Social Justice


The term “social justice” is defined as the pursuit of creating a society that respects human rights, extends equal opportunity, and builds a more just society. Because of its overarching definitions, it can be a part of almost any career, job, or sector. The variety of careers you can choose from is tremendous including: ensuring the rights of women abroad, working as a teacher, developing green technologies, or responding to medical emergencies. 

More generally it involves having a clear vision. Think about what causes/issues you are passionate about and interested in. Then couple that vision with your skills and talents to create a change in your community or the world.

Manhattan College Resources

Sample Employers

Sample Employers in NYC

Sample Job Titles

  • Job Readiness Trainer: As a job readiness trainer, you could be responsible for developing curriculum to help unemployed adults find work. In addition, you could provide counseling and build systems of support for those who are unable to find work, while also helping them with mock interviews, polish their resumes, and develop their skill sets in general. Job Readiness Trainer Job Description
  • Project Director-Research and Emerging Services: As a project director for research and emerging services, you could be working as an advocate for education reform meeting with local, state, and federal leaders, developing strategies for education reform. You would also be involved in managing relationships and presenting to various stakeholders while creating data-driven reports about educational reform. Advocacy Jobs: Project Director- Research and Emerging Services
  • NAACP Voting Rights Initiative Director: Working as the Director for the Voting Rights Initiative for the NAACP, you could be organizing a campaign to ensure voting is accessible to all citizens through meeting with government officials and legislatures, organizing grassroots activists, and managing the public relations for the campaign. Your projects could include working to help craft legislation, organizing marches, or leading presentations. NAACP Voting Rights Initiative Director Description

Job Listing Sites

Community Services and Public & International Policy

  • American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Includes current job openings and volunteer resources for people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service.
  • AmeriCorps Links to a full range of state and national volunteer opportunities searchable by personal interests and geographic locations.
  • Generation Progress Online newspaper features articles, blogs, events, and resources which includes internships and jobs.
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace The Endowment conducts programs of research, discussion, publication, and education in international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. Internships and job listings posted online including the Junior Fellows Program.
  • City Year An organization that unites students from all backgrounds to make difference in schools and neighborhoods through their one-year long service. Applications available online.
  • Community Career Center Provides job board and resume posting service, in addition to member services. Job postings available online for job seekers as well as employers.
  • Foundation Center The most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants; conducts and publishes research on trends in foundation growth, giving, and practice; and offers an array of free and affordable educational programs.
  • InterAction Offers internship opportunities three times a year to junior level college students as well as graduate students in diverse positions including the Office of the President, Finance & Administration, Humanitarian Policy & Practice, and Policy & Communications.
  • The Urban Fellows Program (NYC) A program that introduces college graduates to jobs in public service and government. Resources include a link to a nine-month paid program, internships and job postings.


Global Organizations

  • Amizade Volunteer Programs Internships, and educational courses, volunteer service programs to empower individuals and communities through worldwide service and learning.
  • Backdoor Jobs Links to short-term job adventures, summer jobs, internships, apprenticeships, seasonal jobs, volunteer vacations, gap year programs, unique sabbaticals, and work abroad.
  • Center for World Indigenous Studies An independent research and education organization that increases understanding of indigenous peoples and societies. Resources include certificates, internships, and fellowships.
  • Cross-Cultural Solutions A volunteer organization with internship and volunteer programs abroad.
  • Idealist A wide collection of jobs, events and volunteer opportunities posted online.
  • OneWorld A list of global jobs and upcoming events available. Resources also include travel guide and campaigns.
  • Peace Corps Resources available for graduate schools, volunteers, students and teachers. Application available online.

Environment & Science

  • Environmental Systems A wide range of environmental career opportunities, internships, and degree programs.
  • Greenbiz Job postings and career resources on green jobs, cleantech, and sustainable business practices.
  • GreenCorps Offers one-year of paid classroom/fieldwork training and facilitates permanent placement with environmental and social change groups.
  • Natural Resources Defense Council Resources for full-time, internships and volunteer opportunities in protecting wildlife and wild places and to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth.
  • Nature Jobs A career resource for scientists: around 5,223 jobs listed, as well as employer profiles.

New York City Specific Resources

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City Full-time employment opportunities and volunteer mentoring programs to all children who need caring adult role models.
  • Center for Urban Community Services Full time job opportunities for providing training, consultation and technical assistance to homeless and housing organizations throughout the nation.
  • Community Service Society of New York Volunteer and employment opportunities in advocacy, research and direct service for low-income New Yorkers particularly targeted toward communities of color.
  • Educational Alliance Internships, full-time and volunteer opportunities in providing after-school programs for children from low-income families as well as counseling and recovery programs for older adults and senior citizens.
  • New York City Housing Authority Offer full-time, seasonal, and internship opportunities such as NYCHA Summer Graduate Internship and Summer Youth Employment Program.
  • NYC.GOV Rich resource for NYC Summer Internship opportunities and job postings for the City Government agencies including various Social Service Departments.
  • The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development Offers various types of jobs and internships in providing youth and family programming.
  • United Way of New York City Various types of full-time employment and volunteer opportunities in the New York City area.

National and International Think Tanks Based In New York City

  • Asia Society Seeks to foster understanding and communication between Americans and peoples of Asia and the Pacific. Offers full-time, part-time, on-call employment and fellowship opportunities.
  • Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs Deals with the ethical questions raised by international issues such as armed conflict and environmental protection. Internships and job postings as well as faculty opportunities available online.
  • Council on Foreign Relations Offers full-time opportunities for recent graduates and skilled professionals interested in pursuing a career in international relations to development or information services in New York and Washington offices.
  • Demos Strives to strengthen participatory democracy on the national level through issue advocacy and reform on issues such as voting rights. Offers full-time and internship opportunities and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women and LGBT applicants.
  • North American Congress on Latin America An independent organization that analyzes trends in Latin America and its economic, political, and social relations with the United States. Offers graduate and undergraduate level internships as well as full-time employment.
  • Planners Network The national organization of progressive urban planners and community activists. Job postings are sent out in the monthly e-newsletter and posted on the Planners Network List-Serve for members.
  • Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Creates strategies to advance the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. Legal and non-legal internships as well as full-time opportunities on the website.
  • Population Council Established by John D. Rockefeller in 1952, the Population Council works to address problems caused by population growth. Offers internships, fellowships, full-time opportunities.
  • Social Science Research Council Since 1923, has used social sciences as a window to tackle topics like human sexuality and globalization. Fellowships and grant applications are available online.
  • The National Center for Children in Poverty Develops and promotes policies to prevent child poverty in the United States. Full-time opportunities are available online.

Professional Associations

Graduate Schools