Learn how to engage with local career fairs to recruit the next generation of nonprofit leaders!
As ACC’s intern, I have a unique perspective on this subject. Over the past 6 months, I’ve observed a recurring need for nonprofit employee recruitment, especially targeting individuals with experience. Additionally, it’s been frequently asked “How can we engage the next generation of nonprofit leaders?” I’ve developed several ideas to help nonprofits enhance their recruitment efforts, particularly among students like myself.
In the upcoming months, I will be sharing additional ideas on recruitment and employee training. For now, let’s begin with my first tip:
#1: Engage with your local career fairs!
Within the next month, there are several career and internship fairs being held at the University of Arizona. MOST IMPORTANTLY there is a career/internship fair just for your organization! It’s called the Careers with Impact Day on Wednesday, September 13th. Right now, only 9 organizations are registered in comparison to the 79 organizations registered for the Careers of Science and Technology Fair. There is plenty of room for nonprofits to grow their outreach in this area. Will you take the step?
If you’re still reading and have decided you’re interested, here’s a calendar of upcoming career fair dates for the University of Arizona!
How do you register?
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Now, let’s assume you’ve already completed the registration process and are wondering about your next steps.
Here are some valuable resources to assist you in crafting an effective internship job description and establishing a successful internship program. These resources, curated by the University of Arizona, offer excellent guidance that I recommend you make use of.
Furthermore, I am available to answer any questions you may have. When it comes to questions about interns, who better to ask than an intern?
What should you bring to the (literal) table at these career fairs?
Check out the Bingo sheet below to make sure you have everything you need:
While those resources are great, I’d like to add some extra tips & insights based on my personal experience as an intern.
Here are some of the Do’s and Dont’s of internships:
On top of all these do’s and don’ts, you might be wondering, “How can you maintain competitiveness by providing a paid internship?” If this is a concern for your organization, you may be able to seek support through the University of Arizona. If you engage a University of Arizona student, they could qualify for internship compensation via the University’s Career Center. This support could amount to up to $2500, contingent upon the student’s financial need. Should you require more information, please contact Amanda Harrell at the Career Center: 520-621-5722 | firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you’re looking for an intern or to hire a full-time professional position, these career fairs are an excellent source to recruit our much-needed nonprofit professionals. And, you already know a great way to get them trained: Do Good Better Studio Workshops!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. Best of luck with your recruitment endeavors!