Non-Profits, Social Justice, Advocacy and Community Organizing
Alumni/ae of YDS have a long history of service in the not-for profit sector. Our graduates work in programmatic and administrative arms of agencies and organizations across the US and beyond.
How to prepare for work in the field.
Volunteer. Many, many non-profits prefer to hire former interns and former volunteers. The more you volunteer, the greater your experience base and also the larger your professional network.
Network. Take advantage of the alumni career network and set up informational interviews. Go to conferences and meetings. Meet as many individuals in the field as you can.
Consider an internship in an area of interest. Academic year internships through the Office of Supervised Ministries are a great start, along with the summer Leadership in Public Ministry program through the same office. Summer (not for credit) opportunities abound. Consider these programs:
Finding positions after graduation.
Note that hiring cycles for not-for-profit work are short. Typically positions are advertised once vacant and filled within a month or two of advertisement. This means that while a student will spend lots of time in the fall term of his or her graduating year networking and preparing documents, it is unlikely that he or she will begin applying until February or later. There are always exceptions, though, so do keep your eyes open!
Applications typically consist of a resume of no more than two pages and a thoughtful, site-specific cover letter.
The following sites are good starting points for finding positions:
http://www.citylimits.org/jobs/advocacy (community organizing and advocacy in New York City)
http://www.citylimits.org/jobs/services (social services and agencies jobs in New York City)
www.idealist.org This web page provides links to jobs (and volunteer opportunities) in non-profit organizations world wide. Search by position or location.
Eco Jobs(environmental advocacy)