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Creating An Inclusive Environment at Your Nonprofit: Age

In March, The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia gathered alumni of its Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program (ENLP) and current members of its 10th class at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia.   Jonathan Zur, President and CEO of Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities led the group through a robust discussion and brainstorming session on ways local organizations and leaders can take action to create a culture of diversity and inclusion in their nonprofit organizations and across the sector.

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Regional Nonprofit & Social Services Career Fair with VCU & ConnectVA

Get ready. Get set. Get registered.

Nonprofit and Social Services Fair
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Virginia Commonwealth University
Commonwealth Ballroom, University Student Commons

Find the right talent to meet your diverse recruitment needs during our annual Nonprofit and Social Services Career Fair. This three hour event draws several hundred students each year from a broad range of disciplines, including arts, business, communications, and the sciences.

We invite you to join us for what will be an engaging and informative afternoon for students and the nonprofit community (and yes, the event is open to all job seekers).

Best of all, Registration is free!

How to register (Employers):

Registration is now live. Log in to HireVCURams today to secure your place at our free annual fair.

After logging in, please register by:

  • Selecting the “Career Events” tab at the top
  • Next, select “Search” from the drop-down list under “Career Events”
  • Enter “Nonprofit” in the search field and click search

Finally, select the blue “Register” link on the far right

Should you have any questions, please contact VCU Career Services at HireVCURams@vcu.edu or call 804-828-1645.

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5 Tips For Getting Your First Nonprofit Job

If you're reading this, you probably already know what attracts you to the nonprofit sector - the chance to make a difference in your community, the chance to learn on the job, the chance to work with really passionate people...and the list goes on. But how do you get from simply wanting a nonprofit job or internship to actually getting one? Here are five tips to get you started on the right path:

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News from the Community: Summer Internship Funding through UofR

The University of Richmond strongly encourages students to seek opportunities for experiential learning, especially through summer internships. Many Richmond students wish to apply their skills and talents in the non-profit sector, where finding pay for interns is often difficult. Fortunately, for students and the non-profit community, the University of Richmond announced the Richmond Guarantee last year, which guarantees every undergraduate student access to one summer of funding, up to $4000, for an unpaid or low-paid internship or research experience.

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From an Expert: Tips for Engaging Students in Experiential Learning

College students are hungry for professional experience – and you can help! There is so much buzz in the media these days about college students seeking internships, externships, volunteer opportunities, and experiential learning of every kind. Does your organization include college students in your volunteer and internship ranks? If not, are you interested in learning more about how to engage this up-and-coming group of local talent in your organization? Are college students seeking experience with your organization worth the investment of time, energy, and expense? In my opinion – yes!

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Event Recap: Internship Bootcamp 2015

ConnectVA teamed up with VCU Career Services and University of Richmond Alumni & Career Services to host Internship Boot Camp, where over 60 folks showed up to learn and get advice on how to build an internship program! VCU's Joslyn Bedell and University of Richmond's Sandy Turnage expertly led a facilitated discussion on how to more effectively realize…

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News from the Community: UofR Internships and the Richmond Guarantee

Since the announcement and press release on December 8th, the community of Richmond, Virginia, has been abuzz about the Richmond Guarantee, which will begin in summer 2015.

For every traditional undergraduate student, the University of Richmond will guarantee funding of up to $4,000 for one summer research or internship experience before graduation.

The majority of opportunities will be funded through the UR Summer Fellowships program.  In the summer of 2014, the University provided more than 300 UR Summer Fellowship awards, totaling more than $1 million. About half of the awards were for research and half for internships. The average award was $3,600. In addition, more than 80 students worked alongside faculty members pursuing grant-funded research projects.

Many nonprofit and non-governmental organizations provide remarkable opportunities for students in the summer, though they may not always have the means within their operating budget to fund compensation for an intern.  As well, internships are an increasingly required component of students’ preparation for many career fields.  Our goal is to ensure that cost is not a barrier for students who have the opportunity to pursue research or undertake an unpaid internship in a field that is complementary to their academic pursuits at Richmond.  The Richmond Guarantee will ensure students have access to a stipend to pursue the very best internship or research experience they can, in any field or endeavor and in any part of the world. 

While The Richmond Guarantee will expand the number of students who receive University support for their internship or research experience, students must identify their own opportunities and apply through the UR Summer Fellowships program. As part of the application, students must demonstrate how a fellowship will help them build upon their academic work and prepare for their first professional job or graduate and professional school.

For additional questions, or to get started by posting an opportunity, please contact University of Richmond Career Services at 804.289.8547 or hirespiders@richmond.edu.

Want more advice on hosting an intern?  Check out other blogs posts in this series:

Hosting an Intern: What Are the Requirements Anyway?

Hosting an Intern: Can I Hire an International Student?

Hosting an Intern: How Can I Get the Most Out of My Intern?

Connect to Students: Do We Need an Internship Program?

And make sure to:

– Register for Internship Bootcamp on January 9th with ConnectVA, UofR and VCU

– Attend the second annual Regional Nonprofit Career and Internship Fair with VCU and ConnectVA on February 19th to find talent for your organization

– Check out our Connect to Students page for contact information at each local school for internships

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Connect to Students: Do We Need an Internship Program?

There is so much buzz in the media these days about college interns. Does your organization hire or host college interns? If not, are you considering creating an internship at your organization? Are interns worth the investment of time, energy, and expense? In my opinion ? yes! Given the proper planning, preparation and execution, adding…

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Event Recap: Internship Boot Camp

ConnectVA teamed up with VCU University Career Center and University of Richmond Alumni & Career Services to host Internship Boot Camp. VCU's Joslyn Bedell and University of Richmond's Katybeth Lee expertly led a facilitated discussion on how to more effectively realize the capacity building support of student interns in community-based organizations. These benefits can include…

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