Exploring Careers in Advocacy and Non-Profit Work

Many HDFS students are interested in careers that involve advocacy and non-profit work. Local and national organizations like the Children's Defense Fund, the World Bank, Teach for America, the Pennsylvania Partnership for Children, the Youth Services Bureau, and many more have people who combine their knowledge of healthy human development and intervention with good administrative and management skills to work at non-profit organizations focused on solving social problems. These jobs involve less direct service and more program coordination and planning, developing public information materials and advocating for social change.

It is easy to enter these positions straight out of college, so non-profit work is a good choice if you are not interested in going straight into graduate school. In addition, many of the skills HDFS students develop through their extracurricular activities, like fundraising, event planning, and program coordination, are key components of non-profit work. Many people working in these fields eventually earn a master's degree in fields ranging from education and social work to public administration and public policy.

Below are links to national information about different careers in social work, counseling, and psychology. Use these pages to learn about the job duties, salaries, educational requirements, and more for each listed career.

Another way to learn about jobs in these fields is to look at current job postings. Go to www.idealist.org and restrict your search to full-time jobs that require a 4-year degree. You'll see tons of positions posted. Many are for recent college graduates.

To understand how to prepare for these careers through HDFS, use these links:

Courses of interest

Hands-on opportunities

A range of careers are available for students interested in advocacy and non-profit work. The jobs near the top of the list are often available to students without a bachelor's degree. Working in these fields during the summer or school year may help you decide if you want to pursue this kind of career. Click on the linksto learn more about the positions that interest you.

NOTE: Some of these links go to password protected pages (for access, use UserName: 1484w, Password: future).

Advocacy and non-profit careers

The specific jobs people are often hired for early in their careers include:

Some students enter these fields through government service programs

Other jobs in non-profit and government administration

There are lots of jobs in development and fundraising in the non-profit sector