Nonprofit and the Public Sector

Oberlin students with an interest in putting theory into practice for the public good and social justice may pursue careers in the nonprofit and NGO sectors.

Students of all majors and disciplines go on to work as professionals in fields like environmental sustainability efforts, social services, public humanities, and philanthropy.

Possible Paths

Students with a liberal arts education are well situated to respond to a range of pressing issue areas, including:

  • Civil liberties and rights
  • Cultural preservation
  • Food systems and food justice
  • Gender equity
  • Homelessness and housing rights
  • Immigrant rights
  • LGBT rights
  • Mental health care
  • Poverty
  • Racial justice
  • Sustainability and environmental protection

Internships will offer experience in fields such as:

  • Community and global development
  • Conservation
  • Education access
  • Political campaigns
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Fundraising/organizational advancement
  • International service
  • Outreach and communications
  • Public history
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) youth programs