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Advocacy, Philanthropy, & NGOs

​​​​​​​​​​​​Professions in Advocacy, Philanthropy, & NGOs are for those passionate about humanitarian causes and building equity. Related roles can be found at foundations and charitable organizations, but primarily at issue-based Nonprofits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). You might consider exploring this area if you are intrigued about making a difference, especially​ on a local or community-based level​. 

Explore Graduate Programs, Career Paths, and Professional Associations:​

Below is a sample list of entry points for students interested in working in Advocacy, Philanthropy, & NGOs. Students should target internships that expose them to different job functions within foundations, charitable organizations, and nonprofit organizations, including outreach, engagement, development, programming, and fundraising. 

Some positions at an organization may have similar titles but work with different populations, for example an organization can have both a volunteer and community outreach coordinator or intern. Overall, position titles vary between Foundations, Charitable Organizations, and issue-based Nonprofits. Pay close attention to the job description and do not get too caught up on titles. If you need search terms, think about what you want to be doing. For example, would you prefer to outreach to community members or write to private sector organizations for funding? ​

Transferable Skills 

  • Quantitative Reasoning  (Statistics, Micro-economics, Budget Management) 
  • Policy Analysis & Design 
  • Grant Writing 
  • Fundraising & Development 
  • Writing/Editing 
  • Communication (Verbal & Written) 


  • Fundraising Intern
  • Events Intern
  • Program Development Intern 
  • Outreach Intern 
  • Engagement Intern

Post-Grad Entry Points:

  • Fundraising Professional
  • Gifts & Donor Relations Professional
  • Event Coordinator 
  • Volunteer Coordinator 
  • Programming Coordinator
  • Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Grant Writer
  • Corporate Partnership Manager 

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