This topic provides the do's and don'ts for finding various non-profit internships. You can search different websites to find your dream internship, and find out how to land that internship. This topic also covers how to distinguish whether an opportunity is an internship, or actually glorified volunteer work. Check out the links and articles to find the perfect internship for you!
Full Frame Initiative is a great non-profit organization that targets helping people who are living in poverty or violence through using principles and practices commonly used in the community. Their goal is to help the community to grow and thrive by not starting new practices or investing in new programs. You can find out if they are offering any internships or jobs by going to their"About us" tab and scrolling down to "Jobs and Internships".
Greenlight's overall goal is to strengthen the non-profit community for better "performance and impact". They provide management and consulting services to help get a non-profit started or to help further a non-profit's growth. All the non-profits referenced by Greenlight are legitimate and working non-profit organizations that are either up-and-coming or already highly established. Along with helping out with non-profit organizations themselves, Greenlight also provides job and internship opportunities provided by these non-profits. Each link to the non-profit provides the deadline for the internship and what is required to apply.
This is a great internship opportunity with Global Philanthropy Group. This link provides a description of the work done by interns with GPG and what is required to apply. Interns with GPG will learn relevant real world skills as well as basic administrative work. This link provides how to apply for this position and when the deadline is.
TOMS is an organization with a one-to-one movement: Buy shoes or sunglasses and inturn give to someone in need. What's great about TOMS is they provide various opportunities to get involved. If you are a college student, you can start TOMS campus programs to help contribute to the cause. You can participate in "One day without shoes" or "World Sight Day" which are events created by TOMS to raise awareness about their causes. You can participate in "Ticket to Give" which is an opportunity for TOMS fans to be a part of the giving trips and travel with TOMS to give shoes or sunglasses to people in need. Another opportunity they provide is amazing internships. With TOMS, you'll actually gain real-world experience through your work. Interning gives you the opportunity to be coached for your future career and work on projects that are actually used by TOMS. TOMS provides opportunities to volunteer and to actually work as an intern. To find out more about their job opportunities and internships, go to the following link and check out what opportunities are available! http://www.toms.com/our-movement/intern/l?icid=us-home-092011_73
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For students interested in non-profit jobs, there is a college course provided by Columbia College Chicago which preps students for internships. Applying for internships can be an extensive process and can be unique to the field you are preparing to go into. This class provides the basics of interviewing, social networking, question development, and PR strategies. This class also provides information about the different job positions for non-profit organizations.
Idealist is a website that targets providing internship, job, and volunteer opportunities for organization that work to help create change in the world. Idealist is essentially a curation sight for job opoprtunities. You can bookmark and favorite certain searches, and share different opportunities. This website allows people to explore various opportunities and a wide range of fields.
When Vancouver's Fairmont Waterfront Hotel posted an ad for unpaid interns to work busing tables in its dining room (“As a Busperson, you will take pride in the integral role you play in supporting your Food and Beverage ...
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This is an article discussing the problems of unpaid internships. The main argument was interns aren't paid for the work they provided. For non-profit interns, their unpaid work is easily considered volunteer work. An essential factor that separates volunteer work from internships in the non-profit field can be if it's paid, or if it's worth college credit.
Innov8Social is a great program that allows people to explore social innovation. Something they do differently on their website is offer a long list of fellowships availalble in various fields. Their fellowships range from law to nonprofits and cater to a number of different degrees. Next to each fellowship is the application deadline. The links to the fellowships also provide the various requirements when applying.
Youtern is a website and blog that connect you people with various career and internship opportunities. Through Youtern's blog, young people can obtain career advice such as how to compose a resume, what should be included in a cover letter, and how to network. Youtern provides a foundations for people entering the work force by providing the essential tools needed and offering advice.
A problem with searching for internships with non-profits is they can actually be volunteer opportunities. This is one of those instances. Though the link provided is for an "internship", the work that would be done is actually volunteer work. Another key inidicator that this is a volunteer opportunity is that it is under the "Volunteer" tab on this website. There is a grey area in the non-profit field between volunteer work and internships because sometimes the work done by both positions correlates.
This is another instance where the work done by a volunteer or an intern would essentially be the same work. Be sure to read the fine print to ensure that the internship opportunity you are looking for is in fact an internship, not another volunteer opportunity. Non-profit internships are difficult to obtain in this way because volunteering and working as an intern for a nonprofit can offer the same work.
This article provides 5 ways to help land an internship with a non-profit. Interning for non-profits is a little different than interning anywhere, thus making landing an internship a little different as well. With non-profits, you can network with different organizations by actually volunteering for them. This allows you to get to know the organization on a basic level and understand the work that organization does. The most important tip for landing a non-profit internship would be networking. Networking will get your name out their and land you different opportunities you wouldn't have had otherwise.
This is another website that provides different internship and fellowship opportunities in various fields. They are in order by date, and the website is frequently updated so users know when application dates have expired and when deadlines are coming up.