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
|Program Manager/coordinator||Clinical Services Director*|
|Social Services Director/manager*||Communications Coordinator|
|Membership Associate||Grant Manager|
|Assistant Director||Public Relations Specialist|
|operations manager||Director of Development|
|Advocate||Human Resources Manager/Generalist|
|Grant Writer||Associate 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.
|Human Rights Organizations||Social Advocacy Organizations|
|Environmental Organizations||Grantmaking Foundations|
|Conservation Organizations||Voluntary Health Organizations|
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.
The following resources include various websites and campus resources that will aid you in exploring this career field and industry.
Career & Job Websites
- MassCIS – Massachusetts Information System
- Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Vocational Biographies(username: NE Univ; password: RAZDE)
- O*NET OnLine
Campus Organizations & Activities
- Student Leaders In Service
- LEAD 360
- Student Government Association
- Council for University Programs (CUP)
Find valuable industry information, job sites, and professionals in the field you may contact for informational interview requests and networking opportunities.
- Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN)
- American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
- American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)
- Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
- Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
- Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
- National Council of Nonprofit Associations (NCNA)
Sample LinkedIn.com Groups providing resources such as industry trends, company information, job listings, and networking opportunities within the field: