A Day in the Life: Policy Analyst in a Nonprofit Advocacy Group (Energy)

8:00 AM: Arrive at the office and start the morning with your daily review of the news wires to see what developments are afoot in the energy world:  corporate merger rumors, congressional legislation proposals, updates on the latest accounting scandal, announcements by a foreign …

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How to be involved in Environmental Impact at Amherst and Beyond

A 2021 study conducted by the Pew Research Center shows that 37% of Gen Zers say addressing global climate change is a top concern to them personally. The growing awareness of climate change, sustainability, and energy conservation has created a …

By Brianne LaBare
Brianne LaBare Peer Career Advisor
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Top 5 Careers that Promote Civic Engagement

Civic engagement careers range from hands-on community engagement efforts to matters of the law. Professionals in these broad interdisciplinary fields are involved with developing, enacting, interpreting, or applying laws and policies at the local, state/regional, national or international levels. They …

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6 Grad Schools to Create a Life-Long Career in Humanitarian Efforts & Social Justice

In addition to working for nonprofits, education, and government careers, students looking to gain more experience consider graduate schools that specialize in social justice efforts. From San Francisco State University to the University of Massachusetts, there are many options to …

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Alumni Spotlight: Luke Murumba ’05

Civic-Minded

At an early age, Murumba’s refugee parents, who hailed from Uganda, instilled a reverence for civic impact that would later define much of Murumba’s journey in the civic impact field.

Murumba continued his pursuit of civic impact ventures outside …

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Summer Internship Recap & Advice From Chloe Metz ’23

Metz’s interest in criminal justice reform and civic impact began in the summer of 2021 when she interned for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Springfield, Massachusetts. During her stint at the office during the summer and fall, Metz “got to …

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Alumni Spotlight: Jay Nash ’73

Glee Club to the Peace Corps

Nash first discovered his passion for social justice during a summer trip to Africa in 1972. Hosted by the Amherst College Glee Club, the trip allowed him to gain exposure to various areas in …

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Summer Internship Recap & Advice From Andres Segura ’23

Guided by a passion for change-making and a commitment to social impact, Andres Segura ’23 has done just that — and plans to continue to effect positive change in the future.

When Segura began looking for his summer internship, like most …

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Staff Spotlight: Weston Dripps, Director of Sustainability

Discovering His Passion

Dripps found his love for geology in the backyard of his childhood home in Philadelphia. Collecting rocks and minerals for a display in sixth grade, Dripps’s interest in geology was not spurned by his unenthusiastic classmates.

During …

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Brianne LaBare Peer Career Advisor
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Summer Internship Recap & Advice From Mimi Hamada ’25

Dedicated to making food access more sustainable, Mimi Hamada ’25 has been an instrumental force in the online presence of Just Roots Chicago

Initially uncertain about how she wanted to spend her summer, Hamada sought broad alternative opportunities to …

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Brianne LaBare Peer Career Advisor
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