These are the resources you need to do good work.
Social innovators can't walk this path alone. To be a true change agent, you need to find the programs, communities, and kindred spirits that will hold you accountable to your work and help you grow your impact. Below you'll find a list of people, places, and things that can help you do just that.
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On-Campus Social Justice & Civic Engagement Resources
Internships and Career Exploration
Professional Fellowships, Continuing Education, & Training
Scholarships & Funding Resources for Social Impact Work
Additional Resources & Information
- The Athena Center: Leadership development programs
- Student Life: Identity exploration & development; social justice programs
- Barnard Recognized Student & Affinity Groups: Our student groups span identities, focuses, and activities, and offer great ways to get engaged
- Community Impact: Host of several programs and fellowships to help you engage with the local community
- BarnardWorks: Student Employment Services' database of on- and off-campus jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities
- What can I do with this major?: Not sure what careers are related to your studies? Check out this site!
- Barnard Human Rights Dept. Internship Resources: A list of organizations that offer internships
- Social Good Guides: A set of primers on essential skills for nonprofit & social entrepreneurship work
- FireScience Guide to Public Service: A guide to exploring careers in public service
- Idealist.org: The leading public sector job & internship search site
- The Bridgespan Group: A nonprofit and philanthropic consultation group that has a nationl nonprofit job board
- BCorporations.net: Information on & directory of for-profit business with a social good mission
- Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of NYC: A fun professional association with excellent resources for changemakers
Beyond Barnard career development services: One-on-one counseling and workshops to help you find your professional pathway
- Luce Scholars: Provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia
- Greenlining Institute's Leadership Academy: Works to empower and develop the next generation of multi-ethnic leaders to advance racial and economic equity and create positive social change
- NYC Urban Fellows Program: A fellowship designed for college students and grads interested in working within the city government
- Ashoka Changemaker Fellowship: Highly competitive fellowship for innovative social entrepreneurs
- Soros Fellowship for New Americans: Immigrant & first-generation seniors & recent grads can apply for support for their graduate education
- New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCORE): Resources & training for social-justice focused educators
- Rockwood Leadership Institute: Trainings focused on social justice and leadership development
- The Forum Project: Workshops using creative techniques to build dialogue about oppression
- Coro Fellowship: Fellowship for change makers and aspiring public servants
- Public Allies NY: Offers full-time, paid apprenticeships at nonprofits with a leadership development focus
- Theater of the Oppressed: Uses theater to inspire transformative actions
- New Leaders Council Institutute: Entrepreneurship & leadership training program
- Sadie Nash Leadership Project: Includes several summer and school-year institutes and fellowships to strengthen, empower, and equip young women as agents for change in their lives and in the world
- IGNITE National Fellowship: Paid fellowship program for civically engaged young women who plan to become the next generation of political leaders
- Neighborhood 360° Fellows: Paid, full-time fellowship to help community-based organizations complete commercial revitalization projects and connect local stakeholders to City resources. The program is run by the NYC Department of Small Business Services.
New York Anti-Racist Alliance (Hosts of the Undoing Racism Project) & Working Groups: Anti-racist training and affinity groups, with groups focused on arts, white anti-racist work, educators, and much more
- Con Edison Summer Internships in Science: This program provides funding for summer internships or research in STEM fields
- Guggenheim Foundation Criminal Justice Fellowship: Provides paid summer internships for first-years - juniors in community development, criminal justice, education, human rights, legal services, and public service
- Athena Center Fellowships: The Athena Center offers three different fellowships focused on leadership within the public sector
- Van Amson Service Fellowship: Community Impact offers multiple social impact fellowships through the Van Amson program
- Columbia/Barnard Alternative Break Program: Funding for travel to do civic engagement work around the world
- Tow Foundation Special Professional Opportunities Fund: Grants for students to pursue professional opportunities, such as conference registrations
- The Alumnae & Donor Sponsored Internship Grant Program: Funding for unpaid internships in a variety of categories
- The Liman Public Interest Law Undergraduate Summer Internship Program: Funding for summer public interest law internships
- Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program: Full-time fellowship working on issues such as non-proliferation & democracy building
- J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund: Funding for unpaid/low-paid public service summer internships
- Truman Scholars Program: Funding for juniors for 1 year of undergraduate study & up to 3 years of graduate study towards careers in public service
- Elie Weisel Prize in Ethics: Ethics-focused essay contest providing scholarships to winning juniors and seniors
- Tamer Fund for Social Ventures: Seed grants of up to $25,000 to nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid early-stage social ventures
- Tamer Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship: Funding for full-time summer internships with a social venture or social entrepreneurship-focused organization
- The North Star Fund: Foundation focused on supporting social justice and grassroots work
- Open Society Foundations: Foundation offers grants, scholarships, and fellowships to support work towards open, representative, supportive governments
- FormSwift Scholarship: FormSwift offers a $1000 scholarship to college students who create a business plan infographic for a nonprofit, startup, or other business.
- Scholarships for African-American College Students: BestColleges.com has compiled a holistic financial aid guide specifically for African American students, including tips, resources, and a list of scholarships.
- Grants based on Education Level and Group Status: The Open Education Database lists grants for a number of groups.
- The Loch Law Scholarship: Any college student who is enrolled full- or part-time in a pre-law/law program is eligible to apply for this $500 scholarship.
- NYC Bar - Legal Referral Services: The NYC Bar's Legal Referral Service is a free service that helps connect individuals with pre-screened lawyers for any of their legal needs, to ensure that you find the right legal professional. For certain legal issues, the initial consultation is free. This service is offered in both English and Spanish, and interpreters are available for most languages.
- NYSLC: Offers information, advocacy, and many resources for undocumented students
- NYU Metrocenter: Researches issues of equity, policy, and practice in the educational sphere
Barnard Blogs: Barnard College maintains a number of blogs full of great information for you, including fellowships, scholarships, and information on your academic studies. Check them out: First Year Blog, Sophomore Blog, Junior Blog, Senior Blog, Well Woman Blog