Education, Nonprofit, & Social Impact

Education, Nonprofit, & Social Impact

Green Hall 448B
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

The Education, Nonprofit, & Social Impact fields are ways 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 Advisor for Careers in Nonprofits and Social Impact or Hayley Meredith McIlvaine, the Advisor for Careers in Education.



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

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

Office hours 

Appointments can be scheduled in Handshake for Mon–Fri.


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Top Job Functions

Class of 2019 Top Job Functions in the Education, Nonprofit, and Social Impact
Education / Teaching / Training
Lab Work / Science
Community & Social SErvices
Design / Art
Operations / Production
Business Development
Writing / Editing

ENSI Graduates in the World

What they studied Where they work What they do
Political Science & Spanish Women Deliver Content Writer
Computer Science & Music Wellesley College Research Fellow
Peace and Justice Studies & Education Studies Peace Corps Teaching English, Leadership, & Life Skills (TELLS) Volunteer
Classical Civilization & Economics Minnesota Historical Society Guest Services Assistant
Biological Sciences National Audubon Society Conservation Research Intern
Media Arts and Sciences Peace Corps Secondary Math Teacher
Economics & Political Science Fulbright Association Fulbright Scholar
Biological Sciences & Economics University of California, San Diego Laboratory Research Associate
Neuroscience & South Asian Studies Health Effects Institute Research Assistant
Art History Brooklyn Museum Administrative Assistant in the Director's Office
Political Science & Computer Science Southern Environmental Law Center Legal Administrative Assistant
Women's and Gender Studies & Biological Sciences Medical Care Development, Inc. Project Assistant
International Relations-Political Science Asia Society Events Administrator
Neuroscience & Education Studies Phillips Brooks House Association Nonprofit Management Fellow
Art Studio & Education Studies The Posse Foundation, Inc. Research Associate
Political Science & Women's and Gender Studies YWCA of Northwest Ohio Campus Outreach Specialist
English & Mathematics Teach for America Corps Member
Neuroscience & Anthropology Fulbright U.S. Student Program Research Assistant
English & Italian Studies Massachusetts Climate Action Network Local Clean Energy Organizing Fellow
Neuroscience AmeriCorps Americorps VISTA
Art Studio & German Studies Fulbright Austria US foreign-language teaching assistants
Anthropology & Education Studies Nanjing Normal University English Teaching Fellow
Japanese Language & Culture & Women's and Gender Studies Harvard Kennedy School Program Assistant - Development, Women and Public Policy Program
Peace and Justice Studies & Education Studies Facing History and Ourselves Program Assistant for Strategy, Operations, and Staff Development
Astrophysics Thomas J. Watson Foundation Watson Fellow
Biological Sciences & Anthropology Mass Energy Consumers Alliance Green Energy Intern
Sociology & Philosophy Teach For America Educator
Psychology & Women's and Gender Studies The Network/La Red Hotline Relief Staff Member
* Highlighted outcomes from 2019 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.”

“I use my International Relations and Sociology background to foster conversations with delegates, industry leaders and community members through my first passion—events! Getting to know what excites me led me to creating a brand that I truly love, Black America Summit. We host cross-cultural conversations to unite, educate and inspire Black Americans and allies around potential solutions to phenomena impacting Black America.”

Ravitch Public Education Summer Internship (2021, remote)

Lorraine Hanley ’98

The Diane Silvers Ravitch ‘60 Public Education Summer Internship offers a student the opportunity to engage in educational policy and practice work through the Boston Public Schools Office of the Superintendent.

Wellesley Grants Program: Application Process & Timeline

Lorraine Hanley ’98

This resource page offers in-depth details about the Grants Program application process, timeline, and selection process. For an overview of program eligibility & opportunities, visit the main page for the Wellesley Grants Program.