Thinking about a Career in the Nonprofit Sector?

According to our most recent alumni survey, almost 10% of our graduates work for nonprofit organizations. (One we’ve featured here is Tim Anderson, ’05, who started his own nonprofit, Ace Hoops.) But how do you break into this diverse sector? What can you do to prepare for such careers?

• A good starting resource is the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN), which has about 2000 member organizations, and hosts its own jobs board. You can search by keyword, job title, type of organization, location, and type of job. (For example, a search for full-time jobs at nonprofits in the Twin Cities area focused on education or arts/culture revealed over 100 open postings.)

• If you’re a current student or recent grad and looking to test the nonprofit waters, get some valuable experience (and perhaps course credit), and network, you can also search for internships using the MCN job board. (Here’s a search for all current nonprofit internships in the Twin Cities.)

• You might find some advice for how to get started in the nonprofit sector (or how to prepare for it as a current college student) in this Q&A featuring Shelly Cryer, author of The Nonprofit Career Guide, and hosted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

• And, of course, be sure to visit Bethel’s own Office of Career Development and Calling, which has many more relevant resources and can help you work on your resume, cover letter, and interviewing skills.

Any advice from Bethel alumni who work for a nonprofit? (How you broke into that field? What preparation was most valuable for you?)

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