Hello! I am a senior currently applying for entry-level positions in community organizing and policy analysis. My ideal career would actualize social justice through politics, likely through advocacy and organizing. I have been applying mostly to nonprofits, but am hoping to hear advice about the full range of jobs I should be considering (e.g. government, private sector, political campaigns). One of the issues I am struggling with is choosing an issue to work on – I have experience in gun violence prevention activism but am also interested in sustainability, mental health, and criminal justice, to name a few.
Where do you see someone like myself starting their career? When and how do you recommend that people focus on a specific issue in their advocacy?
Thank you in advance!
Name: Sagie Tvizer ’19
Majors: Politics, history
Hometown: Plainsboro, NJ
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I am a senior, graduating in May with a B.A. in mathematics and a minor in economics. I am looking to enter the job market, but at the moment I am not sure what career path I would like to pursue. I am originally from Long Island, N.Y. but am planning on moving away after graduation. The city that piques my interest the most is San Diego, although I am open to living and working anywhere.
My previous working experience is varied; I have had internships in residential real estate as well as in government, and since my sophomore year have had an on-campus job in the athletic department.
Potential career-related interests of mine include sports and public transit, and I would definitely be interested in jobs in those fields. Working in the public sector or for a non-profit also piques my interest, but I am willing to consider anything.
If anyone was in a similar situation towards the end of their undergraduate years or has any advice to offer, I would appreciate it very much. Thank you in advance.
Name: Corey Cohen ’18
Hometown: Plainview, NY
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I am a junior majoring in Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies. I am interested in public outreach work relating to issues of environmental safety, particularly in how it relates to minority and low-income groups who are generally affected the most. I have experience working in a position at WATCH CDC advocating for housing justice in Waltham, where I meet with clients to help find solutions to their housing, food access and economic issues they faced. I really valued the personal connections I made there, and I am looking for advice on types of jobs that will get me experience on the ground with these kinds of issues so that I can fully understand them and find my next steps.
Name: Sam Lieb ’19
Majors: Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies
Hometown: Omaha, NE
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I am a senior who has a real passion and zest for the environmental field. As I have started looking for jobs after graduation in the spring, I have come across a lot of positions that both require a science-based degree and significant amount of experience. So far, I have found myself considerably overwhelmed with these job listings since I seriously lack credentials. I am most interested in education, advocacy, “some” research, and definitely hands-on work. I just finished an internship involving wildlife care, although I do not see myself doing that in the future. I want to know what it is like to work for non-profit environmental groups. I would love to hear more about the pros and cons of working for climate change-based groups like Audubon, Sierra Club, WWF, etc.
Name: Sabrina Pond ’18
Majors: Environmental Studies and Psychology
Hometown: North Haven, CT
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I’m a graduating senior looking for advice from professionals about the human services field. I major in psychology (but lately have gained more of an interest in a sociological world view) with minors in Hispanic studies and creativity, the arts, and social change. I am interested in going to graduate school for social work (to be a licensed clinical social worker) in a year or two, but it seems there are many paths to gain experience in the field including non-profit work, working as direct care staff in a mental health facility, etc. I am unsure of how to identify positions and job functions that allow for upward mobility, perhaps heading towards case management experience. I would love to hear more about beginning a career in the field of serving communities and marginalized populations and how to break in and get professional experience starting from zero. Activism is very important to me and some of my specific population interests include at-risk women (such as BARCC or Battered Women’s shelters), queer youth and young adults, and adults with disabilities.
I am a graduating senior at Brandeis seeking opportunities in the non-profit world, with a focus on human rights, international studies/development, and related fields. I am an International and Global Studies and History double major with a passion for human rights, social justice, foreign policy, research, and writing. I currently intern for a foreign affairs journal where I research international news and help edit original content pieces from top foreign policy analysts. I previously interned at a non-profit in Jerusalem that worked to provide social and educational opportunities to Ethiopian immigrants. At Brandeis, I am an editor for the school newspaper The Justice and have contributed to the Brandeis International Journal, and I am also the founder and editor-in-chief of a feminist website which works to promote creative works from women around the world.
I’m interested in learning about what it is like to work at a non-profit, particularly those focused on human rights, women’s rights, or related issues. I am curious as to what types of roles are typically available for entry-level candidates and what kind of impact one can make in those roles, as well as what future experiences non-profit work could potentially lead to. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!
Name: Rachel Sharer ’17
Majors: international and global studies, history
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
I am trying to find a way to integrate my interest in public health with a fundraising position (preferably with a non-profit). I would love to speak with alumni who are in all public health fields, but specifically with those who have jobs similar to my interests. I would like to know how they got started in their careers, and how I can gain more experience.
