Jennifer Turner Smith  '74 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.
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Jaclyn Aruch '11, legal intern, UNITED SIKHS (UN-affiliated international non-profit)

Philip DiSorbo '71, co-founder, Foundation for Hospice, Sub-Saharan Africa

Bill Fellows '76, coordinator of worldwide humanitarian water and sanitations responses, UNICEF

Susan Hulse '92, medical director, Because Every Mother Matters (provides medical assistance to indigent women in Ethiopia)

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

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

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Susan Hulse '92 Susan Hulse ’92 (left) in Ethiopia with Merema >Learn more

Nonprofits & Service


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