Nonprofit = unpaid?
Not true! There are paid jobs in non-profit organizations. Nonprofit organizations (also know as NPO's) have many paid positions available in roles that range from PR and marketing to development, volunteer coordination, case management and much more. And even if you don't think you will pursue non-profit work long-term, chances are you have a talent they need. Interning or volunteering in these settings can be a great way to build your resume and portfolio.
Nonprofit careers are popular in large part because they enable individuals to work for a cause they believe in. Compared to the private sector, NPO's are considered to be mission rather than profit driven. Examples include social service organizations, many museums, charities, and cultural organizations.
Getting work at an NPO
- Volunteer as much as possible in college to prove a dedication to service
- Take on activities that demonstrate your interest in specific causes. You will have a better shot if you can show that you support the mission.
- Join networking organizations like the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. The nonprofit sector can be like a family – you have to network your way in.
- Consider searching by CAUSE rather than JOB. Applicants sometimes select the organizations they want to work for and then flex their role.
Web Resources for Non-profit Jobs
Young Nonprofit Professionals Network- Chicago Chapter
B Corp Directory of Companies