Careers in Community Development

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Looking for an entry level job or internship in community development? Here's an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have entry level and internship opportunities that will interest you.

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Community Development Careers

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Community development is a way of working with local communities to build communities and provide individuals with the skills needed to bring about change. A community developer may do this by creating new initiatives to bring a community together, provide community members with skills such as literacy or work skills, or reduce a problem in the community such as crime or poverty.

A job in community development can lead you to working with a city or neighborhood’s planning programs or a nonprofit striving to effect change. Some things you might do include:

A bachelor’s degree is usually required for community development positions, but volunteering and interning is a great and easy way to get started–and may lead you to a job without a degree. Besides a degree, creativity, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a knowledge of the local community are also required.


Companies with Entry Level Jobs and Internships in Community Development

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Doorways to Dreams Fund - D2D Fund is an Allston, MA non-profit that is using innovative ideas to "increase the financial security and opportunity of low- and moderate-income households."

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Job TitleLocation
Innovation ManagerAllston, MA
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Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center - Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center is an SF non-profit that helps people "achieve financial self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship.”

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The San Francisco Foundation - The San Francisco Foundation is a non-profit founded in 1948 “to pull the community together to create pride and unity and improve quality of life” in the Bay Area.

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City Parks Foundation - City Parks Foundation is a New York, NY based non-profit that creates “programs in parks throughout all five boroughs of New York City.”

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Seattle Tilth - Seattle Tilth aims “to inspire and educate people to safeguard our natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system.”

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Food & Friends - Food & Friends is a Washington, DC based non-profit that cares for people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other illnesses by preparing and delivering meals.

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Educational Alliance - The Educational Alliance is a New York, NY based community organization that “currently serves 50,000 New Yorkers annually via 39 programs.

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Smart Growth America - Smart Growth America is a Washington, DC based non-profit organization that believes “smart growth solutions support thriving businesses and jobs."

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Vittana - Vittana is a Seattle, WA based non-profit that is using microfinance to bring education to the developing world.

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No current job openings.

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WhyHunger - WhyHunger is a New York, NY based non-profit that is trying to fix the problem of food insecurity in the U.S. and across the world.

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No current job openings.


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The Humane Society of the United States - The Humane Society of the United States is the country's largest animal protection organization, and they're hiring.

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Grameen America - If you like what Grameen America is doing to build a microfinance program in the United States, take a look at their job opportunities.

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Mobilize.org - Mobilize.org isn’t as much focused on specific issues as they are focus on equipping our generation to engage in the political process and make things happen.

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Share Our Strength - If you like what Share Our Strength is doing to end childhood hunger, check out their job opportunities.

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Job TitleLocation
Family History InternProvo, UT
Mtg Loan OriginatorLake Charles, LA
Product ManagerColorado Springs, CO
Director, PresalesNew York, NY
Financial Sales ProfessionalPittsburgh, PA
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Foundation for Sustainable Development - If you’re excited about what Foundation for Sustainable Development is doing, then you should check out their Jobs and Fellowships.

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Sister Cities International - If reading about Sister Cities International gets you excited, check out their Jobs page and their Youth Ambassador Program Coordinator position.

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Visions in Action Logo

Visions in Action - Visions in Action is a non-profit that works in four key program areas: Food Security, Education, Health, and International Exchange, and they're hiring.

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Location Labs Logo

Location Labs - If you want to dig deep into the world of location-based services, then a job at Location Labs would be well worth considering.

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Global Visionaries - Global Visionaries only has one job posted in their Seattle office, but it seems perfect for a new grad—it's a Development and Executive Assistant position.

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Root Capital Logo

Root Capital - If you’re excited about international development, but also like the free market approach to investment, then you should check out Root Capital’s Jobs page.

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Kid Power Logo

Kid Power - If you’re intrigued by Kid Power's programs, you should check out their job opportunities on Idealist.

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