Careers in Nonprofits

Hayley
Hayley Meredith McIlvaine

While all nonprofits share a commitment to bettering society in some capacity, they are incredibly diverse in terms of size, focus, and type. In the United States alone there are millions of nonprofits ranging from small, community-based organizations, to cultural and educational institutions such as museums, universities and colleges (like Wellesley!) to large foundations supporting causes around the globe.

Service Fellowships

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Service is at the very heart of Wellesley’s motto, and fellowships can support all kinds of service in the world: in the U.S. and abroad; for undergraduates and graduates; with structured opportunities, placement with NGOs, or “build your own” projects. This resource is by no means exhaustive, but instead aims to provide an introduction to some of the most common fellowships as well as some helpful first steps. 

“We have authored research documents on a wide range of labor issues, from exploitative employment contracts in textile factories to sexual harassment on tea estates.”

Wellesley Career Education Summer Internship Grants (Stipends for Student-Identified Placements)

Lorraine
Lorraine Hanley ’98

Through the ongoing and generous support of our donors, the College is able to offer funding to support unpaid internships which students identify on their own. Many award recipients pursue internships in nonprofit organizations focused on education and other community development areas, but funding is available for opportunities in other sectors both within the United States and internationally, as well. In addition to the stipends, Wellesley Career Education staff provide ongoing professional development and career education training throughout their summer experiences.

Careers in Fundraising and Development

Hayley
Hayley Meredith McIlvaine

A field that often goes unexplored by many students is a career in fundraising and development. These professionals secure the resources and foundations needed to fuel mission-driven nonprofits

Library Science

Hayley
Hayley Meredith McIlvaine

Wherever there’s a need for information, there’s a need for a librarian. Libraries have been empowering people by offering resources, services and training to expand their knowledge for thousands of years. According to the American Library Association career resource page there are approximately 400,000 librarians and library workers who bring opportunity every day to the communities they serve.

“Detroit has opened my eyes to the role of the built environment in creating a sense of place for its inhabitants.”

“Investors don’t have to choose between making money & making the world better... Today’s smart money is investing in people and the planet.”

“In a given week, I might be working with our program staff who are based around the US, Canada and the UK to design learning experiences for teachers; meeting with partner organizations to plan collaborative projects; consulting with filmmakers or scholars who want to reach students; or researching and writing about challenging issues for educators.... It’s probably unusual to stay at one place for so long, but I’ve always been able to answer ‘yes’ to a few key questions: Am I learning? Is my world getting bigger? Is my work making a difference?”

“From the beginning, my career mentor was there to brainstorm, encourage, and motivate me to pursue an internship that aligned with my interests.”

On-Campus Recruiting Program Policies (Students)

Sarah Isham
Sarah Isham

Career Education expects all students to abide by the following rules in order to maintain the success and integrity of Wellesley’s recruiting program.

Projects for Peace (students)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Created in 2007 by Kathryn Wasserman Davis (Wellesley College '28), the Projects for Peace program offers undergraduates and graduating seniors funding to design a grassroots project for the summer of 2022—anywhere in the world — that promotes peace and addresses the root causes of conflict among parties. Projects may employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers that cause conflict, and finding ways to resolve conflict and maintain peace. Any current Wellesley student is eligible to apply. Campus application deadline typically in January.

Upcoming Event

FAO Schwarz Fellowship Info Session

Tuesday, December 6th 2022, 12:30 pm -
1:15 pm EST

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship program is designed to develop the leadership skills of recent college graduates and prepare them for success in the social impact sector.

This selective Fellowship is one of very few paid two-year domestic fellowships in social change and offers excellent preparation for a career in nonprofits and public service. The Fellowship also prepares students interested in applying to graduate programs related to policy, education, social work or management.

Upcoming Event

EXPLO Summer Program Information Session

Friday, December 2nd 2022, 12:00 pm -
1:00 pm EST

Learn about EXPLO Summer Teaching Opportunities! All majors and class years, including international students who can apply for CPT, are eligible to apply for positions at EXPLO.

EXPLO is a mission-driven, educational non-profit with more than 85,000 student alumni who hail from 90 countries. We offer residential summer programs for students in grades 4 through 12 on the campuses of Wellesley College, Sarah Lawrence College, and Regis College.

Feb 12, 2023

Project Horseshoe Farm Gap Year Fellows - direct application deadline for year-long program

Eligible: recent college graduates from around the nation interested in community health, health system innovation, organizational leadership and management, education, and service to others. If the applicant is not a US citizen but has a valid visa during the time that they would be a Fellow, they can apply.

Service, Postgraduate, International Student

Horseshoe Farm offers an intensive paid gap year (13 month) Community Health Leaders Fellowship. It is geared to top recent college graduates from around the nation interested in community health and education, non-profit and organizational management, and community service leadership. The competitive Fellowship is a unique opportunity for high levels of responsibility and to help shape community health locally. Its ultimate aim is to prepare citizen service leaders needed for tomorrow's communities.  Please note...

Feb 10, 2023

FAO Schwarz Fellowship - direct application deadline

Eligible: seniors eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the Fellowship.

Postgraduate, International Student, Service

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship is an intensive, transformative two-year experience in the world of social change designed to develop your knowledge and leadership abilities.  The Fellows work at leading nonprofit organizations in Boston, New York City and Philadelphia. These organizations are all deeply valued in their communities and have a strong record of delivering consistent results and high-quality services. Host organizations vary from year to year — and all have a proven commitment to addressing critical issues of social inequity.

The organizations selected this year are ...