Helping your students find social impact internships

January 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Many students want to make the world a better place, and you can help them by directing them to social impact internships. First, students will have to decide on a field of interest and the type of organization—government, nonprofit, or for profit. Then, whether they want a local, national, or international internship? Paid or unpaid?  After these questions are answered, suggest that your students begin by exploring the following:

  • The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has a motto, from Harm to Home. IRC is a global leader in emergency relief, rehabilitation, protection of human rights, post-conflict development and more. The organization offers internships worldwide from Somalia to Haiti and focuses on issues from child soldiers to refugees.
  • Have students who are artistic? Direct them to Design for Social Impact, an organization that provides progressive groups with design, online media, and communication strategies for public interest communication. Internships include graphic design and layout, writing and editing, marketing, campaign planning and more.
  • Located in Cambridge, MA, Root Cause is involved with cutting edge work in the exciting field of social innovation. Internship areas include Social Impact Research, Public Innovators, Social Innovation Forum, Knowledge Sharing, Business Development, and Root Cause Consulting.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution and the nation’s civil rights laws. A current ACLU project, the Immigration Rights Project, targets the nation’s largest impact litigation program, defending and expanding the rights of immigrants.
  • The Net Impact Job Seeker Center helps students incorporate positive social and environmental impact into their careers. Net Impact partners with employers to offer members exclusive internship opportunities with socially and environmentally responsible organizations, such as the Climate Corps program.
  • Project for Public Spaces is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people turn their public spaces into vital community places, with programs, uses, and people-friendly settings that build local value and serve community needs. Internships range from transportation to R & D and social impact analyst.
  • lists opportunities for internships with 5,900 nonprofit community organizations in 165 countries, ranging from Breakthrough Collaborative to American Chemical Society (Kids & Chemistry).
  • Making the Difference-
    Website provides information about federal government jobs and internships
  • Recommend that your students search for some of the best options. Simply type in Social Impact internships in the Search for Internships section. They’ll find lots of listings, such as office intern for a green and sustainable company and Feed My People, a group searching for a marketing assistant in a virtual internship.
  • To learn more about how your university can support social impact internships, review the Center for Social Concern at Johns Hopkins University, a full-service program.




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