- DC Connections
- Seattle Connections
- Chicago Connections
- Ole Social Impact
- 2018 Government & Nonprofit Career Fair
- Social Work Showcase
Where can I find internship, job and volunteer opportunities?
- Hidden positions (through networking)
- Macalester Field-Focused Organizations (social impact and nonprofit internships in Minnesota)
- Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Job & Internship Board
- Pollen (job and internship board) and Idealist.org (job and internship board)
- Gap and Service Year Programs
- Opportunities with local Northfield nonprofit organizations (featured Handshake search)
- Social Entrepreneurship Scholars
- Svoboda Legal Scholars
- Community Development in Asia
- Davis Projects for Peace
- Opportunities with Minnesota Campus Compact
- General Internship & Research Resources
Where can I find funding for an unpaid or underpaid opportunity?
- PACON Grant Award for Unpaid or Underpaid Internships
- Piper Center Grant Award for Unpaid or Underpaid Internships
- Johnson Family Opportunity Fund
- Additional Funding Resources
A Note about the Nonprofit and Social Impact Hiring Cycle
With the exception of selective gap year and service programs, the majority of nonprofit, social services, and social impact organizations hire on an “as-needed basis”. This means that full-time job opportunities are posted and made available in order to fill an immediate need or vacancy in the organization. For this reason, students seeking full-time, entry-level employment at these organizations will apply for opportunities typically no earlier than March of the senior year. Internship hiring in these organization typically does not occur before the January prior to the summer internship term.
In order to enhance the likelihood of success in the nonprofit job and internship search, students should take advantage of the preceding summer and fall to begin connecting and networking with professionals in their field. These relationships can be leveraged to support the student’s search in the spring and mid-winter months. Students can network with alumni at on-campus networking events or individually through informational interviews. For more information on the nonprofit job and internship search, please make an appointment with Thando Kunene through Handshake.
Explore Social Impact, Nonprofit, and Ministry Careers
- What can I do with a major in….?
- General Resources for Exploring Careers
- Online Alumni Directory
Social Impact and Nonprofit
Academic Department Resources
- Social Work Department
- Sociology/Anthropology Department Internships
- Political Science Department Internships
- Women and Gender Studies Internships
- “I Want to Help People” Social Work course
- Meet with a coach in the Piper Center — Kristi Kehrwald supports students who are interested in pursuing opportunities related to ministry, and Thando Kunene supports students who are interested in participating in service programs, including those which are faith-based.
- You may find it helpful to discuss your interest in ministry with a pastor, religious leader, spiritual director, or other members of your community, church, and/or family. Here at St. Olaf, consider speaking with pastors Matt Marohl and Katie Fick in College Ministry.
- A Seminary and Divinity School Fair will be held on campus during Fall Semester 2018. This event provides a good opportunity for students to discuss seminary and divinity school programs with representatives from a wide variety of programs. Search for this event on Handshake for the most recent information.
International and Off-campus Studies Programs with Internships, Research or Experiential Learning
- Arts, Entrepreneurship, & Urban Studies, Chicago, IL
- Collective Memory in Revolutionary Cuba
- Community Internships in Latin America, Quito, and Ecuador
- Costa Rica: Community Engagement in Public Health, Education, and the Environment
- Democracy and Social Change in Northern Ireland
- Development in Southern Africa, Gabarone, Botswana
- Inequality in America: Policy, Community, and the Politics of Empowerment, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
- Nation Building, Globalization, & Decolonizing the Mind, Windhoek, Namibia
- New Norway: Globalization, National Identity, and the Politics of Belonging, Oslo, Norway