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How would I go about getting a job in nonprofit development?

As a political science major, my education is pretty broad. My dream job would be in development for a human rights or international nonprofit organization, but I am unsure how to get experience in that field to be able to apply for jobs. I have heard that joining the Peace Corps is really the only way to get involved with that and I was also wondering if that was true. #organization #nonprofits #ngos #international-ngos

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Wendy’s Answer

Find a non-profit your are interested in & talk to someone there - most development directors are usually very open/willing to talk to students interested in joining the np world. They may even offer an internship or let you shadow someone to see what a typical day in life is all about.

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Donald’s Answer

I agree with Wendy. It may not be possible to get a development job with an international nfp immediately but there are a lot of nfp that need creative people who can write. You can learn a lot while working for one of them while you explore the nfp in which you are interested. While working, I would urge you to dive deep into the human rights/international world and make as many contacts as you can; join organizations and attend conference. Market yourself just like you would a product. In fact, you might be able to volunteer for an organization and while not making any money get a lot of experience and knowledge.

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Shalini’s Answer

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My advice to people on a path to get into the international development world is to set yourself apart as much as possible. Language skills and lived experience is very important. I encourage people who can, to live and work overseas for 2-3 years. This strengthens your resume and sets you apart. The Peace Corps is not the only way to gain international experience, I would encourage you to follow the advice of some of the other responders - get a foot in the door of an organization you are really interested in by interning or volunteering. Get on email lists, attend talks and conferences on the topics that interest you. Many conferences offer free registration if you volunteer for them.


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Laura Rose’s Answer

Find some non-profits near you doing the kind of work you're interested in, and contact them! Most are ALWAYS interested in volunteers. It's good to see what it's really like to work at a NGO.

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