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Accelerating Career Development
The Social Enterprise Program, in conjunction with the School's Career Management Center and student clubs, provides resources and networks to students pursuing careers in nonprofit, government or nongovernmental organizations, for-profit and nonprofit social ventures, social venture capital firms, and socially responsible business. Students and staff work collaboratively to develop relationships with organizations, provide industry information, organize career panels and networking events, and publicize job announcements through a variety of channels.
Careers in social enterprise span the nonprofit, public and business sectors and are as varied as the interests of students. Venture philanthropy, international development, and renewable energy are just a few of these diverse fields of interest in social enterprise; their common thread is working to achieve social benefit through business practices.
The value of the Columbia MBA is evident by the diversity of students and success of its graduates, who are employed with such organizations as The Bridgespan Group; New York City Department of Education; GE Energy (wind/renewables); EcoSecurities; Freedom From Hunger; Dalberg; Victory Schools; Reading Is Fundamental; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; New York City Economic Development Corporation, and the American Museum of Natural History.
While the Program actively supports students pursuing social enterprise positions with the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program and after graduation through the Loan Assistance Program, it also offers resources for students who seek to gain skills and experience in other areas before transitioning into social enterprise related positions in business, nonprofit, or public organizations. Many alumni working for companies find ways to create social value, both within and outside their careers. Information about nonprofit board memberships, pro bono consulting, and volunteer opportunities are available online.
Social Enterprise Summer Fellows
“My experience working with communities in India and Africa, as well as on developing public-private partnerships with government and non-profit agencies, convinced me of the need for innovative approaches to international development”
“I see entrepreneurs as the key leverage point in development, so interning at Ashoka made perfect sense.”
Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy
“This internship matched my interest in harnessing the power and resources in the for profit sector to effect social change.”