Advocacy and Social Change

Do you want to change the world? You are not alone! Many of us go into the sociology and anthropology fields to become a force for social change.

In order to become involved in careers that promote social change, there are some things you will want to consider when planning for your career.

Research

Be prepared to do research in your field of interest, and a lot of it. If your passion is racial inequality, you will need to structure your class schedules to include as many courses in race and ethnicity as you are allowed.

Internships

To get your foot in the door, an internship is a must.

Relocation

You must be willing to go where the job is: generally a larger city. Since much of social change is done through federal legislation, Washington, D.C. is a likely destination.

Jessica Garcia

7th Grade Reading Teacher
Democracy Prep Endurance Middle School
Teach for America

Possible career positions
Organization Types of positions Location

Amnesty International

Associate Field Organizer (BA/BS & exp)

San Francisco, CA

Coalition for the Homeless

Child Advocate, Crisis Intervention Program (BA/BS)

New York, NY

Do Something

Campaigns Associate, Poverty & Homelessness (exp)

New York, NY

Greenpeace

Frontline Street Representative (no degree required, exp)

Multiple Locations

Help At Home, Inc 

 Direct Support Professionals Springfield, MO

NAACP

Correspondence Coordinator (AA & exp)

Baltimore, MD

Sierra Club

Associate Organizing Representative (BA/BS & exp)

Seattle, WA

The Innocence Project

State Policy Advocate (BA/BS)

New York, NY

YWCA

Family Advocate (BA/BS)
or
Family Outreach Worker (BA/BS)

St. Louis, Mo

Position availability

Remember to verify that the position is still available! If it isn’t, don't stop there! Continue to check the organization and our website for new opportunities.