nuCAUSE (Creating Awareness and Understanding of Social Engagement Careers) is an Employer Engagement and Career Design initiative designed to help you learn about social change careers in the non-profit, private and government sectors. Through programs that convene students, faculty, staff, employers and community organizations, nuCAUSE Careers provides information, resources, and connections to help you find work that is personally meaningful and that contributes to the common good.
Many students decide to do a Gap Year after graduation as a way to explore potential careers and build new skills, have a travel experience, do meaningful volunteer work or just have an amazing adventure!
Northeastern University maintains a list of fellowship opportunities on the Fellowships page
These organizations assist in finding short-term work abroad (for a fee)
- Best Green Jobs Meta-list: 56 Top Green Careers
- Bright Green Talent
- Environmental Jobs
- Orion Grassroots Networks
- Sustainable Business
Blogs & Other Info
- Green Collar Blog
- Just Means
- Northeast Wilderness Trust
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Sustainable Food Resources
- Environmental Business Council
Year of Service – Environmental
- Student Conservation Association Resource Assistant Program – Provides room, board and travel allowance for 3-month environmental projects, primarily in national parks. Applications accepted throughout the year based on scheduled programs.
- Willing Workers On Organic Farms (WWOOF) – Connects volunteers with organic famers both domestically and internationally. Volunteers learn organic farming techniques from organic farmers by working and living with a host family (and learning about life and culture) in another country. Applications accepted throughout the year based on volunteer opportunities.
- Cool Works – Seasonal jobs in the national parks, ski resorts, ranches, etc.
Non-profit organizations earn $670 billion annually and one in twelve Americans works in those organizations. Here are some reasons for obtaining a career in the non-profit world:
People who work for non-profits believe in a cause or mission and want to contribute to their community.
In non-profits, you get to wear many hats and develop experiences that you can take with you whether you stay in non-profits or go to work for a corporation.
Training – Non-profit organizations are devoted to training and professional development.
At non-profits, there is more concern about individuals’ work/life balance. Salaries may not be as high as those in private industry, but there are family-friendly policies and more generous vacation plans.
Non-Profit Job and Internship Resources
- Chronicle of Philanthropy
- Deep Sweep
- Foundation List
- Have Fun Do Good Blog
- Higher Ed Jobs
- Human Service Careers
- Just Means
- Nonprofit Jobs on CareerBuilder
- Non Profit Oyster
- Non Profit Times
- Opportunity Knocks
- The Partnership for Public Service
- Philanthropy Massachusetts
Paid English Teaching Jobs in Asia. Teaching degree not required.
Dave’s ESL Café
Specializes in teaching jobs in Asia and has a job board that has jobs posted for teaching jobs in various locations.
Eslinsider Starters Guide to Teaching English
This is a detailed guide (9,000+ words) on teaching in Korea, China, Japan and Taiwan.
Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme
Positions – Assistant Language Teachers -Coordinators for International Relations – Sports Exchange Advisors Participants are placed in organizations all over Japan and receive a 1 year contract to live and work there.
Travel & Teach – South Korea
No teaching experience needed.
Around the World
Provides a list of language schools around the world as well as information about teaching English abroad.
International Schools Services
One of the best known and most utilized recruiting sources for teachers. This site provides information about teaching abroad as well as job opportunities.
Places teachers and interns in international schools around the world.
Teachers for Tomorrow (volunteer jobs – unpaid)
No teaching experience needed, only a university degree.
Provides job vacancies and advice on teaching and working abroad.
This site contains a variety of websites regarding teaching jobs and information about teaching in South America
Other Helpful Resources
Boston Academy of English
Phone: (617) 338-6243 Offers full-time and part-time certificate programs. Tuition is specific for each program.
This site contains reviews of programs, articles, and other resources.
The Boston Language Institute
Phone: 617-262-3500 Email: [email protected] Offers monthly intensive English teacher-training certificate programs (4 weeks) and frequent part-time (Saturday) programs (12 weeks). The tuition for both full-time and part-time programs, including all class materials and deposits, is $2,795.00.