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Social Impact Careers Workshop

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Are you a student looking for an internship or job that is dedicated to social impact? Do you want to bring a social and/or environmental lens to a traditional employment role?  If you answered yes (or maybe) to either of these questions, then this workshop is for you. Join OPCD and the Office ofSustainability for this fast-paced session that includes tips and resources to help you find an opportunity that aligns with your passions and skills. This event is open to all students. Visit the DeaconSource calendar to register. Hurry, space is limited.

Career Fair

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Job & Internship Fair.  Open to students from all class years and majors.

Part 2: Social Impact Careers Workshop

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Part two of the Social Impact Careers Workshop will be held Tuesday, January 15th, 2014 at 5:00PM. In part two, students will learn how to “pitch” passions and skills to a potential employer. Additionally, attendees will learn about how to take advantage of the upcoming Job & Internship Fair, on-campus opportunities for gaining social impact experience, job search resources and networking strategies.

To participate in part two, please RSVP in DeaconSource calendar.

Social Impact Career Workshop Series

Monday, December 9th, 2013
EcoReps participate in Choose to Reuse @ Hit the Bricks

EcoReps participate in Think Green Thursday

Twenty-seven undergraduate students from diverse disciplines attended the first-ever Social Impact Career Workshop, co-sponsored by the Office of Personal & Career Development, Service & Social Action, My Journey, and the Office of Sustainability.

Part one of a three-part series, the workshop received overwhelmingly positive feedback through student evaluations. “It really opened my eyes to the myriad of options,” commented one student. “[The workshop] taught me about the ‘next step,’” noted another attendee.

During the first half of the event, Dr. Katharine Brooks, Executive Director of Personal and Career Development, led students through a self-reflection and planning exercise. The group then heard from a professional panel that included Dr. Ananda Mitra, Professor and Chair of Communication; Dedee DeLongpré Johnston, WFU Director of Sustainability; Ryan Lesley (’06, MBA ‘14), former Peace Corps volunteer and co-president of WFU Net Impact; and Alex Tsuji (MBA ’14), secretary of WFU Net Impact. After brief introductions from each panelist, students had the opportunity to ask questions. The discussion reflected interests that ranged from local to global issues and spanned sectors from non-governmental to corporate.

Former Wake Forest Fellow Annabel Lang (’12) developed the idea for the workshop while working with EcoReps, a peer sustainability education program of the Office of Sustainability. With an increasing number of Wake Forest students gaining sustainability-related experience through curricular and extracurricular endeavors, she saw a need to bridge the gap between these undergraduates’ experiences and their future professional lives.

Part two of the Social Impact Careers Workshop will take place Tuesday, January 15th, 2014 at 5:00PM. In this next installation, students will learn how to “pitch” their experiences, passions, and skills to potential employers. Additionally, attendees will learn how to take advantage of the upcoming Job & Internship Fair, on-campus opportunities for gaining social impact experience, job search resources, and networking strategies. To participate in part two, students should register through the DeaconSource calendar. It is not necessary to have participated in part one, in order to participate in part two.

By Hannah Slodounik, Program Coordinator

Part 1: Social Impact Careers Workshop

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Are you interested in making an impact on the world and changing lives? Not quite sure what that looks like translated into a potential career?

This workshop will help you answer the following:
1. About what social issue in the world am I most passionate?
2. What skills or experiences do I bring to the table to solve this issue?
3. What career paths or organizations would allow me to work towards solving this issue?

FREE FOOD will be provided for dinner.

Co-sponsored by the OPCD, Office of Sustainability, Service & Social Action, and My Journey

Explore career opportunities with OPCD

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Looking for a position, fellowship or internship in sustainability? The Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD) is a great resource for current students. Anytime we receive notice of an open position related to sustainability, we forward the posting to OPCD. Their friendly staff adds it to Deacon Source so that all students can access the posting and apply for the opportunity.

Simply search for keyword “sustainability” when searching for openings on Deacon Source and you will receive a list of available positions around the country.

If you are interested in a career in sustainability but are unsure what kinds of careers exist, use the “Career Explorer” tool and the keyword “sustainability” for a list of ranging from “sustainability specialist” to “urban planner.”

Looking for an internship on campus during the academic year? The Office of Sustainability hires a number of student interns for project-based internships. You can view the list of currently available internships here. Have a great idea for an internship, but don’t see it on our list? Feel free to submit a unique internship proposal. We are always looking for new, innovative ways to promote sustainability on campus.

By Caitlin (Brooks) Edwards, Wake Forest Fellow