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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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 Logo

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 Logo

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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No current job openings.

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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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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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No current job openings.

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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 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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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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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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Job TitleLocation
Creative DirectorSan Carlos, CA
Programmer AnalystPhiladelphia, PA
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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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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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Job TitleLocation
Development AssociateNew York, NY
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Mobilize.org Logo

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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No current job openings.



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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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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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Job TitleLocation
Assistant Director of AdmissionCampbell, CA
ReceptionistOrange City, FL
Administrative AssistantKansas City, KS
Executive AssistantSan Francisco Bay Area, CA
Document SpecialistDes Moines, IA
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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 - 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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