Get involved on and off campus
Volunteering is often a good way to develop a deeper understanding of an issue that is meaningful to you and to build work experience. Consider volunteer opportunities through the McKeen Center for the Common Good as well as clubs and organizations, providing exposure to the range of possibilities within the nonprofit and social impact sector and allowing for the development of transferable skills for future job pursuits. Volunteer opportunities include local organizations addressing: food access, homelessness, adult literacy, refugees and immigrants, elementary school mentoring, animal rights, restorative justice, criminal justice system, environmental issues and many more.
Interested in service? There are myriad opportunities to engage in service through service corps, with programs spanning across sectors and interest areas. Additionally, you can pursue unpaid opportunities in the nonprofit and social impact sector by applying for funding through the CXD Funded Internship Program.
Learn about and explore the field
Take time to learn about the nonprofit and social impact sector to discover how your own interests, skills, and values intersect with possible career paths. Explore these and other resources:
- Idealist is a database of jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, organizations and information about the nonprofit sector worldwide.
- Learn How to Become is a helpful guide for learning about the importance of volunteer work, how to find volunteer opportunities, and how to transition from volunteering to a career in a nonprofit or social impact organization.
- Founded by a Bowdoin alum, Omprakash is an online global network of social impact organizations and volunteer opportunities for engaging in meaningful work worldwide.
Network with Bowdoin Alumni
Bowdoin alums are eager to share stories about their own career journeys and offer professional expertise and advice to current students. The extensive Bowdoin network is a valuable resource for students interested in nonprofit and social impact work since many opportunities are secured through word of mouth and connections. Alumni present on panels and mentor students through volunteer opportunities, independent projects and summer internships.