Careers in Community Development


Looking for an entry level job or internship in community development? This is an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have relevant entry level and internship opportunities.

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:

  • Research the issues that need to be tackled in the community
  • Create programs that tackle these issues
  • Meet with community members during events
  • Create reports on community initiatives

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.

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Clinic Finance Officer - CFO
Lewis & Clark County/PureView Health Center Helena, MT
Government Account Executive
Cameron Craig Group Columbus, OH
Head of Data Governance - Full Time
Software Guidance & Assistance Dallas, TX
Supervisor E-Comm Fulfillment
Kohls Department Stores Desoto, TX
Data Governance Leader
Smith Hanley Associates San Ramon, CA
Development & Communications Manager
The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling Boston, MA
Development and Communications Officer
Quebec-Labradour Foundation Ipswich, MA
Software Developer-Integrator Job
USAA Plano, TX
Nurse Practitioner Community Clinic
Baylor Scott & White Health Garland, TX

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Companies with Entry Level Jobs and Internships in Community Development

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Cradles to Crayons - Cradles to Crayons is a Brighton, MA based non-profit that is focused on “providing to children ages 0 to 12 some of the most important basics of life—free of charge.”

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Mission Asset Fund - Mission Asset Fund is a San Francisco non-profit that's “transforming the financial services sector so that all hardworking families have a shot at achieving their dreams.”

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Wholesome Wave - Wholesome Wave is a Bridgeport, CT based non-profit with a mission “to empower people in underserved urban and rural communities to make healthier food choices.”

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation - LISC is an NYC based non-profit that connects "local organizations and community leaders with resources to revitalize neighborhoods and improve quality of life.”

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City Blossoms - City Blossoms is a Washington, DC based non-profit that is “dedicated to kid-driven, community engaging, creative green spaces.”

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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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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 Logo

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 Logo

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 Logo

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 Logo

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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Street Soccer USA Logo

Street Soccer USA - Street Soccer USA is a New York, NY based non-profit that uses soccer “to get homeless men, women, and youth off the streets."

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Heifer International Logo

Heifer International - Heifer International is a Little Rock, AR based non-profit that enables people to “donate animals to poor countries.”

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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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WhyHunger Logo

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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International Food Policy Research Institute Logo

International Food Policy Research Institute - International Food Policy Research Institute is a Washington, DC based non-profit that aims to end hunger and poverty, and they're hiring.

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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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American Planning Association Logo

American Planning Association - Ever consider a career in planning? The American Planning Association can help you get started.

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Institute for Transportation & Development Policy Logo

Institute for Transportation and Development Policy - If you're excited by the intersection of transportation and international development, then consider a career with ITDP.

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Sacramento Tree Foundation Logo

Sacramento Tree Foundation - Do you love trees? If so, then a career with the Sacramento Tree Foundation might be a great fit for you.

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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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charity: water - If you’re moved by the the charity: water mission then you’ll want to check out their amazing career opportunities.

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Innovations for Poverty Action Logo

Innovations for Poverty Action - If you’re analytically minded and want to put your skills towards erasing poverty, then Innovations for Poverty Action would be a great place for you to work.

See the complete Innovations for Poverty Action profile Logo - 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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Samaritan's Purse Logo

Samaritan’s Purse - Samaritan's Purse is a Boone, NC based non-profit that serves people through Emergency Relief Programs and Community Development and Vocational Programs.

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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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Seedco - If you want to help people find jobs, grow businesses, and improve their communities, consider a job with Seedco, a New York City based non-profit.

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Arthritis Foundation Logo

Arthritis Foundation - Arthritis Foundation is a Atlanta, GA based non-profit organization that “helps people take control of arthritis" by providing a myriad of services.

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Grid Alternatives Logo

GRID Alternatives - GRID Alternatives is taking on pollution, poverty, and unemployment all at once. If you want to be part of that mission, check out their Jobs page.

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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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Bread for the City - If you like what Bread for the City is all about, then you should check out their jobs on Idealist.

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Transportation Alternatives Logo

Transportation Alternatives - If you like what you see in their Advocacy Campaigns, then you’ll want to head over to the Transportation Alternatives Jobs page.

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Room to Read Logo

Room to Read - If Room to Read sounds like an organization that you could be a part of, take a look at their Jobs page for some of their exciting opportunities.

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One Economy Corporation Logo

One Economy Corporation - If you’d like to be a part of One Economy, then head over to their Jobs page to see what's available.

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Sister Cities International Logo

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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Nourish International Logo

Nourish International - There’s something special about non-profits that start on college campuses. Nourish International is one, and they're hiring.

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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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Citizen Effect Logo

Citizen Effect - If you like the idea of “focusing on small, but high impact projects,” then you should check out Citizen Effect’s jobs.

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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 Logo

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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The Urban Institute - What I really like about The Urban Institute is that they are tirelessly focused on finding the facts, not promoting political opinions. It's about the research

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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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Ubuntu Education Fund Logo

Ubuntu Education Fund - If you feel called to join the Ubuntu Education Fund, you can find out more by checking out their Jobs page.

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The Financial Clinic Logo

The Financial Clinic - The Financial Clinic has a ton of resources and partnerships to help them focus their programs, but the real work is done through their Fellowship Program.

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OneAmerica Logo

OneAmerica - Based in Seattle, WA, OneAmerica is a non-profit that aims "to advance the fundamental principles of democracy and justice" by empowering immigrant communities.

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National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare Logo

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare - The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare has a great job opportunity for a new or recent grad as a Member Associate.

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A Wider Circle - From what I can tell, A Wider Circle really makes the most of the resources they have, and that includes their people.

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