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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.

Community Profile

Ben Powell

"I came to Columbia Business School to start Agora Partnerships. Over 20 students volunteered their time and talent to help develop our model."
—Ben Powell ’05, Managing Partner, Agora Partnerships

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.


2014 Social Enterprise Conference

Millennials Rising: What's Next for Sustainability?

When: October 31, 2014,
8:30 am-6:00pm

The Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
Between 45th and 46th Streets
New York, NY 10036

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The annual Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School brings together thought leaders from across private, nonprofit, public, and academic sectors to share best practices, debate critical issues, and collaborate on innovative concepts to inspire change. Through interactive sessions, keynote speakers, workshops, a pitch competition, and networking opportunities, the conference presents guests with the opportunity to partake in the most important business and societal conversation of this new era. For updates on speakers and sessions, please visit the conference website.

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Summer Fellowship Program

Microfinance models help women of Burkina Faso

Read about the experiences of our summer fellows as they help create social and environmental value.


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