE Lab in the lobby.
      • Set up your table and display items.
  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    • Career Day Recruiting on third and fifth floors in the the SSW.
  • Noon to 1 p.m., Lunch (One representative remains, then switch)
    • Noon to 12:30 p.m. — Lunch for first half recruiters, pick up in the SIE Lab
    • 12:30-1 p.m. — Lunch for final half recruiters, pick up in the SIE Lab
  • 1:30-2 p.m.
    • Wrap up recruiting/take down table display material.
    • If attending the ethics presentation store your display materials in SIE Lab on the first floor and proceed to check-in at the auditorium in the lobby.
    • If leaving you can wait for the Carolina Livery Shuttle at the stop across the street from the SSW starting at 2 p.m. or walk back to the Dogwood Parking Deck
  • 2-4 p.m.
    • Check-in at the workshop registration table and attend your free ethics presentation, Whose Ethics? Implications of Identity, Power & Worldviews in Social Work Ethics,” by Neil Bilotta in the SSW Auditorium on the first floor.
    • After the presentation, pick up your workshop certificate at the table outside the auditorium.
    • The complimentary Carolina Livery Shuttle will run after the workshop until 5 p.m. at the stop at the State Employees Credit Union across the street from the SSW to the Dogwood Parking Deck.


April Parker, MSW, LCSW
Director of Student Development and Leadership
Clinical Assistant Professor

Beth Sauer