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Foundations and Charitable Organizations

Foundations and Charitable Organizations are centered on philanthropy. If you are passionate about humanitarian causes and social issues and would like interacting with donors, fundraising, and coordinating special events, you might consider exploring this area.

Explore Career Paths and Possibilities:

Below is a sample list of entry points for students interested in working at foundations or charitable organizations. Students should target internships that expose them to different job functions within these types of organizations including outreach, development, programming, and fundraising.


  • Fundraising Intern
  • Events Intern
  • Program Support Specialist

Post-Grad Entry Points:

  • Fundraising Professional
  • Donor Relation Professional
  • Event Coordinator 
  • Corporate Partnership Manager 
  • Volunteer Coordinator 
  • Grant Writer
  • Programming Coordinator


Some industries change more quickly than others, it is important to stay informed on the latest trends in your interest areas to be sure you are best preparing yourself for internships and full time roles post-graduation. Below are a few resources to help you stay up to date regarding foundations and charitable organizations:

Council of Nonprofits
Young Nonprofit Professionals Network- Chicago
National Association of Nonprofit Professionals