Social Sector Careers

Whether you are interested in a future in nonprofits, socially responsible business, philanthropy, social impact research, or another area, the Dartmouth Center for Social Impact can help you gain the knowledge, skills and contacts you need to launch your career.

We provide advising, programming to build your skills, and ways to connect with Dartmouth alumni active across a variety of social impact fields. For current undergraduates, we offer an annual, 2-day conference on careers in the social sector: Breaking the Mold. Graduating students should check out our alumni mentoring and networking opportunities through Bridges to Impact.

Breaking the Mold: A Conference on Careers in the Social Sector

Break the mold! Learn from accomplished professionals with diverse experiences in the nonprofit sector. From educational policy and international service to health care and working for the environment, our diverse speakers will share their personal stories and offer insights about how you can create a career for the common good! Attend all the sessions or pick those most aligned with your interests.

Fall 2018 dates coming soon!

The 2017 Fall Conference was attended by the following panelists and guests:


  • Lewis Feldstein, Former President, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Social Impact Philanthropy
    Jessica Lawson '04, Founder, Mariposa Foundation and Community Engagement Director, Chicago PBS, Social Entrepreneurship
  • Grace Park '90, Assistant Attorney-in-Charge, Legal Aid Society, Public Interest Law

Featured Guests:

  • Morgan Cole '07, Child Welfare Consultant, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Public Interest Consulting and Policy
  • Brian Freeman '11, Associate, Abt Associates, Public Interest Consulting and Policy
  • Meghan Hassett '15, Campaign Organizer, IMPACT, Public Interest Policy
  • Megan Kenney '03, Attorney Advisor to the National Taxpayer Advocate, Taxpayer Advocate Service, Public Interest Law
  • Alyssa O'Dea '12, Recruitment and Onboarding Specialist, Urban Teachers Baltimore, Education"
  • Carolyn Salsgiver-Kobsa '88, VP Strategic Planning and Community Health Improvement, Yale New Haven Health System

Addtional sessions during the 2017 Conference included:

  • A Career in Public Interest Law
  • A Career in Public Health
  • A Career in Social Impact Policy, Consultin and Philanthropy
  • Starting Your Own Social Venture

Bridges to Impact

Working, studying or volunteering in NYC or DC next year?

Join other recent Dartmouth grads in a new program that will provide: Mentoring, Professional Development, Networking!

Bridges to Impact connects graduating students who will be working or studying in any area of social impact (nonprofits, social enterprise, socially responsible businesses, government, social impact research, academic study) with a Dartmouth alumni mentor and with a network of alumni making an impact through their work and volunteering.

As a young alumnus in Bridges to Impact, you will:

  • Be matched with an individual Dartmouth Alumni Mentor in your metro area who will provide guidance and an opportunity to reflect on your career path.
  • Receive invitations to socials, networking events, meet-ups and workshops run by Dartmouth alumni engaged in social impact work.
  • Meet and engage with other new professionals working and serving in the social sector.
  • Connect with numerous Dartmouth alumni, gain wisdom from their experiences, and grow your professional and social networks.

The Bridges to Impact will help you expand your professional network, grow your connections and build your career!

Interested? Applications for the 2018-19 Bridges to Impact coming this spring!

For more information, contact Silvia Arora.