Nonprofit & Government

The Nonprofit and Government Academy is for students committed to issues including policy, security, environmental stewardship, and advocacy through employment with the government or domestic/international nonprofits. This academy hosts two separate Career Weeks, and our network includes professionals from the CIA, Teach for America, Center for American Progress, United Way, think tanks, and more, and helps students navigate complex but worthwhile paths to success.

Getting Started in Nonprofit and Government

PDF Document: Nonprofit and government academy guideThis guide gives you a basic guideline for what you should do in your freshman, sophomore, junior and senior year to be on track for a fulfilling career in federal or state government, nonprofits, community service, advocacy, think tanks and more. Every student’s career path will be different, and it’s important to realize that students interested in government may want to get involved in their freshman and sophomore years. Students from both sides of this academy will benefit heavily from experience and networking to help get a foot in the door. The best way to keep up is to attend Nonprofit and Government events and employer sessions when possible, especially Career Weeks (two separate events). PDF Document: Download the guide here.

Nonprofit and Government Staff

Tessa McKenzie, Career Coach
Karen Mardock, Employer Engagement Lead

Major Spring 2019 Events

Feb. 4-7: Internship Week
Feb. 11-14: Nonprofit Career Week

Nonprofit Career Week

Feb. 11, 5-6:30pm,
Charles Commons Salon B
Think Tank Careers: Change Your World.
Alumni panelists will discuss working in think tanks that tackle multiple issues.

Feb. 12, 4 pm
Nonprofit Alumni Webinar

Feb. 13, 6-8 pm
Charles Commons
Connecting Green Jobs Networking

Feb. 14, 11am-2pm
Glass Pavilion
Careers with a Cause Fair
25 organizations hiring interns, fellows and full-time positions.

Feb. 14, 4-5 pm
Garland 389
CIA Information Session

Who is a Nonprofit and Government Student?

sonak kolarSonak Kolar
KSAS ’20
International Studies, Financial Economics minor

Sonak leads a team of student consultants under Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations and is Vice President of Outreach and Portfolio Management for Mashal L Salant Investment Team.

“My primary interests lie in the intersection of the private and public sector, specifically using sustainable and innovative business practices to create a more habitable, equitable earth.”


Kristen Nixon
WSE ’20
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, minor in Entrepreneurship & Management

Kristen interned at Ashoka and founded the social enterprise Arts Gives.

“If you choose to sacrifice your short-term study time to invest in your long-term well-being, that’s actually good for your productivity for the long run.”


Celine Shanosky
KSAS ’19
Public Health, English

Celine has interned for the Affordable Housing Institute, Central Baltimore Partnership, and Strong City Baltimore Community Center.

“I was able to get really up close and personal with how a nonprofit works. I helped write grants and manage grant programs, and that was really valuable.”


Public Service Career Week

International Development Careers Panel, Oct. 8, 3-4:30, Charles Commons Salon A
Local Government Careers and Fostering Effective Discourse, Oct. 9, 5:30-7, Charles Commons Barber Room
Networking Lunch w/ Federal, State and Local Government Employers, Oct. 10, 12-2 pm, Levering Great Hall
Welcome to the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Associations, Oct. 11, 8:30-10, Levering Sherwood Room
Public Policy/International Studies Graduate School Panel, Oct. 12, 10:30-12, Charles Commons Barber Room
President’s Day of Service, Oct. 13, 10 a.m.

Nonprofit Academy Week, February 12 – 16, 2018

Nonprofit Career Week flyerThink Tank Panel: Feb. 12
Nonprofit Networking Event:
Feb. 13
Working in Education Panel with Companies:
Feb. 14
Learn from alumni in Public Health: Feb. 15
Nonprofit Internship and Career Fair: Feb. 15

Government Academy Week, October 2 – 6, 2017

October 2, 5:00pm: Exploring Federal Government Careers Panel

Salon C, Charles Commons

Join panelists from:

  • National Institute of Health (NIH)-Byron Williams, Department of Homeland Security
  • Alum Stephanie Talton KSAS ’02, Chief of Staff-Office of Customs and Border Protection
  • Representative from FBI Intern Fellowship Program

for a discussion on what it takes to work for the federal government, inter-agency internship/employment opportunities, and what to expect in regards to the (often dreaded) application/clearance process. Food provided.

October 3, 4:30pm: CIA Simulation Event and Info Session

Salon A, Charles Commons

Come learn about the CIA and see if they are the right organization for you! This will be a great opportunity to both learn about the CIA and participate in an awesome simulation exercise with the Analytic, Clandestine, and Directorate of Operations Hiring Divisions.

The CIA is interested in connecting with students of many majors and fields of study, including but not limited to: science, engineering, economics, foreign languages, mathematics and computer specialist are but a few of the professionals continually in demand.

October 4, 12:00pm: Pathways to a Federal Career with the Partnership for Public Service

Sherwood Room, Levering Hall


Lunch and learn with us. Desserts provided by the Career Center.

October 5, 12:00pm: Baltimore City Government Panel and Networking Lunch