Name: Danielle Lebowitz ’19
Hometown: White Plains, NY
I’m an alumna, BA class of ’15 and MA class of ’16, looking to relocate from Boston to the San Francisco Bay Area. I currently work at an agency that serves poor and homeless women in Boston, seeing clients on a one-on-one basis, providing information, referrals and support. I am relocating to the SF Bay Area in May of 2017, and am looking for opportunities to network with Brandeis alumni who have experience with women’s issues, close contacts with clients, and working with a vibrant team that is passionate and knowledgeable about the work, with opportunities to engage in systemic change. I am interested in experiences in nonprofit development, startups, grant writing and reviewing, and charitable foundations.
Name: Karen Lengler ’15, MA’16
Majors: International and Global Studies, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
I am a junior majoring in anthropology and minoring in creativity, the arts, and social transformation. I am a creative thinker with an ability to recognize the unique talents and leadership qualities that my peers have in order to help them gain more self-empowerment. Born and raised in Somerville, MA, I have watched gentrification unfold in my hometown and seen thousands of Somerville residents forced to move out due to rising housing costs. With this experience in hand, I would like to continue pursuing my interest in supporting youth development and the arts in order to help fight the negative effects of gentrification anywhere in the United States, for this is a national trend. I want to know what kind of career paths would allow me to pursue these issues, and whether receiving additional schooling beyond my Bachelor’s degree would be essential in pursuing this work. Thank you!
Name: Marcelo Brociner ’18
Hometown: Somerville, MA
I am interested in working in politics or for a non-governmental organization or in law. I am considering law school in a few years as well. I would love to be in New York, Boston, or D.C. Any advice would be great!
Name: Rivka Gross
Majors: Politics, international & global studies
Hometown: Boulder, CO
I am interested in a career in public policy, specifically in housing, healthcare, and poverty. I am also considering community organization, political campaign work, or non-profit work. I would greatly appreciate information about if I should be considering an MPP or other grad school degree. I would love to learn about social justice and non-profit career opportunities as well as your experiences! Thank you.
Name: Noah Coolidge ’16
Majors: History, sociology
Hometown: Lexington, MA
My name is Karen and I’m a Master’s candidate at the comparative humanities program at Brandeis, graduating this coming May. Academically, I focus on feminist literature – fiction, theory and ethnography – and I explore how this intertextuality can bring knowledge to bear upon social policy and social justice movement. I’m engaged in issues of gender inequality, especially sexual and otherwise gender-based violence. I have experience advocating for survivors, facilitating discussions regarding consent in local community groups, fundraising and development, and awareness raising through the strategic use of social media. I’m interested in breaking into the field of gender-based direct service nonprofits in Boston as well as the San Francisco Bay Area. Any tips or advice from alumni with some experience in that field would be much appreciated!
Name: Karen Lengler ’15
Majors: Women’s, gender and sexuality studies, international and global studies
Hometown: Boston, MA
I’m a double major in History & Politics looking to make a difference in the world. After I graduate this May I would like to work at a non-profit that aims to increase tolerance and promote positive thought among children. If any alumni have experience in the non profit world or know of an organization that works towards those goals I would love to hear from you. Thank you so much for your time.
I graduated in May with a BA in Psychology. I always loved working with kids so as I began the Psychology track I thought I would one day be a school psychologist. After years of schooling myself I decided I needed to take a break and join the workforce. I am looking for a job in PR, marketing, communications, or development preferably in a Jewish nonprofit setting but I have opened my options to corporations also. I would appreciate any advice, leads or connections you might have.
As a compassionate and analytically-minded recent graduate (May 2014), I am currently looking for opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area with a non-profit geared toward women’s empowerment, development work in the Middle East, a non-profit consulting firm, or a research institution. I’m particularly looking to leverage my study of Arabic, sociology, and the Middle East – as well as my recent experience as a Public Policy Intern for the World Food Program in D.C. Any advice on your experience breaking into the non-profit world in the Bay Area, suggestions about how to continue adding valuable skills and experiences for this field or insight about organizations to look into would be deeply appreciated! Thank you in advance.
International and Global Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexualities Studies senior looking for advice on entering the non-profit field, preferably with a focus on women’s rights and feminist organizations. Particularly interested in opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area, but open to mostly any location.
Hi! I am a graduating senior with a double major in Art History and Anthropology and a minor in South Asian studies. I am interested in pursuing a career in higher education administration/ office work that can in some way incorporate my interests in education, the arts, social activism, humanities, literature, writing, and editing. I am looking for available opportunities within the Greater Boston area and I am also interested in potential networking opportunities. Any advice or assistance would be extremely helpful!
Name: Ellie Kaufman ’14
Major(s): Art History, Anthropology
Hometown: Amherst, NH
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I am a senior studying HSSP. I am interested in the field of aging and pursuing work that benefits older adults. Ideally, I would like a job that allows me to use my healthcare knowledge from my HSSP courses and experiences in a way that relates to older adults. I am interested primarily in research and policy, rather than in direct clinical care such as social work. Work at a non-profit, policy organization, government institution or other organization interests me. Ultimately, I see myself attending graduate school, possibly pursuing an MPH, MPP, MPA or gerontology degree. However, as I am unsure yet what degree I want to pursue, I would like to gain experience before attending graduate school. Any guidance or suggestions on careers and graduate school are appreciated!
