Seek out opportunities, such as those listed below, to develop the 10 core career competencies. Teamwork & Leadership, Engaging Diversity, and Active Citizenship & Community Engagement are especially valued in the Nonprofit, Human Services, & Social Justice Career field.
One of the best steps you can take to prepare for this field is to volunteer with nonprofit organizations. The Center for Community-Engaged Learning has advising staff that will help you get connected to one of the 300+ community organizations that match your interests. HECUA is a program that offers off-campus study that addresses some of the most important issues of our time. Semester-long HECUA programs incorporate classroom studies, an internship, and field work.
For a comprehensive list of openings, search GoldPASS, a free database of internship, volunteer, and job postings for UMN students. To search for internship openings within this career field, utilize the “Job Category” search field and select one or more of these options: community organizing/activism, community service, counseling, human rights, human services, and social work. Under “Industry” select one or more of these options: Human Services, Nonprofit/Philanthropy. The same search criteria are helpful to use in the “Find Employers” tab to identify organizations. Organizations that have hired CLA students in the past and roles held include:
- Events & Communications Intern, Arc Greater Twin Cities
- Grant Writer Intern, Tubman
- Cultural Inclusion Project Intern, Project for Pride in Living
- Social Media Intern, Wayside House
- Fellowship, Public Interest Research Group
- Literacy Tutor, Minnesota Reading Corps
- Education & Outreach Intern, National Marrow Donor Program
- Human Resources Intern, Second Harvest Heartland
- Advocacy Intern, Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
- Legal Assistant Intern, LegalCORPS
- Research Intern, Minnesota Environmental Fund
Talk to Professionals
Networking can help you explore a career field; start by doing informational interviews with people who are in organizations that are of interest to you. Find professionals by utilizing the “professional networking” tab on GoldPASS, using the LinkedIn Alumni Tool, and getting connected to professional organizations.
Join a Student Group
Get involved with a Student Group, select “Service” as a category to find groups that match your interests.
There is not one major or minor that will prepare you for this field as there are many pathways into this profession. Examples of undergraduate and graduate coursework related to this field, these lists are not all-inclusive:
- Undergrad Coursework: African American & African Studies; American Indian Studies; American Studies; Anthropology; Chicano & Latino Studies; Communication Studies; Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies; Global Studies; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Religious Studies; Sociology; Comparative Race & Ethnicity; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Studies: Management (CSOM): Social Justice (CEHD): Leadership (CEHD): Youth Studies (CEHD)
- Graduate Coursework: Counseling, Public Affairs, Psychology, Race & Ethnic Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Social Justice, Youth & Family Studies. To search for graduate school programs, go to www.gradschools.com.