Career Exploration and Development

Careers with Social Impact

Careers with Social Impact encompasses a vast range of fields, including human and social services, nonprofits, environment and sustainability, racial and social justice, and social entrepreneurship. Employment within nonprofit organizations and the public sector draw on a wide range of skill sets, so students of all majors and disciplines can go on to work as professionals in fields like environmental sustainability, social services, public humanities, and philanthropy.  

Vilmarie PerezVilmarie Perez (she/her) serves as Assistant Director for Career Readiness and advisor to the Careers with Social Impact Career Community. She is also the liaison to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), undocumented students, the Office of Disability and Access, Sophomore Opportunities and Academic Resources (SOAR), and the integrative concentrations in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Schedule an appointment with Vilmarie (Career Exploration and Development - Careers with Social Impact Advising).

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The following resources were compiled by Foundation List and provide a variety of job search databases related to non-profit and public sector careers.

  • Foundation List – A job board specifically designed for listing opportunities within the nonprofit employment sector! Its mission is to connect foundations, organizations, associations, and educational institutions to passionate mission-minded job seekers.
  • Nonprofit Career Network – Created to fill the needs of the nonprofit sector.
  • Idealist – Idealist is all about connecting idealists – people who want to do good – with opportunities for action and collaboration.
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy - An independent news organization that has been serving leaders, fundraisers, grantmakers, and others involved in the philanthropic enterprise for more than 25 years.
  • Green Dream Jobs – A world where human activities live in harmony with the earth’s carrying capacity.
  • Work For Good – Work for Good’s mission is to help purpose-driven organizations and talented professionals connect, so together you can do the best work possible.
  • – An online gathering place where not-for-profit employers and management personnel can meet one another.
  • – Job site for social work, counseling, psychology, mental health, case management, EAP, volunteer management, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence, community development, youth development, child welfare, developmental disabilities and all other areas of social services.
  • Social Work Career Center – Career website where social workers can search national job listings and find professional development and career resources that span across the duration of a social worker’s professional career. 
  • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) - Non-profit organization devoted to connecting professionals with careers at higher education and affiliated employers that have a shared mission to promote equity and inclusion, support dual-career couples and create a future shaped by diversity of thought and perspectives.
  • Devex – A social enterprise, they connect and inform 700,000+ global development professionals through news, business intelligence, and funding & career opportunities.
  • Council on Foundations – A nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations, with a mission is to promote responsible and effective philanthropy.
  • Philanthropy News Digest Job Board - Philanthropy News Digest (PND) gathers philanthropy-related articles from various media outlets nationwide, and PND hosts a nonprofit job board on their website. 

Additional Job Boards

Connect with alumni through OberLink, Oberlin's student-alumni networking platform. Join the Career Community for Careers with Social Impact to engage with members from all over the world in various social impact-related fields.

To facilitate equitable access to career development, CED provides reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities during career advising appointments. Accommodations may be requested when scheduling an appointment or by sending an email to

To learn about accessibility resources at Oberlin, check out the Office for Disability and Access.

Careers with Social Impact Jobs & Internships

Below is a sampling of jobs and internships currently posted for Obies. Log in to Handshake to explore all of the available opportunities.