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Career opportunities in corporate citizenship are as varied as the companies in which they can be found. Unfortunately, whether the position focuses on corporate community involvement – managing the company's corporate contributions or volunteer program – or a wider arching corporate citizenship program with strategic ties to the company's business strategy, there is no clear path to get there.

For recent graduates and people just trying to break into the field, the path is even less clear.

“Corporate Careers that Make a Difference” is a guide from the Boston College Cener and Net Impact for professionals and students interested in the field of corporate citizenship. Center members can view the guide here. In addition to providing information on the increasing opportunities in formal corporate citizenship roles in companies, the guide also highlights professional functions not often considered part of the “field” of corporate citizenship. With bright-eyed optimism, Net Impact assures career-seekers that “with such a diversity of job functions in which these values might be applied, and so many fields clamoring to address these issues, the opportunities are endless.”

For more on the field of corporate citizenship, consider enrolling in an executive education course, joining a webinar or attending the annual International Corporate Citizenship Conference.

Job listings and industry networking sites:

University Programs

Boston College's Carroll School of Management is well represented in corporate social responsibility by Professor Sandra Waddock, one of the world’s leading experts in corporate responsibility. She is the Galligan chair of strategy at the Carroll School of Management, former editor of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship, and the author of several books on corporate citizenship, including her most recent, “The Difference Makers: How Social and Institutional Entrepreneurs Created the Corporate Responsibility Movement".

Only two universities offer a master's in Corporate Social Responsibility - the London Metropolitan University and the Nottingham University Business School – but many MBA programs offer a CSR component. (It is also possible to speak individually with schools to investigate designing a custom program in CSR.) This is a growing field so this list may change quickly:

Finally, the following universities offer online resources about careers in corporate citizenship:


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