Careers in the Common Good

Careers in the Common Good

Careers in the Common Good (CCG) is a resource for students and alumni interested in nonprofit, social enterprise or public service careers and working for the common good. CCG provides programs, online resources and advising to help students explore ways to craft a career that makes a difference. CCG is an initiative of the CareerLAB, Curricular Resource Center, and Swearer Center for Public Service. 

2015-16 Programs

Community Hours and CareerCon events -- At CCG Community Hours and CareerCon events Brown alumni and others talk about their work and the different pathways Brown students can take into common good careers.  

Fall 2015 
* Career Pathways in Public Interest Law -- Wednesday, Oct. 7 -- Salomon 202
* CareerCon: Career Pathways in Education -- Thursday evening, Oct. 22 at the Faculty Club and Friday morning, Oct. 23 at the CareerLAB.
* Demystifying non-profits -- Monday, Nov. 2

Partnership for Public Service Go Government Webinars
Looking for a job or internship in the Federal government? These Webinars can help you navigate the sometimes confusing path through the website and into Federal work.

 Your Federal Career: In D.C. and Beyond
Webinar Recording
Passcode: FA15GoGov
Webinar Recording
Passcode: FA15GoGov
Resume 101
Webinar Recording
Passcode: FA15GoGov

Spring 2016 Community Hours and CareerCon events
* CareerCON -- Fri. and Sat., Jan. 28 and 29.
-- Jobs on the Hill
-- Public Health
-- Sustainability/Food Justice
* Career Pathways in Impact Investing and Philanthropy -- TBA
* Career Pathways in the Arts -- TBA

Archives info from past Community Hours and other events
Career Pathways in Education -- Take-Aways (20152014)
Career Pathways with Non-Profits Organizations
Career Pathways in International Development -- (20152014)
Career Pathways in Government Work -- (20152014)
Career Pathways with Non-Profits: Writing for Non-Profits -- The Take-Away
Career Pathways in Environment and Sustainability --  The Take-Away
Career Pathways to the Museum World -- Video Replay (You must be logged into a gmail account to watch the video).  -- The Take-Away
Making A Living While Making A Difference -- The Take-Away 

Career Fairs
The All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair will be held on March 4, 2016 at Columbia University. The annual fair is the premier event for Ivy League students interested in the environment and sustainability to connect with recruiters and discuss internships, jobs and career opportunities. View a list of organizations that recruited at the 2015 fair.

The Brown/RISD Common Good Internship and Job Fair will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 from 12:00 to 3:00 in Sayles Hall. View a list of organizations that attended the 2015 fair.

Internship Programs
Brown-specific, city-based, paid summer internships
 with non-profits and start ups through the Careers in the Common Good Summer in New York City (CCG in NYC) program and iProv, a project of the Swearer Center for Public Service and the CareerLAB.

Brown-specific, city-based, two-week winter break projects with Innovate Winter Break, a "mini internship" program providing opportunities for student interns to work on engaging projects during winter break within social enterprise and nonprofit organizations.

Job and Internship Listings and more

Exploring Options is a database of job and internship web sites that include job and internship listings, fellowships, networks, graduate schools, resources, and other information divided into 20 different common good career fields, including: Arts, Community Development, Environment, Faith-Based Community Work and Ministry, Fundraising and Foundations, Higher Education, International Development and Relations, K-12 Education, Labor, Law and Human Rights, Literacy and Language Education, Media, Organizing and Activism, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Entreprise, Social Services, Technology and New Media, Women, Youth 

Other Online Resources

  • The Brown Student Job and Internship Board lists job and internship postings from hundreds of non-profit, government, public health, social entrepreneurship and other common good employers. The University Career Action Network (UCAN) is an online internship, summer job, and fellowship resource open to students from member schools.
  • The More than Money League Career platform help Brown students get clear, get connected and get hired faster for jobs in Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Business, and Social Enterprise. View the Modules.
  • The CCG Twitter Feed includes jobs and internship listings you won't find on the Job and Internship Board and resources to help you in the job and internship search. We post 5-10 opportunities each week during the academic year.
  • CharityTube is a collection of videos representing non-profit organizations organized by issue area. In addition to the videos, students can find links to job and internship opportunities at each of the organizations.
  • Connect with alumni through the Brown Alumni in Public Service LinkedIn group.


You can schedule a meeting with any CareerLAB counselor to discuss common good careers. Jim Amspacher -- one of CareerLAB's four counselor -- works with employers and alumni to develop common good internship and job opportunities for Brown students.

In addition, you can schedule a counseling session with Peggy Chang, the director of the Curricular Resource Center, who also heads up CCG's alumni outreach efforts.