All industries have their own hiring process and timeline. Nonprofits are no different. You’ll find nonprofits recruiting on campus throughout the year by offering information sessions or tabling. Many Carleton alumni who work within this sector come to campus for 30 Minute informational interviews and workshops to share their expertise. Career Center staff can also provide resources to find positions which allow you to make a difference and be part of the solution.
- Idealist.org – The world’s best resource to find volunteer opportunities, nonprofit jobs, internships, and organizations working to change the world.
- The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits – A phenomenal job board (includes internships, paid positions, and board positions). They also provide grant-writing training.
- Minnesota Council on Foundations – A good job board for fundraising positions. It also has a searchable database of grant opportunities. It costs money, but is worth it for organizations doing institutional fundraising.
- The Nonprofit Times – This online periodical is filled with interesting articles about careers in nonprofits. It includes an excellent “help wanted” section as well.
- SocialService.com – Free job searching, résumé posting and email updates of new jobs posted.
- GuideStar – Find jobs at nonprofit organizations across the country by field, type of organization, income range, and location on this comprehensive nonprofit database.
- Philanthropy.com – Serving nonprofit leaders, fundraisers, grant makers, and others involved in the philanthropic enterprise, including with listings of career opportunities.
To gain nonprofit experience, we recommend connecting with CCCE, Carleton’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement to find volunteer experiences that fit in with your interests.
The Big Ones
These programs are some of the largest volunteer organizations of their kind and a number of Carleton alumni have worked with these organizations. They serve both in the US and abroad.
- Peace Corps – Peace Corps Volunteers travel overseas to make real differences in the lives of real people.
- AmeriCorps*VISTA – AmeriCorps places individuals with community-based agencies to help find long-term solutions to the problems caused by urban and rural poverty. Lots of volunteer opportunities available.
- Teach for America – Large program to help educate children. Site also has an online application.
- Catholic Volunteer Network – The largest and most comprehensive guide to Catholic and Christian volunteer programs available. The RESPONSE Directory allows you to search all volunteer opportunities offered by 200 member programs.
- Lutheran Volunteer Corps – Building community, living simply & sustainably, and working for justice.
- Jesuit Volunteer Corps – JVC engages brave young leaders in life-changing service, living and working with those in need to build a more just and hopeful world.
- Quaker Volunteer Service – QVS is an experiment at the intersection of transformational spirituality and activism, a year-long Fellowship program for young adults
- Avodah Jewish Service Corps – Sparking Jewish Leaders, Igniting Social Change