Washington Calling


The DiNitto Center for Career Services has launched Washington Calling, a week-long career development seminar in Washington, D.C. for social work students to meet with and learn from area alumni, explore federal internship opportunities, and learn more about job prospects in policy, advocacy, clinical work, and professional organizations.

The application period has closed. Thanks everyone who applied or wrote a recommendation. Please stay tuned for 2019 Washington Calling!

Program Objectives

Participating students will:

  • Learn about career opportunities for social workers in D.C. in the areas of policy, advocacy, and clinical practice
  • Learn about job prospects in settings such as think tanks, policy institutes, professional organizations and international NGOs
  • Learn about the Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)
  • Explore internships and fellowships at the federal level
  • Meet social work alumni and learn how they are using their knowledge and skills in their jobs
  • Network and socialize with D.C.-based alumni
  • Flights: The group will travel from Austin Bergstrom Airport to Washington, D.C., Reagan National via Southwest Airlines.
  • Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott – Embassy Row at 1600 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.
  • Transportation: Lodging is centrally located. Most seminar sites can be reached via public transit and walking.
  • Student Cost:  Students who are accepted into the program are required to contribute $200. All other costs will be covered by the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. (There may be a student-led fundraising component in the Spring semester—more information forthcoming).

Applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled in The University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work
  • Not be eligible to graduate before May 2018
  • Return completed application and the following materials to the DiNitto Center: dccs@austin.utexas.edu by 5:00 pm CT, January 26th, 2018
    • Washington Calling application
    • Current resume
    • Two recommendations: one from UT SHSSW faculty member and the second from university faculty, staff and or current/former supervisors
    • A 700-1000 word essay addressing how a learning experience in Washington D.C. would fit in with your educational and career goals, and why you feel like it is important for social workers to work in Washington D.C. Please include a running header with your full name.

Contact Information:
DiNitto Center for Career Services
(512) 232 – 7362