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Macro Social Work Practice: MSW

Macro Social Work practice at the MSW level promotes social justice by working collectively within or among community groups and non-profit agencies to solve social problems in the neighborhood, workplace, or community. The Macro MSW Social Worker engages in critical thinking and strategic planning to organize, administer, and evaluate social service and economic programs for oppressed and disadvantaged populations. Specific duties include needs assessment, proposal writing, record keeping, budgeting, supervision, systematic evaluation, and financial management. A critical aspect of Macro program development is collaboration with a diverse group of city and regional planners, public administrators, public health care providers, and lawyers, as well as agency board members and community leaders from various interdisciplinary backgrounds.

Introductory Guide to Macro Social Work:


Employment Opportunities

Opportunities for Macro Social Work at the MSW level include positions in non-profit social service agencies, charities, faith-based community organizations, philanthropies, state and local government social service departments, public and private elementary and secondary schools, and as legislative aids in federal and state government.  There are multiple opportunities with international non-government organizations (NGOs) and United Nation affiliates, such as United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).


Student Opportunities

DATE POSTED: 10/31/17

ADVOCACY SCHOLARS Program, Michigan State University

For the Program Flyer:


Social Work Student Activism Competition, Social Work Education: The International Journal

DEADLINE: January 22, 2018

Student activism competition with cash prize from Social Work Education

Are you students engaged in activism? Social Work Education: The International Journal is again having a student activism contest and the winner could win 500 pounds - currently about 650 dollars! There are also prizes for 5 runner-ups. The deadline for submissions is January 22. See the blurb and link below for more details. I know our students do great work and this is a chance for them to be recognized!


Following a successful launch last year, Social Work Education: The International Journal is delighted to be able to run the student competition again in 2017/2018. We invite entries from groups of or individual social work/social care/social welfare students from across the globe who are involved in practical, advocacy and/or campaigning projects with their local communities or in support of vulnerable groups.  These projects should promote social justice, challenge stereotypes and make an impact on the lives of both the people that they seek to support, and on students’ understanding of themselves and of the role of social work in the 21st century. Entries should report and/or promote these projects, and make reference to the part played by social work/social care students.

Susan Mapp, Ph.D., MSSW

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Professor and Chair, Dept. of Social Work

Elizabethtown College