By May, senior Jason Whye could be restoring nat­ural habi­tats or removing inva­sive plants as a com­mu­nity crew leader for a national con­ser­va­tion group that hires stu­dents to work in the national parks and forests.

I want to do some­thing because it makes a pos­i­tive impact, not because it makes a lot of money,” said Whye, a his­tory major whose longer-​​term goal is to teach high school history.

Whye was one of about 200 stu­dents and alumni who handed out résumés, honed their net­working skills and exchanged busi­ness cards with more than 60 employers at Northeastern’s nuCAUSE (Cre­ating Aware­ness and Under­standing of Social Engage­ment) Careers Expo last Thursday. The expo, held in Cabot Cage, was spon­sored by the University’s career ser­vices office, which has received best-​​in-​​the-​​nation acco­lades from The Princeton Review.

The expo was the first of four upcoming events on campus designed to help stu­dents learn about career oppor­tu­ni­ties in social change. A non­profit net­working event will be held in the Egan Research Center on March 24 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

We have launched an entire ini­tia­tive to make stu­dents aware of the social engage­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties avail­able in the non­profit sector,” said Maria Stein, director of career services.

More stu­dents are becoming inter­ested in social engage­ment and more non­profit employers are coming to campus,” she added, noting that North­eastern stu­dents are top can­di­dates for posi­tions with Teach For America and the Peace Corps. “Stu­dents can make a living while doing good,” Stein said.

Like Whye, third-​​year envi­ron­mental studies and inter­na­tional affairs dual major Elena Huisman said she “would like to work toward some­thing that changes the world.”

Huisman, who grew up in a family devoted to recy­cling and other con­ser­va­tion prac­tices, attended the expo to pin­point envi­ron­men­tally focused non­profit orga­ni­za­tions where she might like to work after graduation.

It just made sense to carry what I’ve known my whole life into a career,” said Huisman, who is pur­suing a co-​​op posi­tion in refor­esta­tion in Ecuador.

Employers view North­eastern stu­dents as top-​​of-​​the-​​line job can­di­dates because their expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties imbue them with a greater sense of pro­fes­sion­alism and can-​​do confidence.

North­eastern stu­dents already have expe­ri­ence in the working envi­ron­ment because of co-​​op,” said Susan Rapoza-​​Houle, director of recruit­ment and ori­en­ta­tion for Beacon Ser­vices. The Massachusetts-​​based edu­ca­tion, assess­ment and con­sulting group serves chil­dren in need of behav­ioral support.

Rapoza-​​Houle said stu­dents who com­pleted the applied behavior analysis pro­gram through the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences at North­eastern are uniquely suited to become ther­a­pists for the orga­ni­za­tion. Edu­ca­tors who work with chil­dren and their fam­i­lies, she said, use many of the prin­ci­ples stu­dents learn in the program.

North­eastern stu­dents are more focused than stu­dents who grad­u­ated from other schools,” she said.