Education, Nonprofit, Social Impact

Education, Nonprofit, Social Impact

Green Hall 448B
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Tel 781-283-3789

The Education, Nonprofit, & Social Impact (ENSI) Career Community is a space for students and alumnae interested in purpose-driven work, whether that be through teaching and education, nonprofit administration, philanthropy, social work and counseling, advocacy and activism, community development and planning, or countless other sectors that address society’s big challenges. Wellesley’s rigorous liberal arts education and commitment to service provide students and alumnae with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in these fields and prepare them to emerge as ethical leaders ready to make a real difference in their community.
ENSI careers take many forms and often cut across sectors, but are united by a common orientation towards addressing complex social issues, whether on an individual, community, or global scale. Students and alumnae in the ENSI career community are often involved in matters such as educational reform, racial justice, homelessness and housing rights, poverty, sustainability and climate change, mental health, gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights, food security, and community development. This work can occur in the classroom, through direct service organizations, within activist and advocacy spaces, or through research, policy, and assessment. No matter the setting, the ENSI community presents countless opportunities to precipitate social change.
Students and alumnae are encouraged to get started by exploring the resources below and scheduling an appointment in Handshake to meet with Katy Ryan, the Career Community Advisor for Education, Nonprofit, & Social Impact.



Education Resources

From K-12 to Higher Ed, the resources below examine careers in the broader Education field.

Nonprofit Resources

Nonprofits are mission-driven organizations dedicated to addressing a particular social issue or advocating for a cause. These resources provide an overview of the vast nonprofit sector, which includes numerous industries and many job functions.

Social Impact Resources

The ENSI community presents countless opportunities to precipitate social change. In addition to exploring the Nonprofit & Education resources above, learn more about the vast Social Services field through the resource below, and watch the recording of our 2019 Gather for the Greater Good Industry Panel.

Education, Nonprofit, Social Impact

Green Hall 448B
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Tel 781-283-3789

Office hours 

Appointments can be scheduled in Handshake for Mon–Fri.


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Top Job Functions

Class of 2018 Top Job Functions in the Education, Nonprofit, and Social Impact Community
Education / Teaching / Training
Community & Social Services
Fundraising & Event Management
Customer/Technical Support
Library Science
Environmental / Sustainability

ENSI Graduates in the World

What they studied Where they work What they do
Art Studio & German Studies Fulbright Austria US Foreign Language Teaching Assistant
French & International Relations — Economics Embassy of France Assistant Language Teacher
Women's and Gender Studies NYC Department of Education Community Outreach Coordinator
Anthropology Nanjing Normal University English Teaching Fellow
Art History Notre Dame Academy of Maryland Development and Annual Giving Coordinator
Computer Science The Park School of Baltimore Computer Science and Robotics Teacher
Anthropology Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Support Associate
Biological Sciences & Spanish City Year Associate
Comparative Literature Blair Academy English Teacher
Cinema & Media Studies Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library Monographs Assistant
English Massachusetts Climate Action Network Local Clean Energy Organizing Fellow
Environmental Studies Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Watson Fellow
French French Cultural Center Library Assistant
Environmental Studies Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) — North America Training Associate
Political Science Women Deliver Content Writer
Neuroscience Phillips Brooks House Association Nonprofit Management Fellow
Anthropology Quaker Voluntary Service Patient Outreach and Activities Coordinator
Peace and Justice Studies Facing History and Ourselves Program Assistant for Strategy, Operations, & Staff Development
Peace and Justice Studies Peace Corps Teaching English, Leadership, and Life Skills (TELLS) Volunteer
Japanese Language and Culture Harvard Kennedy School Program Assistant — Development, Women & Public Policy Program
Art Studio The Posse Foundation, Inc. Research Associate
Biological Sciences National Audubon Society Conservation Research Intern
Peace and Justice Studies Immigrant Justice Corps Paralegal
Psychology The Network/La Red Hotline Relief Staff Member
Media Arts and Sciences Peace Corps Secondary Math Teacher
Neuroscience AmeriCorps AmeriCorps VISTA
Political Science Wellesley College Knafel Fellow
Biological Sciences Harvard Medical School Researcher
International Relations — Political Science Asia Society Events Administrator
Political Science Southern Environmental Law Center Legal Administrative Assistant
* Highlighted outcomes from 2018 graduates

“Investors don’t have to choose between making money & making the world better... Today’s smart money is investing in people and the planet.”

“We have authored research documents on a wide range of labor issues, from exploitative employment contracts in textile factories to sexual harassment on tea estates.”

Wellesley Career Education Signature Internship Programs

Lorraine Hanley ’98

Wellesley College Internships are funded internships with organizations who maintain ongoing partnerships with the College to offer intern placement with them every year. Our program partners are leading cultural, educational, and scientific institutions; international agencies; media outlets; advocacy and community organizations; and businesses both within the United States and in countries around the world.

Wellesley Career Education Summer Internship Grants (Stipends for Student-Identified Placements)

Lorraine Hanley ’98

Through the ongoing and generous support of our donors, the College is able to offer funding to support unpaid internships which students identify on their own. Many award recipients pursue internships in nonprofit organizations focused on education and other community development areas, but funding is available for opportunities in other sectors both within the United States and internationally, as well. In addition to the stipends, Wellesley Career Education staff provide ongoing professional development and career education training throughout their summer experiences.

“Detroit has opened my eyes to the role of the built environment in creating a sense of place for its inhabitants.”

20 Questions to Jump-start Your Career Exploration

College Career Mentors

In this resource, you will find questions meant to prompt your career exploration. Take time to reflect on each question as a strong understanding of oneself will be essential in order to effectively navigate the twists and turns of your unique career path. Get to know your values, personality type, strengths and interests. These all deeply inform your satisfaction with career choice.