Pursue a range of community service opportunities
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.
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
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; the Community Service mini-term in Louisiana, with a focus on hurricane recovery efforts; and the India mini-term.