Social Impact

Welcome to the Loeb Center Social Impact page. Social Impact entails work that has measurable value-driven metrics, addresses the socioeconomic problem to the fullest extent, and promulgates equal opportunities and equitable outcomes. On this page you will find a plethora of resources as you mull over or dive into the realm of social impact and public service work. Importantly, embarking in a career in social impact fulfills the humanist need of service to society and oneself, the hallmark of a republic-democracy. 10% of the American workforce is employed in the non-profit sector, mostly small agencies with less than 100 employees with less than $100K annual budget, while federal, state, and local government jobs – including subcontractors – account for another 7% of the Pre-Covid 150 million person workforce. We invite you to consider joining the small but influential number of changemakers.

Civic Impact Infographic

Participating in civic impact initiatives allows you to influence the fabric of communities through civic engagement or provide vital social services to those in need. This includes careers in public and private education, experiential learning, social work, mentoring/counseling, youth development, and administration of organizations that provide these types of services.

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Environmental Impact Infographic

Environmental impact careers are exceedingly diverse, encompassing everything from office to field to classroom work, conducting research in a lab, designing air, water, or other pollution control equipment, organizing a community to action, advocating in a courtroom, managing a plant, or teaching in a classroom

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The human rights and social impact field is comprised of a broad spectrum of governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental organizations that focus on alleviating human suffering and protecting and promoting human rights. The field overlaps with crucial peace and security issues, development, law, humanitarian assistance, and economic and social affairs. Organizations use a variety of disciplines in their approach to social justice, including direct service, advocacy, policy development, and research. Social justice often refers to the overall fairness of society and how it divides its rewards and burdens upon groups of people. Social justice and human rights organizations are perhaps best organized according to the issue(s) they are concerned with. Social impact describes the effect of an activity or organization on individuals and a community. When discussing careers in social impact, we often talk about working for nonprofit organizations, but many businesses have some activities devoted to social influence.

Humanitarian Efforts & Social Impact Infographic

The human rights and social impact field is comprised of a broad spectrum of governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental organizations that focus on alleviating human suffering and protecting and promoting human rights.

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Connect with Students About Their Summer Internships

Inspired by The Better Amherst Initiative and in conjunction with the Loeb Center and IT, the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) created an internship database. The database is searchable by year, major, internship name/employer, and industry. It also contains information on the quality of the internship.

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16 Best Social Impact Jobs: Careers That Drive Change

This article highlights 16 social impact jobs across five different sectors: nonprofit organizations, corporate social responsibility, government and public service, social enterprises, and entrepreneurship

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Industry spotlight: How—and why—the federal government is winning Gen Z hires

This article showcases stats around the increase in federal government job postings on Handshake and the doubling of applications received. It also mentions the increased appeal from students in varied industries.

By The Loeb Center
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The Nonprofit Industrial Complex

This article discusses the significant growth of the nonprofit sector in the United States, raising questions about its impact on American society. The concern is that these nonprofits, especially those with perpetual endowments, may become unaccountable and pursue agendas that …

By The Loeb Center
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Career Resources

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