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NASW Welcomes Student Members!

Social work student membership is open to anyone currently enrolled in a CSWE-accredited social work degree program, or a program eligible for candidacy. Students are eligible for the BSW and/or MSW student membership category for each of the four years for each degree received.

NASW student members may apply for discounted professional liability insurance for student field placement.

NASW members represent the very best of social work in academia, practice, research, and policy. Through NASW, we have a larger voice and more influence with elected leaders, policy makers, and employers to make critical changes that support the social work profession and society. Join as a student member today!

Watch for NASW student events on the third Thursday each month, 6:00-7:30 pm ET.

Upcoming dates in 2022: (Register here)

  • October 20

  • November 17

  • December 15

Visit SIGs

Visit the NASWVA/DC Metro Chapters Special Interest Groups (SIGs) page to learn about a unique benefit to students and members of NASW.

To learn more about NASW and why you should join, download this presentation.

To see Student Benefits, visit this link.

To join NASW at the national and state level, visit this link.

The MyNASW Student Community can be a lively resource for your student members and an easy way to give your students access to resources and a network of helpful seasoned social workers.  It’s a valuable addition to the support you offer students locally, and it’s FREE!

Schools of Social Work in Virginia


To be a social worker, one must have a degree in social work from a college or university program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The undergraduate degree is the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). Graduate degrees include the Master of Social Work (MSW) and the Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) or PhD. An MSW is required to provide therapy. For information about accredited schools of social work, contact the Council on Social Work Education at 1600 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA22314, 703-683-8080,

For a current list of accredited programs (searchable by state, level, and concentration), click here.

NASW Virginia offers a student ambassador opportunity for each school year. Applications are currently closed, check back frequently for more student opportunities, including internship and volunteer opportunities.

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is currently accepting 2023-24 applications for The Memorial Scholarship Fund for Social Work Education started by the Hampton Roads Association of Social Workers.  


Applicants should be long-time Virginia residents pursuing graduate study in social work. They should have financial need and show a commitment to the field of social work through their education, volunteer activities or employment.


Students may visit our website at and follow the instructions for submitting an online application. Applications are due by March 1, 2023.

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