The Career Center understands that the uncertainty caused by sequestration will have an effect on our students and alumni who are currently searching for jobs and internships. We are planning a series of workshops to discuss the possible impact of sequestration on the job and internship search and offer ideas to address this challenge. In the meantime, here are some resources to find jobs and internships outside of the federal government:
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The Opportunity Knocks website has announced the 4th Annual “Peoples Choice Best Nonprofit to Work For Awards.”
Winners are mainly local organizations throughout the USA, but one familiar name for AU students is ACDI/VOCA, a large DC-based international NGO that promotes broad-based economic growth and the development of civil society in emerging democracies and developing countries. Factors considered in selecting the winners were: quality of work/life balance, organizational adherence to its mission, comradery of employees, unique benefits, training programs and career paths. A total of fifteen (15) winners were named in three categories based on size of operating budget.
A federal appeals court ruling strengthens the right of faith-based NGOs to restrict employment only to those who share their religious beliefs, and even to fire those who don’t. The case involves World Vision, a global humanitarian relief organization.
Following up on a previous post, the IRS now has a state-by-state list of non-profit organizations that are in danger of losing their tax exemptions and possibly going out of business. If you are considering an internship or job with a small non-profit that is not well known, it may be worth a couple minutes of your time to check this out.
The Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance provides an easy way for anyone to check out the performance & credibility of any one of thousands of American non-profit organizations you may be considering for an internship or employment. Just go to this page and fill in the name of the non-profit employer.
BBB has just released a list of standards that national charities most commonly fail to meet when being evaluated against its 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Insufficient transparency, inadequate board activity and the lack of assessment of charity effectiveness account for the most failures.
Charity Navigator has published its annual nationwide study on non-profit organizations in the 30 largest US cities. For job-seekers, the most useful aspect of this user-friendly website enables you to access lists of the largest non-profits in each of these cities (e.g., the 88 largest charitable organizations in Philadelphia).
“Philosophy majors make happy people” according to one student who attended Philosophy Career Night on February 18, 2010. Students had the opportunity to hear about the varied lives and careers of six Philosophy alumni. Students at Philosophy Career Night learned such tips as “Studying Philosophy enables a deeper understanding of societal issues and a greater sensitivity to social justice” and “private sector can be useful for getting higher power jobs in nonprofits later”.
Listen to our video to hear more of what students learned from our amazing alumni:
If you couldn’t make the event here are tips the alumni shared: