nuCAUSE (Creating Awareness and Understanding of Social Engagement Careers) is an Employer Engagement and Career Design initiative designed to help you learn about social change careers in the non-profit, private and government sectors.  Through programs that convene students, faculty, staff, employers and community organizations, nuCAUSE Careers provides information, resources, and connections to help you find work that is personally meaningful and that contributes to the common good.

Nonprofit organizations earn $670 billion annually and one in twelve Americans works in those organizations. Here are some reasons for obtaining a career in the nonprofit world:

Doing Good

People who work for nonprofits believe in a cause or mission and want to contribute to their community.

Great Experience

In nonprofits, you get to wear many hats and develop experiences that you can take with you whether you stay in nonprofits or go to work for a corporation.
Training – Nonprofit organizations are devoted to training and professional development.

Work Environment

At nonprofits, there is more concern about individuals’ work/life balance. Salaries may not be as high as those in private industry, but there are family-friendly policies and more generous vacation plans.

Non-Profit Job and Internship Resources

Volunteer Resources

Job Resources

Blogs & Other Info

Year of Service – Environmental

  • Student Conservation Association Resource Assistant Program – Provides room, board and travel allowance for 3-month environmental projects, primarily in national parks. Applications accepted throughout the year based on scheduled programs.
  • Willing Workers On Organic Farms (WWOOF) – Connects volunteers with organic famers both domestically and internationally. Volunteers learn organic farming techniques from organic farmers by working and living with a host family (and learning about life and culture) in another country. Applications accepted throughout the year based on volunteer opportunities.
  • Cool Works – Seasonal jobs in the national parks, ski resorts, ranches, etc.

Around the World

International Schools Services
One of the best known and most utilized recruiting sources for teachers. This site provides information about teaching abroad as well as job opportunities.

Search Associates
Places teachers and interns in international schools around the world.

Provides a list of language schools around the world as well as information about teaching English abroad.

World Teach  (volunteer jobs – unpaid)

Teachers for Tomorrow (volunteer jobs – unpaid)
No teaching experience needed, only a university degree.

Cultural Embrace

TIE Online
Provides job vacancies and advice on teaching and working abroad

CIEE Teach Abroad


Paid English Teaching Jobs in Asia. Teaching degree not required.

Travel & Teach – South Korea
No teaching experience needed.

Adventure Teaching –South Korea and China

Dave’s ESL Café
Specializes in teaching jobs in Asia and has a job board that has jobs posted for teaching jobs in various locations.

Middle Kingdom Group
Helps students find teaching positions in China.

Eslinsider Starters Guide to Teaching English
This is a detailed guide (9,000+ words) on teaching in Korea, China, Japan and Taiwan.

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme
Positions – Assistant Language Teachers -Coordinators for International Relations – Sports Exchange Advisors Participants are placed in organizations all over Japan and receive a 1 year contract to live and work there.

South America

Transitions Abroad
This site contains a variety of websites regarding teaching jobs and information about teaching in South America


Cultural Embrace – Europe and South America

Other Helpful Resources

The Boston Language Institute
Phone: 617-262-3500 Email: Offers monthly intensive English teacher-training certificate programs (4 weeks) and frequent part-time (Saturday) programs (12 weeks). The tuition for both full-time and part-time programs, including all class materials and deposits, is $2,795.00.

Boston Academy of English
Phone: (617) 338-6243 Offers full-time and part-time certificate programs. Tuition is specific for each program.

University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)

Trinity College London
For more detailed information regarding courses go to ESLBase.

Go Overseas
This site contains reviews of programs, articles, and other resources.

Transitions Abroad
This site contains a variety of websites regarding teaching jobs and information about teaching in South America

Many students decide to do a Gap Year after graduation as a way to explore potential careers and build new skills, have a travel experience, do meaningful volunteer work or just have an amazing adventure!

General Resources
The Gap Year
Gap Work

Service Corps


AmeriCorps State and National
AmeriCorps VISTA
AmeriCorps NCCC
Public Allies
Teach For America
Match Corps
City Year


Peace Corps
United Nations Volunteers


Projects Abroad
Global Service Corps
Health Volunteers Overseas
Cross Cultural Solutions
United Planet


The Student Conservation Association
Green Corps
US Fish and Wildlife Service


Northeastern University Career Development maintains a list of fellowship opportunities on the Fellowships page

CORO Fellows in Public Affairs
United Way Community Fellows

International Jobs

These organizations assist in finding short-term work abroad (for a fee)

Council on International Exchange
Mountbatten Institute
Development Jobs
Public Interest Clearinghouse
Nonprofit Career Network

Odd/Adventure Jobs

Therapeutic Youth Alternatives
Back Door Jobs
Cool Works
Looking For Adventure
Adventure Jobs