Education and Human Services

Has a career in guiding, teaching and mentorship interested you? Do you find yourself enjoying your time being actively involved in supporting your community or local school? Do your transferrable skills include creating connections, communication, compassion and advocacy?

This cluster encompasses a large variety of occupations that allows you to help others and heal those who need it most.

Possible Career Paths

  • Academic advisor
  • Career counselor
  • Childcare worker
  • Child, family or school social worker
  • Teacher
  • Parent educator
  • School counselor
  • Education administrator
  • Resource development coordinator
  • Sociologist
  • Social services worker
  • Personal or home care aide
  • Probation officer
  • Public health educator
  • Corrections treatment specialist

Although these lists encompass some occupations in the cluster, this is just a sample. Be sure to keep an open mind and dig deeper into the other careers that play a part in these industries. It is helpful to dive into the skills used within each role to see which area complements your own.

  • K12JobSpot — Search for your next job in education
  • HigherEdJobs — Search for positions within higher education
  • School Spring — Whether you’re just starting out or you're experienced, SchoolSpring is the best place to manage your education career. Access thousands of job openings nationwide from all over the web in a single, easy-to-search engine.
  • Social Service — Social service and social work jobs throughout the United States. Free for job seekers.
  • Social Work — Search for the best jobs and resources for social workers.
  • National Human Services Jobs — The National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) is a nonprofit organization representing human service practitioners, educators, students, and future human service professionals.

Internships and Research Opportunities

  • Department of Education — The Department of Education (ED) offers internships for students and recent graduates interested in seeking valuable work experience in government and federal education, policy, and administration.
  • Teach for America — Make an impact and grow your leadership as a college student. Teach For America offers programs and paid internships for undergraduates throughout the year.
  • Center for Human Services — CHS has employment opportunities in a variety of programs with various locations, some office-based and some community-based.
  • Child and Family Services — Child and Family Service’s internship program offers diverse experiences for students at any academic level.
  • American Educational Research Association — AERA's more than 25,000 members are faculty, researchers, graduate students, post doc and other distinguished professionals with rich and diverse expertise in education research. They work in a range of settings from universities and other academic institutions to research institutes, federal and state agencies, school systems, testing companies, and nonprofit organizations.
  • Society for Social Work and Research — The Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), founded in 1993, is a non‐profit, professional membership organization. SSWR supports social workers, social welfare professionals, social work students, social work faculty and researchers in related fields.
  • Peace Corps — Volunteers partner with communities to create links among schools, parents, and communities. They may work in elementary, secondary, or post-secondary schools, teaching subjects such as math, science, or conversational English; or serve as a resource for teachers or teacher trainers. Volunteers also support the development of libraries and technology resource centers.

UO Resources

  • Global Education Oregon (GEO) Study Abroad — Studying abroad provides an invaluable opportunity to explore and learn about cultures around the world. Global competence and understanding of different cultural perspectives are crucial to professional success. The University of Oregon’s GEO program provides several options for you to explore and learn.
  • GlobalWorks — Connects academic study with real-world experiences by providing full-time international internship opportunities to UO students in a wide variety of career sectors.
  • College of Education — The UO College of Education has a variety of specific research opportunities available to students interested in this area of study. They also provide information on finding funding to go towards your research project and training opportunities.
  • Family and Human Services Resources — Looking for specific FHS career advice? There is a place for that! Check out the FHS resources pages to learn more about academic resources, but also a large scale of career resources to help further your growth.
  • UO Peace Corps Campus Recruiter — Working with the UO recruiter will give you the guidance you need to be most competitive when applying for Peace Corps.