Overview of Nonprofits

The mission of nonprofit work is to serve, advocate or make positive change. 

Nonprofit feature video
A career in fundraising

Get an overview of careers in nonprofits with Margot Gould, head of fundraising at The Climate Group.

Careers in Nonprofit  

Check out these videos to learn about the typical workday and workplace in the nonprofit sector and get tips for success in this industry. 

Get Career Ready for Nonprofits

Find out what it takes to land a career in nonprofit

Career Readiness Equation
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Earn a Degree

Earn Degree

To work in the nonprofit field, it is recommended you have a strong background in relationship building, fundraising, strategic planning, project management, and teamwork. Check the Mason Catalog for degree requirements.




Any major can lead to a nonprofit career, although a foundation in nonprofit studies can be helpful.

Some options at Mason include:

Certifications like these can also increase your employment options in the nonprofit field:

Enroll in UNIV 421 (College to Grad School) to identify the advanced degree that will help you achieve your career goals and create the materials to apply.

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Gain Experiences

Gain Experiences


Employers expect at least six to twelve months of related experience to be competitive for full-time positions. Gain experience while you are a student at Mason.

Here are the types of experiences most valued by nonprofit employers, and where to find them:



Service Learning/Civic Engagement

Mason’s Social Action & Integrative Learning Office (SAIL) offers the following opportunities:

Enroll in UNIV 320 (Internship Readiness) to develop your internship goals and search strategies to pursue career-related experiences.

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Market Yourself

Market Yourself

It is important for you to be able to clearly communicate the knowledge, skills and experiences you have gained in and outside of the classroom.


Below are top ways to showcase your qualifications to nonprofit employers: 


Cover Letter

In your cover letter, clearly express how your passion along with your knowledge, skills, and abilities align with the organization’s mission.

Enroll in UNIV 420 (College to Career) to develop your job search strategy, personal brand, networking skills, and more. Or, prepare for what's not in the job description - working effectively in teams, making the most of your benefits, and more by enrolling in UNIV 422 (Professional Skills Development).

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Career Ready




Career ready Mason grads have gone on to work for nonprofit employers, such as: 


Fellowship of Catholic University Students 

Nature Conservancy 

The World Bank 

American Red Cross 

Mercatus Center 

Wolf Trap Foundation 


RAND Corporation 

Young Life 


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Join the nonprofit community

Get involved and grow your network while you're still a student. Your industry advisor can help you decide where to start.