Professional Opportunities

Summer Associate - The Rockefeller Foundation (several positions)

Upturn - 2024 Summer Fellowship

NYC Economic Development Corporation -  Summer 2024 Internship Program (several positions)

Rutgers University Eagleton Institute of Politics - Eagleton Graduate Fellowship Program


Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow - The Shift Project (Cambridge, MA)

Research Project Assistant - Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)

Workplace Relations Analyst - United Nations Development Programme: UN Women (New York, NY)

South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) - Program Coordinator (Philadelphia, PA)

Content Marketing Manager - Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (New York, NY)

New York Policy Manager - African Communities Together (New York, NY)

Officer, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Pew Charitable Trusts (Washington, DC)

Civil Rights Investigators - New Jersey Attorney General's Office (Newark, NJ)

Public Health Partnerships Coordinator - CeaseFirePA (Philadelphia, PA)

Sr. Student Program Associate - The Roosevelt Institute (Washington DC)

Senior Manager, Public Policy Communications - The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (Washington, DC)

Research Manager - Research Collective (remote)

Program Coordinator - More Than Food Consulting (remote)

Save the Date: NASW National Conference
"Social Work: Leading Social Change"
Presented by the National Association of Social Workers
Wednesday, June 19 - Saturday, June 22, 2024
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
"Experience the meeting of the profession and join more than 2,000 social workers, and like-minded professionals at the 2024 NASW National Conference. It will provide unparalleled opportunities in professional development, continuing education, networking, and thought-provoking conversations tackling the most pressing issues facing the social work profession across the world."

More information and details coming soon!

Upcoming Events
Bridging the Gap Between Researchers & Government Agencies

Thursday, February 1, 2024 

Bloustein School, Civic Square Building, Room 261
33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

"Local governments of all sizes are facing increasing threats to their fiscal and economic health, community well-being, and environmental resources. These agencies often will work with researchers to determine how best to address these challenges.

This panel, hosted by the New Jersey State Policy Lab, will include presentations from Elizabeth Bell, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs, and Aaron Deslatte, P.D., Associate Professor at the Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Each will discuss their experiences handling researcher-practitioner partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies and provide recommendations for better tailoring research incentives in universities with research needs in communities."

A continental breakfast will be offered at 9:00am!

Click here to register for this free event!
So You Need to Write a Research Paper in Your Social Work Class
Presented by Rutgers University Libraries

Monday, January 29, 2024

"How do you find some books (and why you might want to)? What are the best databases to use to find scholarly articles on topics of interest to social workers? How do you find reputable, non-partisan research reports? What about data?? And APA citations??? Need answers? Join Natalie Borisovets, the Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian/Newark Bibliographer!"

Register for the free event here.
The Campaign School at Yale University Training: The Basics
Presented by The League of Women Voters of Livingston & The League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area

Saturday, February 3, 2024
11:00am - 3:00pm 
In-person, Livingston, NJ
location available after registration
$5 for students, $25 for general admission

"The League of Women Voters of Livingston, NJ and the League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area, NJ are proud to sponsor TCSYale's The Basics, the premier one-day training for those interested in learning how to best prepare to run for office, work on a campaign or effectively lead on an issue in their community.

The Campaign School at Yale is a non-partisan, issue neutral political campaign training program.  It is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization.  For further information about TCSYale: The Basics, please visit"

A light lunch will be served!

Register for the event here.

National Updates
The New Migrant Shelter Hurdle: Waiting for the City to Call No. 14,861 - The New York Times

“New York City has a unique “right to shelter” that requires it to provide a bed to every homeless person who asks. In recent weeks, however, for increasing numbers of migrants, the guarantee has become something that exists only on paper. The Legal Aid Society, which monitors the city’s compliance with the right-to-shelter mandate, said on Monday that it had been told by the city that on any given night, 800 to 1,000 migrants are left on the waiting list, and that the average wait for a bed is more than eight days. City officials declined to confirm or contradict the numbers cited by Legal Aid.”

