Where to Look for Nonprofit Interns: The 6 Best Internship Posting Sites

Looking to build capacity on your team? Interns are a valuable asset to nonprofits because they bring a fresh perspective, are (usually) technologically savvy, increase productivity, and allows you to assess compatibility if you are looking to hire in the future. The three month internship is particularly useful for getting to know potential full-timers, and to allow them to get to know you! According to a survey by NACE, almost 40% of employers reported a higher five-year retention rate among employees they’d hired via internship programs. Even if you aren’t looking for future hires, interns can become ambassadors for your organization and take work off your plate. But how do you find the talent? Sign up below to see our list of intern posting sites.

First, some pro-tips

  • Give a specific prompt: Find an intern that’s passionate about your organization. Ask them to answer a question unique to your nonprofit in their cover letter. This will help you to get a better idea of their personality, as well as to weed out the applicants that do not read the instructions. For example, our clients at the National Black Programming Consortium could ask about a film the intern had seen recently, or their favorite web series.
  • Use Streak: Streak is a free CRM you can add to Gmail to build out specific pipelines. It will help you keep track of what stage of the process an applicant is in, along with all email communications. Plus, color-coding!
  • Assign a project: What better way to get a sense for an intern’s experience and style than to assign them a relevant project? After you conduct a phone-screening, have them write a blog post, draft social media content, write up critiques, or pull sample data, depending on the position. Schedule a quick call to discuss the project before you decide whether or not you want to hire them.

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And now, the list!

1. Idealist.com

Job posting specifically for social impact organizations and nonprofits. Cost: $25 for each internship and each lasts for 30 days.

2. Handshake

Handshake partners with over 170 universities, uniting them into one network. This platform allows you to reach students across the country with just one post; no need to go to individual college career sites. Cost: Free.

3. UCAN

Similar to Handshake, the University Career Action Network is a consortium of 20 national colleges and universities with a shared database listing thousands of internships. Another way to reach lots of schools with just one posting. Cost: Free.

4. LinkedIn

You know it, you love it: LinkedIn is a business and employment-oriented social networking site. What a perfect place for social media savvy people to search for employment opportunities! Cost: depends on some factors (including geographical location and number of positions), but can range from $10-$100.

5. Internships.com/nonprofits

Internships.com is a major hub for individuals looking for internships across industries and across the country. Take advantage of the traffic on this highly coveted domain. Cost: Free.

6. Google AdWords Grant

First, you should always post jobs on an easy to find page of your site! Then, if you have the Google AdWords Grant (and you should!) you can build out a campaign advertising an internship at your organization linking to that landing page. Be sure to bid on long-tail, specific keywords like “nonprofit internship in [your city]” or “nonprofit internship remote,” etc. Don’t have it yet? Apply for the Google AdWords Grant now. Cost: Free!