So, you’re interested in working for a non-profit. But, wait, there’s so many to choose from, which one is the right for you? In this article, we will go over the steps to finding a non-profit organization that aligns with your interests.
What is a non-profit?
Well, the simple answer is that a non-profit is an organization that does not operate with the main goal of making a profit. A non-profit generally has the goal of achieving a shared goal or working towards a specific social cause.
What are the different types of non-profits?
There are two main types of non-profits, which are non-profit organizations (NPO) and not-for-profit organizations (NFPO). Their main difference is that NPOs serve the public in general, while an NFPO might serve a specific social group. There are other groups, NPO and NFPO are the most common, you can find more information here.
Where’s a good place to start?
Research is always a good place to start, whether you have a clear idea in mind or you just want to see what opportunities are available to you. A good start might be looking to non-profits that are in your area, and serve to achieve a shared goal or work towards a cause that you have an interest in.
What if I have no idea?
Well, a good place to start is guidestar.org a website that serves as a directory for all charities and non-profit organizations! Guidestar even goes as far as to separate the categories into Arts, Culture and Humanities; Education and Research; Environment and Animals; Health; Human Services; International; Public, Societal Benefit; and Religion.
Are you involved on campus?
Chances are there is a student-run organization on campus that aligns with your interests. This is a good place to talk with like-minded students, and see what non-profits they are interested in, or have even had internships with.
Have you met with a Career Coach in the Center for Career Development?
If you haven’t yet met with a Career Coach in your campus’s Center for Career Development, they’d be happy to have an appointment with you! They can help you navigate Handshake and see if there are any non-profit internships in fields that you are interested in. Remote appointments can be made by logging into Handshake.