Social Impact & Sustainability

Learn how to harness the power of business to pursue social change. Whether you’re interested in working for a nonprofit, investing in social impact initiatives, or simply want to learn more about the field, Michigan Ross can help you to explore careers in social impact and sustainability. 

How We Help You Get There  

The Ross Career Development Office (CDO) provides both personal and career exploration support to help you learn more about what a career in social and sustainability could look like, and if it aligns with your goals. Often, jobs with a social impact or sustainability focus are embedded in other roles like consulting, marketing, finance, and others. Take advantage of job search coaching, interview preparation, and job negotiation training, and benefit from a career coach who specializes in helping students prepare for and learn more about social impact and sustainability roles. You can also gain insight and advice from BBA peer coaches on similar career tracks.

Erin Allett

Careers with Impact, Marketing, Entertainment/Media/Sports Career Coach

Explore Courses that Support Social Impact & Sustainability Careers 

Collaborate with academic and peer advisors to develop an individualized course plan to help you meet your academic and career goals. Identify courses and opportunities at Michigan Ross and across U-M that will stretch your skills and help prepare you for success. Examples of elective courses that students interested in social impact and sustainability may want to consider are included below. 

Gain Real-World Social Impact & Sustainability Experience 

Experience what a career in social impact and sustainability really looks like. Capstone Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) courses give BBA seniors the chance to work hands-on with a company or organization to help solve some of the world's most pressing issues.

The Empowerment Plan

Detroit, MI

Create a vendor-engagement model detailing how to engage with existing/new vendors as well as volunteers to maximize capabilities and services "donated" to The Empowerment Plan.

Argus Farm Stop

Detroit, MI

Develop a replicable operations model for "farm stop" stores.

Pursue More Social Impact Experiences

Be the change you want to see in the world. Explore opportunities available through our Business+Impact hub, the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, or student-led clubs.

Business+Impact

Be the difference. With Business+Impact, Michigan Ross students are given the chance to explore how they can drive social change on all levels. Make a positive difference in people’s lives, around the corner and across the globe.

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Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise 

The Erb Institute equips business students with the skills and knowledge necessary to create environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable organizations.

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Social Venture Fund

The University of Michigan is home to the nation’s first student-led impact investing fund. Get the chance to manage investments for companies responding to societal needs that traditional markets have insufficiently addressed.

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Hear from Other Students

Read up on the Ross experiences of other students considering careers in social impact and sustainability.

Alumni
BBA/BA '19

Chelsea Racelis

Making a Difference, On Campus and In the Future

“Being able to do human rights and international studies along with business, and try to find a bridge between the two, has been something that Michigan allowed me to do.”

Career Outcomes in Social Impact & Sustainability

$44-94K

base starting salary range

$6,000

signing bonus

Top Social Impact & Sustainability Employers of Michigan Ross BBA Graduates
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