INTERNSHIPS & PRACTICUMS
The Alliance of Social Workers In Sports (ASWIS) is seeking graduate level social work students for distance internships, service learning, volunteer and field placement opportunities. ASWIS is a membership organization that aims to integrate social work into sports at all levels. Social workers have a unique skill set, including advocacy, case coordination, and counseling, that can be vital to “helping athletes win at life."
Students interested in distance learning opportunities should send a cover letter, indicating what type of opportunity they are interested in, and their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educators, service learning coordinators and field placement coordinators who are interested in learning more about this unique opportunity can also email the address above.
ASWIS internship, service learning, volunteer, and (distance) field placement opportunities include:
ASWIS Social Media Intern
This person will manage the ASWIS social media accounts (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube Channel). This includes actively tweeting, posting, following appropriate individuals, linking appropriate videos, and growing our list of followers. This person can also explore new social media platforms and share thoughts with members of the Executive Team. Executive Team members will provide oversight for this internship position.
ASWIS Job Center Intern
This person will help maintain the Job Center on our ASWIS website. This includes identifying existing jobs that social workers might fill in athletic departments and the sport industry. The individual interning for this task will search the NCAA Job Market, HigherEdJobs, Indeed, along with other search engines to update the job center on a weekly basis. Executive Team members will provide oversight for this internship position.
ASWIS Research Consortium Intern
This person will help maintain the Research Consortium on our ASWIS website. This includes completing a bi-weekly search of academic databases for recently published peer-reviewed articles related to social work in sports (e.g., mental health, sexual assault, coaching, etc.). A graduate student would be a perfect candidate for this position. Executive Team members will provide oversight for this internship position.
ASWIS (Distance) Field Placement
1 Learn The ASWIS culture, philosophy and background information needed to understand
organizational delivery of services (e.g., program components) and advance organizational goals;
2 Utilize multidimensional assessment skills to identify needs/gaps, recognize strategic intersects,
recommend targeted solutions and help deliver and/or orchestrate program strategies and
3 Perform project management duties including planning, scheduling, implementing, helping to
establish appropriate metrics to quantify results and impact and identifying and resolving root-cause
relationships/challenges and making recommendations (e.g., process improvement);
4 Document and report efforts (e.g., reports, presentations to management), attend assigned
meetings, events and work on other assigned projects;
5 Research: Identify and analyze “best practices” around nonprofit management of similar
profession-wide organizations by using a variety of data sources including in-person interactions,
telephone, internet, periodicals, etc., then compile findings into tracking documents;
6 Needs Assessment: Assist in conducting a needs assessment on the educational and training
needs of ASWIS members which may include creating, implementing and analyzing surveys to
make recommendations on trainings/webinars that could be offered to ASWIS members;
7 Strategic Planning: Utilize learning from research mentioned above and internship efforts to help
inform strategic planning efforts, improve the ASWIS and help follow the strategic plan;
8 Social Media: Manage ASWIS social media efforts and strategy which will include contributing
to messaging strategy, providing content/text for Twitter (“tweeting”), Facebook and YouTube
channel, as well as growing list of followers while also identifying new social media platforms.
Intern will analyze usage trends and make recommendations on how to improve ASWIS’ social
9 Membership Engagement: Assist in maintaining the membership database and lead membership
activities to recruit members to join ASWIS that may include making telephone calls, creating
social media posts and emails and following up, etc.;
10 Event Planning: Assist in planning, organizing and implementing annual social work in sports
conference and webinars including coordinating presenters and meetings, communicating with
presenters, managing and tracking logistical efforts and reporting progress to executive team;
11 Research Scanning: Help maintain the Research Consortium on ASWIS website which will
include completing a bi-weekly online search of academic databases for recently published peer-
reviewed articles related to social work in sports (e.g., mental health, sexual assault, coaching,
12 Job Sourcing: Help maintain the Job Center on ASWIS website which will include identifying
existing jobs that social workers might fill in athletic departments and the sport industry (e.g., search
NCAA job bank, search engines, weekly); and
13 Advocacy: Engage with state and federal legislators to influence policies impacting the lives of