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.

“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.

Nov 27, 2022

D-Prize Global Competition - direct application fall cycle deadline

Eligible: any and all applicants are welcome, regardless of age, major, or nationality.

International Student, International Student, Travel, Service, Postgraduate

The D-Prize Global Competition is live and seeking new social entrepreneurs! D-Prize challenges bold new leaders to tackle extreme poverty. This year, as many as 30 teams will be awarded with up to $20,000 each to launch nonprofits or social ventures that can distribute proven poverty interventions to thousands, maybe even millions, of people. Who should apply? You should have enormous ambition, and can imagine yourself as a successful entrepreneur. You are ready to launch your new venture, and - if a pilot proves successful – you are excited to grow it into a world changing organization....