Job Hunting in CSR, Part 3: After All Is Said and Done, Where Are The Jobs? - A blog by Aman Singh

Aman Singh is the CSR Editor at, where she focuses on how corporate diversity practices and sustainability translate into recruitment and strategic development. Her blog, In Good Company, discusses on many of these issues.
Jul 20, 2010 3:33 PM ET

Job Hunting in CSR, Part 3: After All Is Said and Done, Where Are The Jobs?

This is the final excerpt from a series of interviews I conducted with four MBA candidates (see footnote for biographical information) who graduated—or expect to soon—with a focus on corporate social responsibility (CSR). In this portion, the graduates discuss their internship experiences and the dilemmas of conducting a job search in corporate responsibility.   Finding an Internship in CSR   For Ashley Jablow, the traditional MBA summer internship search was only the beginning of a long road ahead. "I had a lot of trouble looking for an internship because I wanted to get a CSR internship, but didn't have any relevant experience. I didn't get any bites when I was applying for jobs that said 'CSR intern' in the title," she said. Eventually, she settled for building on her fundraising experience by working in corporate communications with a large consumer goods agricultural co-op that considers community a part of its DNA.   Geetanjali Singh, on the other hand, wanted to do an internship with a nonprofit to complement her corporate experience. Her internship search also had a unique catch: She wanted to do an internship in India. And it worked out: she spent her summer in India interning with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). For Singh, working for an organization with UNDP's global scale resulted in some key realizations:   "What it taught me first and foremost was how unsuitable I was for the nonprofit world. Even though UNDP is a global nonprofit, the mentality, the attitude and the way work is conducted is very different from a corporate setting. This was when I decided to connect my passion for working with grassroots and inclination toward a corporate setting by focusing on CSR."   continue reading