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Nonprofit Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities

Working or volunteering is a great way to get a broad range of experiences, and satisfy that advocatepeople holding a globe inside you!  While OSU Career Services does not endorse any particular organization, the information below will provide you with helpful links to various nonprofit and volunteer opportunities: 

Center for Civic Engagement - volunteer opportunities offered through OSU.

Hands on Willamette - list of nonprofits in Benton, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties - find volunteer opportunities.

Community Outreach - multi-faceted human service organization provides hope for men, women, and children who are homeless and very low income in the mid-Willamette Valley. Offers many volunteer and internship opportunities for OSU students.

Idealist.org - Search for volunteer opportunities, events, and other concrete ways to get involved.

All For Good - A custom volunteer opportunity oriented search engine that is powered by the largest database of volunteer opportunities on the Internet. Our database of volunteer opportunities includes those from our many prominent non-profit partners as well as those provided directly to us by smaller, grass roots based organizations.

Sparked.com - Online volunteering database system for busy people like you!

AmeriCorps VISTA - national service program designed specifically to fight poverty.

AmeriCorps - an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.

Peace Corps - opportunity to serve in a developing country for 27 months in areas such as education, health, agriculture, environment, youth and community development, and business/ information technology. Oregon State University Representative (she is based out of Portland): Sarah Kassel (skassel@peacecorps.gov). There is also a Master's International Program available through the Peace Corps within the OSU Forestry department.

Teach for America - seeks individuals of all backgrounds, majors, and career interests who possess the leadership skills and experience that will enable them to change the prospects of students growing up today and ultimately to exert broader societal influence in our nation that will make it a place of opportunity for all. Oregon State University Representative: Tim Harris (tim.harris@teachforamerica.org).

Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) - Qualified college graduates and graduate-level students who are selected as RARE participants assist communities and agencies in the development and implementation of plans for achieving a sustainable natural resource base and improving rural economic conditions while gaining community building and leadership skills.

JET Programme - now in its 24th year, is aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations. The number of countries sending participants has risen over the years, as has the number of participants. In 2010, the Programme has welcomed 4,334 participants from 36 countries.

Omprakash - We build partnerships with grassroots health, education, and environmental projects around the world, and connect them with volunteers, donors, and classrooms that can learn from and support their work. Volunteering is FREE!

National Volunteer Center of the English Opens Doors Program of the Chilean Ministry of Education - recruits native and near-native English speakers to come to Chile and work as teaching assistants in Chilean classrooms, specifically to improve students’ listening and speaking skills.  Volunteers also assist with other initiatives of the English Opens Doors Program, such as debates, Public Speaking, Spelling Bee, and English Camps.

Work Away - Find international volunteer opportunities nonprofit at no cost

The Corporation for National and Community Service - a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

Nonprofitlist.org - you'll find hundreds of organizations in your State. Narrow the search down to your home city, and find the causes working to impact the lives of those in your own community.

Careers for the Common Good - a mission-driven search firm, committed to supporting the recruitment and hiring needs of innovative nonprofits.

Unite For Sight - supports eye clinics worldwide by investing human and financial resources in their social ventures to eliminate patient barriers to eye care.

Careers for Good.org - a brand and a website that strives to inform job-seekers at all levels of the exciting and fulfilling career opportunities in the nonprofit human and community development sector.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy - connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas.

Common Good Careers - a mission-driven search firm, committed to supporting the recruitment and hiring needs of innovative nonprofits.

Opportunity Knocks.org - a national online job site, HR resource and career development destination focused exclusively on the nonprofit community. Committed to lead and support efforts that help further nonprofit careers and promote a robust workforce that enables organizations to complete their missions.

Deep Sweep - largest selection of non-profit jobs listed in one place for free.

Guidestar - we gather and publicize information about nonprofit organizations.

Public Good PR - a boutique public and media relations firm specializing in outreach on behalf of non-profit organizations, foundations, attorneys, and socially responsible businesses. Services range from developing strategic communications plans to coordinating media campaigns and designing print and digital materials.

100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon - a digital magazine with a variety of information about working for nonprofits.

The Nonprofit Times - the Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management.

National Council of Nonprofits - serves as the national voice for its nonprofit members before Congress and within the Administration, promoting the interests of the nonprofit community and ensuring a seat at the table on all policy initiatives that impact the sector.

Volunteer with Kids - a partnership of precollege programs that are working together to equip and connect students at Oregon State University with volunteer and paid opportunities to work with youth. Experiences with youth can help university students develop skills that are applicable to any job, including leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving,professionalism, and communication.

International Student Volunteers (ISV) - ISV's mission is to support sustainable development initiatives around the world through life-changing volunteer and responsible adventure travel programs that educate, inspire and result in more active global citizens.

Article about Volunteering

Doing Good - If you have a soft spot for volunteering, service programs offer an opportunity to capitalize on your passion to do good while building up your resume.


NOTE:The Career Services website contains links to websites not under the control of Oregon State University Career Services and we are not responsible for their contents. We'd like to hear your comments about these sites; feel free to contact us.

On the recommendation of our counseling staff, Career Services lists job and career information sites that generally meet the following criteria: are of interest to OSU students, easily navigated, and require no fee or registration prior to viewing. New sites may be submitted for consideration and are typically reviewed on an annual basis. Please indicate the page on our site where you think your link would be appropriate.


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