yoonji KIMCareerVillage.org Team
Great question! I graduated with an MA in Global Communications and worked at a nonprofit partnered with the US Dept. of State where I did a lot of comms work before I came to CareerVillage.org. Jean has some excellent advice. I'll add some additional insights from my past experience for you to consider.
I'd start by doing your homework and finding a few organizations that are held in high regard in your areas of interest. I saw from your profile that you are passionate about helping refugees and supporting the LGBTQ community, especially its seniors. UNHCR - The UN Refugee Agency, the IRC, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Trevor Project are just some of the great organizations that come to my mind for your consideration. Once you have a list, start following them on social media and sign up for their newsletters so that you can get a feel for the way they communicate about themselves, their issue areas, and recent happenings within/affecting their organization. The orgs usually advertise their openings via their communication channels so there's another added perk of following the latest news from them. (If you're on the job hunt, make sure to create job alerts on your favorite few job boards like LinkedIn, Indeed, Idealist, and others!)
Something to think about are the aspects of communications you like to do on a day-to-day basis. Do you like social media or do you prefer to do other communications aspects like outreach or advocacy? Or do you prefer to send out newsletters, press releases, and other updates? Bigger NGOs will sometimes have staff members focusing on different areas so think about what sparks joy for YOU and find opportunities that fit.
I'd highly suggest taking the initiative and have a handful of various writing samples that you are proud of and have them set aside so that when a job opportunity at a great organization comes up, you have those resources readily available and can apply quickly. If you're interested in managing an organization's social media accounts, then make sure that your personal social media accounts are looking professional and can show your style and body of work.
Those are a few suggestions. I hope you find this helpful! If you have any follow-up questions, drop a comment and I'd be happy to provide more insights.