Facing the threat of privatization and for-profit competition, nonprofit organizations are challenged to find leaders who not only possess keen business and managerial skills, but can also effect change at a community or social level. Being successful in this dynamic and rewarding field requires strong leadership, managerial, and interpersonal skills, as well as in-depth knowledge of fundraising, marketing, program development, and governance issues.

Integrating theoretical approaches with practical applications, a degree in Nonprofit Management prepares you for a leadership position in a not-for-profit university, hospital, charity, foundation, or religious organization. Upon completion of this nonprofit degree, you emerge well equipped to embark on a career in nonprofit management—prepared [and inspired] to make a meaningful impact.

Concentrations: Global Studies, Human Services, Leadership, Organizational Communication, Project Management, Social Media and Online Communication, Sports and Social Change

Job Titles

Program Manager/coordinatorClinical Services Director*
Social Services Director/manager*Communications Coordinator
Membership AssociateGrant Manager
Assistant DirectorPublic Relations Specialist
operations managerDirector of Development
AdvocateHuman Resources Manager/Generalist
Grant WriterAssociate director of Advancement
Volunteer Services Coordinator

Positions that require additional education or training are indicated by a (*).
Job qualifications are based not only on degree program, but on skills and experience. Students should seek out as many experiential opportunities in their fields of interest as possible, including Co-op and internships.

Employers

This is a limited sample of employers who have posted jobs on NUcareers; please note, that they may not currently have positions posted.
Human Rights OrganizationsSocial Advocacy Organizations
Environmental OrganizationsGrantmaking Foundations
Conservation OrganizationsVoluntary Health Organizations
Wildlife OrganizationsHospitals

Internships and Co-ops

These sample titles can be used to research internship opportunities in the field.

  • Project Management Intern
  • Project Manager Undergraduate Intern
  • Business Development Intern
  • Advocacy Intern

To search for internship opportunities, login to NUcareers, Career Development’s online job and internship database for opportunities with employers seeking to hire NU students.

Students enrolled in the College of Professional Studies may search their website for co-op and internship information.

Resources

The following resources include various websites and campus resources that will aid you in exploring this career field and industry.

Career & Job Websites

Campus Organizations & Activities

*For additional student organizations click here.
*For additional student activities click here.

Professional Associations

Find valuable industry information, job sites, and professionals in the field you may contact for informational interview requests and networking opportunities.

Social Media

Sample LinkedIn.com Groups providing resources such as industry trends, company information, job listings, and networking opportunities within the field: