Overview of Nonprofits

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

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

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:

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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:

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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.

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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.