Florida’s GOP-controlled House passes strict social media restrictions for minors - POLITICO

“Florida’s Republican-led House overwhelmingly passed legislation Wednesday that would create some of the strictest social media prohibitions in the country by cutting off anyone under 16 years old from many platforms. Still pending approval in the Senate, the proposal is a top priority of Republican Speaker Paul Renner on his conservative agenda to safeguard children in the state alongside a bill curbing access to adult websites, which lawmakers also passed Wednesday.”
Black Medicaid patients more likely to be hospitalized for preventable conditions: Analysis - The Hill

“The new analysis by the Urban Institute found that Black Medicaid enrollees were “significantly more likely” to be hospitalized for preventable reasons than white patients. Preventable conditions included asthma/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes and heart failure…The analysis found that 12.7 percent of Black patients among those who were previously diagnosed with heart failure and could enroll in Medicaid through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program had a preventable hospitalization. This is nearly twice the rate of white enrollees, of which about 7.2 percent experienced preventable hospitalizations.”
Laws are trying to move beyond an environmental justice checklist - PRISIM

“[Christian Poulsons] community in South Park prides itself on being one of the city’s most culturally and racially diverse neighborhoods. But it is also the most overburdened with environmental pollution like black carbon and heavy-metal concentrations. That’s from three freeways, two international airports, an international seaport, and the dozens of manufacturing facilities along the Duwamish River—a 5-mile Superfund site flowing with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), arsenic, and other carcinogens...As a policy analyst for the Duwamish River Community Coalition (DRCC), he started looking at a new approach to regulating pollution that centers health. People in other frontline communities around the greater Puget Sound area were doing the same.”

Local & Regional Updates
NJ launches free at-home nurse visits for moms, newborns - NJ Spotlight News
“‘Postpartum care is as important as prenatal care,’ said Assemblywoman Shanique Speight. Speight (D-Essex) joined advocates to welcome the official launch on Tuesday of Family Connects NJ, a program offering at least three in-home visits by a nurse to mothers and their newborns. The program is designed to be open to everyone, regardless of income, insurance or immigration status. Only Oregon offers something similar. Its most vocal proponent, first lady Tammy Murphy supported the concept before she announced her run for U.S. Senate. The challenge — overcoming problems posed by inequity.

County jail conditions — ‘hazardous even to a dog’ — spur calls for independent oversight - New Jersey Monitor

“The water at the Mercer County Correction Center runs brown, if it runs at all. Some days, it’s shut off for hours, forcing the people incarcerated there to forego showers, get drinking water from a garden hose, and wait to use the toilets. The jail has no laundry, leaving inmates to wear the same unwashed jumpsuits for months or wash their own clothes in mop buckets. Flies and larvae infest the bathrooms, toilets routinely spew raw sewage, and black mold darkens the walls. The jail’s conditions are ‘not even fit for animal livestock,’ an inmate wrote in a federal civil rights complaint he and about 10 other inmates filed against the county in 2022.”
NJ Transit plans to raise fares 15% on July 1, with more hikes to come - Gothamist

“NJ Transit said on Wednesday it plans to raise fares statewide for its bus and train services by 15% starting July 1 — the transit agency's first proposed fare hike in nine years. NJ Transit also said it plans to hike the price of rides by 3% annually starting in 2025. As of July, a one-way train ride from Princeton Junction to Penn Station in New York would go up …from $16.00 to $18.40. A one-way bus ride from Toms River to the Port Authority in New York would rise…from $21.25 to $24.40.”

Murphy Administration Announces $75 Million for Emergent and Capital Needs Projects in School Districts - NJ Office of the Governor

“The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) and the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) … announced $75 million to provide funding for emergent construction and capital needs in school districts throughout the state. Districts can use these funds for emergent or capital maintenance projects or to offset eligible project or maintenance costs incurred this fiscal year. Funding may be directed toward projects such as addressing site upgrades, HVAC repairs or replacement, renovations to the building envelope (masonry, roofing, etc.), safety and security needs, as well as building maintenance activities.

Highlight of the Week

Governor Murphy's administration commissioned a report to analyze "more than 240,000 contracts involving more than 60 different state agencies from mid-2015 to mid-2020, with construction, professional services and goods and services" to observe "significant disparities in the number of contracts awarded to minority- and women-owned businesses." - NJ Spotlight News

Some key findings provided by NJ Spotlight News of the report include:
"Minority-owned businesses — defined as having Asian, Black or Hispanic owners — received less than 4% of the dollars awarded for prime construction contracts worth between $65,000 and $5.7 million despite making up nearly 30% of the pool of available construction businesses."
"Women-owned businesses were less than 10% of prime contractors for professional services contracts worth between $40,000 and $800,000, even though they represented nearly 40% of the available businesses for such work."
"Minority-owned businesses also received just over 4% of the money paid to prime contractors for goods and services contracts worth between $40,000 and $360,000, even though they represented more than 23% of the available businesses."

Review the full report here.

The Social Work Policy Network's e-newsletter is created by:

Katie "Dash" Barany, MSW/MPP Graduate Student, Network Research Assistant
Dr. Lenna Nepomnyaschy, RU Associate Professor, Network Founder