The DiNitto Career Center is here to assist you with your organization’s staffing needs. We welcomes the opportunity to establish partnerships with organizations and individuals interested in providing meaningful opportunities for our students and alumni. For more information, please see below or email dccs@austin.utexas.edu or call us at 512-232-7362

Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to work with the DiNitto Center?

All services to employers are free!

What types of organizations list positions with the DiNitto Center?

We have helped nonprofit, government agencies, private clinics, public schools, and foundations access our pool of talented students and alumni.

What skills social work students and alumni have?

The rigors of pursuing a degree in social work provide our students and graduates with:

  • Dynamic problem-solving skills.
  • A results-oriented attitude coupled with skills in time management, self discipline, and self-motivation.
  • The ability to work independently and as a team leader or group member.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.

Ranked among the top-10 in the nation, the Steve Hicks School of Social Work offers programs leading to the BSW, MSSW and PhD degrees.

Social work is a profession that provides opportunities for service to individuals, families and communities in diverse settings such as private agencies, hospitals, schools, private practice and local, state and federal government agencies, including the legislature. Bachelor’s level social workers build careers as caseworkers, school social workers, probation officers, community organizers or program directors. Master’s level social workers have a variety of job titles including agency director, clinical therapist, crisis intervention counselor, trainer/consultant, geriatric specialist, program developer, policy analyst and program administrator.

How do I post a job position with the DiNitto Center?

The DiNitto Career Center offers employers the ability to post jobs directly to students and alumni. We encourage you to register your agency on our Steer Your Career platform. Created with you in mind, this new site provides participating employers the ability to:

  • Post and manage an unlimited number of jobs.
  • Set parameters for your job openings.
  • Receive email reminders when a candidates applies for a job and when your posting is about to expire.
  • Conduct a search of qualified candidates, field resumes, and set up interviews.
  • Register online for our non profit and government career fair.
  • Much more!

All job submissions are reviewed and approved/rejected based upon the information contained in the postings. Postings must adhere to the following criteria:

  • All jobs posted must be career-related/professionally-oriented and require candidates pursuing or already possessing a university degree.
  • All job postings must be paid or salaried. If you have an unpaid internship, please see how to post an unpaid position or contact us.
  • Third-party recruiters (e.g., employment agencies) may post specific positions as long as the hiring client’s info is fully disclosed. Third-party recruiters may not post general advertisement(s) to solicit candidates for their services.
  • In accordance with UT System Regent’s Rules & Regulations, job postings with the following requirements are ineligible (see campus-wide policy here for details):
  1. Positions requiring or asking employees to market products/services on the UT Austin campus. Examples include campus brand ambassador and similar positions.
  2. Fee-based programs. Examples include fee-based training programs, fee-based placements or positions requiring the purchase of supplies or a training kit.
  3. Postings advertising events, services or programs (e.g., career fairs, test prep, etc.).

Can I post unpaid positions?

The DiNitto Center is committed to building partnerships with employers to help students find and fill valuable internship positions. Internships that are posted via the DiNitto Center are not eligible for academic credit.

Agencies that are interested in developing an academic internship program or fill an intern vacancy for a student to receive academic credit should contact the Office of Field Education at ssw-field@austin.utexas.edu or (512) 471-6207. You can also download this informational brochure.

Internship Guidelines

The following guidelines are based on information gathered from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Position Statement on U.S. Internships, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Guidance Letter and the policies of Steve Hicks School of Social Work.

The DiNitto Center welcomes career-related and professionally oriented internships from any social service organization or agency. Internships are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. These are minimum general requirements:

  • The internship must be relevant to the social work profession. We do not accept administrative, clerical or non-professional internships such as receptionist, clerk, wait staff, babysitter/nanny).
  • The internship must assign meaningful projects.
  •  The internship must provide a professional, established working environment with a strong learning component.

What happens after I submit a position listing?

Your job or internship posting is listed in our employment bulletin platform, Steer Your Career. We also publicize your opportunity to students via our weekly Career Services SPOTLIGHT email listserv bulletin. Interested students will contact you directly per instruction in your listing.

Can my organization hold an information session?

The DiNitto Center for Career Services offers two distinct opportunities for your organization to connect directly with our students and alumni:

  • Nonprofit Fair: In the spring semester we host the nonprofit and public agency career fair in conjunction with other career services departments across the campus. This fair offers agencies an opportunity to discuss volunteer, internship and employment opportunities with students, alumni, and the local Austin community.
  • Individual session: The DiNitto Center offers a unique meeting space for agencies that want to hold information sessions or are looking to fill multiple openings. We are available to coordinate and publicize a group or individual interviews for your organization.

Please contact us for more information at dccs@austin.utexas.edu or by calling 512-232-7362.

What is a community sponsorship?

The DiNitto Career Center seeks community sponsorship for our signature Career Services events, including the Annual Career Toolbox, Speed Interviewing, and Capstone events. Sponsors have the opportunity to showcase their services and employment opportunities to our students.

Silver Sponsorship Level: $50
Highlighted job opportunity in the DiNitto Center’s newsletter, Facebook page and LinkedIn Group
The University of Texas at Austin tote bag

Gold Sponsorship Level: $100
Highlighted job opportunity in the DiNitto Center’s newsletter, Facebook page and LinkedIn Group
The University of Texas at Austin tote bag and mug
Opportunity to have a member serve on an Employer Panel

Platinum Sponsorship Level: $150
Highlighted job opportunity in the DiNitto Center’s newsletter, Facebook page and LinkedIn Group
The University of Texas at Austin tote bag and mug
Opportunity to have a member serve on an Employer Panel
Complimentary registration for a DiNitto Center event (ex. Service Learning Fair or Career Fair)
Onsite table at the Steve Hicks School of Social work for a day

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please complete our sponsorship form here and a member of our staff will reach out to you with details.

For more information, contact Jennifer Luna at jennifer.luna@austin.utexas.edu

Can I find volunteers through the DiNitto Center?

We don’t offer this service but the Center for Community Engagement serves as The University of Texas at Austin’s central resource for those interested in volunteerism and service-learning throughout the UT and Austin communities. We encourage you to register your organization and post your volunteer opportunities with them.

Career Services Equal Employment Policy

Employment recruiters who wish to make use of the assistance and/or facilities offered by School of Social Work DiNitto Center for Career Services must agree with the following equal opportunity policies.

Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of The University of Texas at Austin to provide an educational and working environment that gives equal opportunity to all members of the university community. In accordance with federal and state law, the university prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, including sexual harassment, age, disability, citizenship, and veteran status. Procedures for filing discrimination complaints on the basis of gender, including sexual harassment, are addressed by HOP Policy 4.B.2. Pursuant to university policy, this policy also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

The University of Texas at Austin is committed to this policy in the operation of the DiNitto Center for Career Services and the services of this office are available only to employers who conform to this policy in hiring. Any complaint that an interviewing employer does not conform to this policy with regard to hiring will be investigated to determine whether such practices have indeed occurred.

By entering your first and last name in your Steer Your Career account and/or by registering to recruit at our events, you agree to the following statement:

I have read and understand the above statement on the non-discrimination policy of The University of Texas at Austin and the DiNitto Center for Career Services. It is my intent to consider all applicants on the basis of merit and not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, including sexual harassment, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in compliance with the above policy.