University of Wisconsin–Madison

Nonprofit Management & Education

Nonprofit Organizations (also known as NGOs – non-governmental organizations) can be found in all 50 states and throughout the world.  While their organization and structure may vary, one thing they have in common is that all are driven by a mission, for example: social justice, environmental protection, healthcare, or international development.  They do not seek to make a profit from the work that they do (like the private sector), nor do they receive most of their funding from taxpayers (like the government), instead they fundraise and write grants to obtain the funding that allows them to fulfil their various missions.  While working at a nonprofit may never make you a millionaire, you absolutely can “make a living by making a difference!

For L&S students who did not study education during undergrad, but may have decided that they really would like to teach one day, there are a multitude of options.  You can earn a Master of Arts in Teaching, earn a teaching license through an alternative certification program like Teach for America, or even get your ESL and teach English abroad.  There are many possibilities and it’s never too late to take your first step into the classroom. Look below for some steps to help you get started. Note: If you are interested more in Education Policy, please visit our Government, Politics, and Policy Career Community.

Over one-third of nonprofits believe the following five areas will experience the most job growth in the coming year: fundraising/development; direct services; education/community outreach; program management/support; and marketing/communications/public relations

20016 NEP Survey

Featured L&S Courses

Exploring Service in Science introduces first-year science students to the world of public service from the perspective of both the university and its community partners, using classroom activities and direct experiences. Service opportunities include science outreach, sustainability, and public health. Upon completion of the course, students will be prepared to access the network of service providers in the region to pursue more in-depth volunteer or community-based learning opportunities. Involves approximately 1 hour per week of public service.

The internship program is designed to provide students with opportunities for learning and working in organizations in ways that connect their coursework in gender and women’s studies to specific issues in community settings.

GWS 660: Internship in Gender and Women’s Studies is a course open to graduating Gender and Women’s Studies major and certificate students through an application and interview process.

Making Connections

Student/Professional Organizations

UW-Madison and the community have a variety of student and professional organizations to consider joining. Check out a few on our list

Badger Mentors

Badger career coaches are here to help you with your resume, expand your network, provide helpful advice.

Graduate School Resources

You might be thinking about graduate work beyond your bachelors degree. Take a look at the application process and things to consider before you apply

Nonprofit Resume Sample

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