Union Pathfinders:
Union College Pathfinders: Jennifer Turner Smith

A 1974 graduate of Union, Jennifer Turner Smith uses her major in English and minor in drama in her role as CEO of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

Jennifer Smith Turner ’74, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Jennifer Smith Turner ’74, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut

Nonprofits & Service

See where Union takes you:
  • Jaclyn Aruch '11, legal intern, UNITED SIKHS (UN-affiliated international non-profit)
  • Bill Fellows '76, coordinator of worldwide humanitarian water and sanitations responses, UNICEF
  • Meredith (Meltzer) Changeux '93, outreach director, thevertilehouse.org, a nonprofit housing young earthquake victims in Haiti
  • Philip DiSorbo '71, co-founder, Foundation for Hospice, Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Lindsay Haffner Eagleton '04, program director, nonprofit REACH Granada
  • Kama Sacajiu '11, assistant canvass director, Grassroots Campaigns Inc.
  • Jeremy Fritzhand '10, founder, Bagru Textiles, Bagru India
  • Amanda Greenberg '12, Minerva Fellow, The Global Child, Cambodia
  • Ian Schwartz '12, Minerva Fellow, The Global Child, Cambodia
  • Lara Levine '08, program and trek coordinator, buildOn Inc., nonprofit that empowers urban high school students to volunteer in communities worldwide
  • Mary Olushoga '06, program manager, Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence; founder, AWP network for African women entrepreneurs
  • Anna Mueller '11, English Language Learning elementary teacher,Teach for America
  • Katherine Rosenberg '03, VP for Strategic Partnerships, Grameen America
  • Jennifer Smith Turner '74, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut
  • Lydia Walker '04, country director, Guatemala, for Community Enterprise Solutions, social impact innovation incubator; former agro-forestry Peace Corps volunteer, Guatemala

Nonprofit and service employers are typically looking for employees who can tackle a range of responsibilities, from fundraising and organizing volunteers to managing expenses. Previous volunteer or internship experiences are strongly encouraged.

How to pursue at Union:

Possible majors:

Accordingly, students can use any number of majors and minors as a launching pad for a career with a nonprofit or service organization.    

Clubs and organizations:

Alpha Delta Lambda (service) Sorority; America Reads; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Campus Action; Campus Kitchens; Empty Bowls; Habitat for Humanity; Holding Our Own, A Fund for Women; Schenectady Free Clinic; Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP); UCARE

Internship opportunities:

Union offers funding for community service summer internships at a variety of organizations, including the AIDS Action Committee, Bethesda House, Boys and Girls Clubs, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Gilda’s Club, Girls, Inc., Habitat for Humanity, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Regional Food Bank and Schenectady Community Action Program. Other opportunities: ALCO Heritage Museum, Center for Disability Services, Family and Child Services of the Capital Region, H-H Hole in the Wall Camp, Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp., Hamilton Hill Arts Center, Schenectady Inner City Ministry

Suggested terms abroad/mini-terms:

Cambodia, which offers internships with The Global Child school for street children and the Ponheary Ly Foundation, which supports rural public schools; Uruguay, which focuses on a national education initiative; and the Community Service mini-term in Louisiana, with a focus on hurricane recovery efforts