Experience in the field of social work is preferable, but not required, for admission into the MSW program.
However, applicants are expected to have explored the field of human services and, accordingly, direct experi-
ence is substantial evidence of knowledge of the profession. Your resumé will assist the admissions committee
in assessing your level of knowledge, experience and preparation for graduate social work education at USC.
Submit a resumé that details the following:
Current Work Experience
Please describe your current or most recent professional paid position. This position does not have to be
social work- related. Include the following details: company name, job title, dates of employment and
Professional Social Work Experience
Please describe any work you have done professionally in the field of social work or related fields. Include
the following details: agency name, position/title, dates of employment and responsibilities.
Volunteer Social Work Experience
Please describe any work you have done as a volunteer or intern related to the field of social work. Please
include the following details: agency name, dates of volunteer work, frequency (e.g., 10 hours/week, 4
hours/month) and responsibilities.
Please indicate any of the following: affiliations with professional organizations (e.g., National Association
of Social Workers) or honors/recognitions received.
Virtual Academic Center Scholarship applicants must highlight leadership experience on your resume. Please indicate the length of time for your leadership experience, the agency or community where your leadership efforts occurred and a description of your actual leadership activities.