Careers with Social Impact (CSI)

I am Michelle Shaw, a 1995 Williams alumna and I advise students and alumni about careers with a mission-driven focus.  I have had a career trajectory in public service that reveals the very best of a liberal arts education.

Recently I was reviewing the history of the founding of the College when I discovered this little known fact: Williams College started out as a tuition-free school.  One might say then that Williams stands here today on a solid foundation of philanthropy and service.

Not to be outdone, many Williams students carry on this tradition of public service and, in fact, recognize service as an essential component of their liberal arts education. While not intended to be exhaustive, Careers with Social Impact (CSI) include work in environment, sustainability, nonprofits, government, law enforcement, social finance, nonprofit consulting, impact investment and social entrepreneurship.

Get started now by making an appointment with me or learn more about this program from the following drop-down menu.

CSI Voices - A Weekly Blog

The CSI Blog will discuss skills necessary to succeed in the job search, alumni and student profiles, on and off-campus events, and job and internship opportunities.  It will also provide news items and advise you about industry trend.  Knowing what’s going on in your particular industry is key to your preparation

Career Interest and Exploration

Be sure to sign up for the CSI listserve on Rte 2 so you never miss out on events, jobs, interesting news,  CSI treks, Winter Study and career meetups.  .

Resumes and Coverletters

You’ve found your dream job—what now? The application process can be quite daunting.That is why we have created a sample, CSI-specific Resume to help you make your best first written impression.  Not sure how to get started on a coverletter?  Review our resource here and try your hand at creating your own.  Follow up by visiting me to review your resume and coverletter.

Job Hiring Information

Did you know that most industries that fall into the common good category hire during the Spring? That is because most private industries—finance and consulting—are able to hire one year out for training classes and hire hundreds at one time.  Most social impact work, contrarily, hire on demand, that is as the need arises and funding becomes available.  The lesson here is that it is okay if your peers who are interested in consulting and finance are suited up for interviews in the fall or have received their job offers early. 

Alumni Database and Interviewing

Seriously, making connections with alumni, faculty, parents, teammates...this is how 70% of Williams grads get internships and jobs in the social sector. Good news, the Career Center offers an amazing tool (the Alumni Directory) that connects you to thousands of new Williams alumni friends who can help.  I can help you build a personal networking plan.  In fact consider, me your next friendly contact! There are many resources available to you when it’s your time! Did you also know that we can help you with interviewing?   Come in and talk to me today to carve out your job search strategy and to check in with me to be sure you are on track.  

Campus Resources

Center for Learning in Action (CLiA) - The CLiA strives to cultivate and sustain experiential learning opportunities, curricular and non-curricular, in service of the teaching goals of our faculty, the civic aspirations of our students and the needs of the wider community.

Chaplain’s Office - The chaplains provide spiritual direction and counseling, and seek to support and facilitate the growth and development of all students. The chaplains work closely with the Center for Learning in Action to support student efforts in community service and other needs in the surrounding community.

The Davis Center - The Davis Center advances broad campus engagement with complex issues of identity, history, and cultures as they affect intellectual, creative, and social life.


“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.