FAQ

Who is a student ambassador?

A student ambassador is part of a group of like-minded students who take part in community service and education courses centered on political engagement.  A student ambassador has a vision for social change and development, and a desire to empower people in the United States and across the globe.  Student ambassadors aspire to become ethical leaders, policy analysts, political social workers, community advocates, administrators, lobbyists, or better-informed clinicians.  Despite the diversity of career paths within the group, a student ambassador recognizes and understands that the next generation of social work requires innovative problem solvers– individuals who “think outside of the box” and create innovative solutions to our profession’s most pressing issues.
 
What does a student ambassador do?

The main role of the student ambassador is to serve as an ambassador for CRISP and the Student Advisory Council on their campus and in Washington, DC. Throughout the year a student ambassador will:

– Participate in monthly CRISP-sponsored professional development workshops and advocacy training exercises
– Engage in twitter chats and/or conference call discussions with social work researchers, leaders, and legislators
– Host at least one interest group meeting on their campus, typically in September – December
– Organize a local community service campaign with congressional offices near their schools
 
Am I eligible for the 2016-2017 Student Ambassadors Program?

To perform this job successfully, potential candidates must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability that will be required for student ambassadors.

– Must be enrolled in 6 or more credit hours per semester and stay enrolled throughout the academic year
– Demonstrated record of leadership and maturity
– Ability to work independently as well as a member of a team and as a group facilitator
– Possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills
– Strong written and oral communication skills
– Reliable and punctual
– Available to work on occasional evenings and weekends
– Must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher
– Have completed at least 1 semester (preferably two for part-time students) in a CSWE-accredited social work program
– Posses a sincere desire to represent the Council and CRISP
 
How long does the Student Ambassador Program last?

A student ambassador shall serve for a term of one (1) years unless removed by the Board of Directors or council members. The Ambassador’s term shall be the same as that of the academic year, generally from August – May.
 
How will the 2016-2017 Class of Student Ambassadors be selected?

A committee of 6-7 people will be formed to select the most qualified applicants for interview – one (1) member of the Congressional Social Work Caucus (dependent on availability), three (3) board members, two (2) SAC officers, and one (1) former student ambassador. Interviews will be conducted by phone or through online video chat by two (2) board members.
 
How many students are accepted into the Student Ambassador Program?

We anticipate accepting forty (40) applicants into the Student Ambassador Program.
 
Is the Student Ambassadors Program paid?

The Student Ambassador Program – like SAC leadership positions — is unpaid. Accepted students shall receive community service hours in exchange for participation. Each student ambassador will receive a plaque in recognition of their service, and one outstanding ambassador will be named the “Student Ambassador of the Year.”
 
With an already busy schedule that includes classes and field hours, how much time is required of a student ambassador?

The time that is required to be a student ambassador ranges from 4 -20 hours per week depending on the semester, student availability, and involvement. While students can create their own schedules for much of the work, they must be available to participate in workshops and meetings at the scheduled times. Students must also possess the ability to travel to Washington, DC during the Spring semester to participate in our annual Social Work Day on the Hill (typically held in March).