Name: Ilana Mittleman ’14
Hometown: New Rochelle, NY
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Hi all! I am currently a senior and I am looking for connections in NYC with people who work in the not for profit sector. Ideally I am interested in empowering women in poverty to better themselves, especially with teenagers and sexual health. Also, helping to fix the education disparities growing in urban communities. If anyone works/has worked in these fields, I was just wondering if I could pick your brain about how you got started, and if you have any tips for me. Thanks and look forward to hearing from you!
Full name: Emma Blamuth-Loris ’14
Major(s): International and Global Studies
Hometown: Concord, MA
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My name is Hailey Magee, and I am currently a junior who will be spending Spring 2014 in Washington DC at American University’s Washington Semester Program. I will be taking courses with AU and also interning for EMILY’s List. I am passionate about reproductive justice and women’s rights. I have served as president of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, WMGS UDR, and this semester founded and chartered NARAL Pro-Choice on the Brandeis campus. In the future, I would like to work for an non-profit or issue advocacy organization (like NARAL), work on campaigns for state and federal legislators, and one day run for office myself. In DC, I would love to chat or meet up with some Brandeis alum who can offer insight into non-profit and campaign work specifically with regards to reproductive justice or women’s rights. Advice about how to make myself more marketable to these fields, especially in the DC community, would be incredibly helpful. Thank you!
Name: Hailey Magee ’15
Major(s): Politics / Women’s and Gender Studies
Hometown: Newton, NJ
December 2013 Grad in Linguistics and Anthropology with a minor in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Looking for full time opportunities or advice in the museum, education, archaeology, non-profit, and government sectors. I have completed archaeology field school, interned at a museum, and am currently a Hebrew school teacher, an annotator/adjudicator for the Spatiotemporal Annotation Project, and a teaching assistant for Introduction to Linguistics. I am interested in networking with Brandeis alumni involved in any of these fields and learning about possible career paths. Thank you in advance and I look forward to speaking with you!
Name: Rebecca Loewenstein-Harting ’13
Major(s): Linguistics and Anthropology
Hometown: Robesonia, PA
Double major in International Global Studies and Economics with minor in South Asian Studies seeking advice and opportunities in NGO management and/or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). I am enthusiastic about social work, and I have always wanted to work in this field. I interned at an NGO in China this past summer as a Brandeis Social Justice WOW fellow, and that internship has truly expanded my knowledge about NGOs. In addition, I plan to work at a corporate level (preferably in the CSR or Public Relations department) first before start working at an NGO. I would love to talk to Brandeisians who have working experience in NGOs or CSR field. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!
Name: Chenyu Li ’14
Major(s): IGS and Economics
Hometown: Beijing, China
My name is Alyssa Green and I am a graduating senior at Brandeis University. Throughout my time here at Brandeis I have cultivated a personal passion for non-profit work. I have interned with youth empowerment, LGBT, and community organizations. I currently serve on a full-time student management team under the Director of Public Safety. I am hoping to relocate to the San Francisco Bay Area next fall and begin my professional career at a non-profit organization. I would welcome any advice on how to network with employers across the country and how to begin my non-profit career.
Name: Alyssa Green ’14
Major(s): American Studies
Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL
I’m looking to build my professional network with alumni who work with children in Jewish settings. In the near future, I’m interested in working with kids in the 4th grade and older in youth groups, Hebrew schools, camps, etc. In the far future, I’m looking to work in informal Jewish education settings (specifically camps) and potentially join the rabbinate through Hebrew Union College. Any advice would be helpful!
Name: Rachael Pass ’13
Majors: Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, Psychology
Dedicated, detail-oriented student looking for a job that will help her choose between law school and public policy school! Willing to work in a non-profit organization, law firm, think tank, or as a research assistant.
Jonna Cottrell ’13
American Studies, Anthropology
I am a class of 2013 graduate who studied sociology and education with a focus on social justice and social policy. I wish to be part of a nonprofit team to use my proven leadership and facilitation skills to achieve key goals and make a difference. Last summer I had an incredible internship at the Jewish Teen Funders Network where I jumped into the philanthropy world and created materials to help teens get hands-on experience as grant makers. I want to learn more about your career experiences in nonprofit, development and grant-making–whether you’re a recent grad adjusting to post-college life and getting your feet wet in the nonprofit world or a professional with years of experience that have contributed to a meaningful career. Thank you for your time and help.
Name: Rebecca Bachman ’13
Major(s): Sociology, Education Studies
Hometown: Scarsdale, NY