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Job searching 101: Working for a nonprofit

Many people are interested in working for nonprofits, but may not have a clear understanding of what a nonprofit work environment is like. While professional workplaces in every sector have a lot in common, there are some ways in which working for a nonprofit can be unique.

“Nonprofits tend to be very collaborative,” says CNP Managing Director Emily Schelle. “They are also dedicated to creating diverse and inclusive environments, welcoming different ideas and perspectives in order to fulfill their mission.”

Because of that collaborative nature, you may have the opportunity to wear many different hats while working for a nonprofit, meaning a wide skill set can be a great asset.

Of course, the nonprofit sector is incredibly dynamic and diverse, so every experience is different, but there is one thing you’re likely to find: “You have the opportunity to do mission-driven work that you care about the most!” Emily says.

If you’re interested in working for a nonprofit, you may enjoy this video, filmed with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, where CNP Senior Manager Kimmi Cantrell discusses how to break into the sector. And be sure to take a look at our job listings page to find current openings for nonprofits in your area.


This is the fifth and final part of our series, Job searching 101. View part 4 here. View the entire series here.