Non-Profit and Public Benefit

Are you considering a job or internship in the non-profit sector? Explore these online resources to get started. Feel free to drop by our office to meet with an advisor to help plan.

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Careers in Non-Profit and Community Engagement

Explore careers in the arts by exploring the links below. This is not an all inclusive list of careers but will help you begin exploring. Found a career you're interested in? Talk to faculty, stop by our office and begin networking to learn more.

Job and Internship Resources

Alumni To Know

One of the best ways to explore careers and find job opportunities is to network with professionals. Below are alumni who have experience in the field and have volunteered to be a resource to you. Not sure how to begin networking? Stop by our office to get started.

To learn about and network with more alumni in the industry, visit the WLUalum Twitter!


Shiri Yadlin '12

Shiri graduated from W&L in 2012, majoring in Religion and Global Politics with a minor in the Shepherd Poverty Program.

She currently works for Pathways to Housing, a non-profit focused on housing and mental health in Washington DC. This direct service job focuses on providing "wrap-around" services to adults with mental illness and a history of homelessness.

As a case manager, Shiri has interacted with a wide variety of social service agencies throughout DC, and is happy to talk with any students interested non-profit and social services work.

Mary Flynn Niemitz '06

Mary Flynn Niemitz graduated from Washington and Lee in ‘06 with a BA in English. She currently serves as a Senior Manager of Affiliate Development for Hope for New York (HFNY) in New York City. At HFNY, Mary Flynn manages the distribution of approximately $1.3 million grant funding to non-profits in New York City serving low-income and marginalized populations. In addition, she oversees capacity building initiatives with grantees including a technical assistance grant program.

Mary Flynn began exploring a career in social service during an internship at My Sister’s House, an emergency shelter and residential recovery program in downtown Atlanta. She pursued this passion through studies in the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability at W&L. Her first role in the non-profit sector was as an Assistant Project Manager for a non-profit affordable housing developer in San Francisco, CA. There, she explored community development through a large-scale public housing redevelopment project in a pocket of isolated poverty in San Francisco.

Mary Flynn moved to New York to obtain a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in 2012 and focused her studies on urban and social policy and non-profit management.

Lauren Weedon Hopkins '99

Lauren Weedon Hopkins graduated from Washington and Lee in 1999 with a B.A. in English and Print Journalism. After a successful career in the magazine industry in New York City, including the senior editor of, Lauren moved back to her hometown of Jacksonville, FL. She became active in local volunteer organizations such as the Junior League of Jacksonville and the Rotaract Club of Florida's First Coast, serving as its president.

With a renewed focus on community service, Lauren decided to make volunteering her day job and write in her free time. While freelancing for Marie Claire, Shape and Every Day with Rachael Ray, she joined the staff of a local nonprofit organization which fulfills the dreams of children battling life-threatening illnesses. During her five years at Dreams Come True, Lauren held a variety of positions including director of development, associate director and interim executive director.

For the past two years, Lauren has served as a development director at the YMCA of Florida's First Coast. In addition to soliciting and stewarding major gifts for the organization, she plays an integral role in the $21 million capital campaign to build a new Y downtown.

Lauren holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential and is the current president of the Florida First Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). A graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and the inaugural class of Emerging Leaders sponsored by the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, Lauren is happy to speak with students about fundraising and nonprofit work.

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