Non-Profit and Public Benefit

Explore careers in the non-profit and public benefit sector by exploring the links below. Found a career you're interested in? Stop by our office or make an appointment via Handshake with a career advisor and begin networking to learn more.

Quicklinks: Job and Internship Resources | Student Organizations & Departmental ResourcesAlumni to Know

Job and Internship Resources

For nonprofit opportunities that address specific subject areas, view the subject based industry page (e.g., arts, education, health and human services, and sports).





Student Organizations & Departmental Resources

  • Campus Kitchen - Organization combats hunger and promotes nutrition by recovering and reusing food that would otherwise go to waste into balanced meals for low-income members of the community in Rockbridge County. Volunteers also develop valuable relationships with clients.
  • Take 2 - Take 2 is a club that collects second hand clothes and accessories from students and then (hopes to have) a annual or bi-annual sale with all proceeds benefiting TrueMission Virginia. TrueMission Virginia is partnering with Safe Street Ministries in Roanoke to build a safe house for minor girls rescued from human trafficking. We named the club Take 2 because we are not only giving the clothes a second chance, but most importantly these girls a second chance at life.

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.

Hilary Bond '14

Hilary began her career in the Houston nonprofit world as a Program Coordinator for Genesys Works, an organization whose mission is to transform the lives of underserved high school students through skills training, meaningful internships, and impactful relationships. She spent 18 months training, coaching, and mentoring cohorts of high school students as they journeyed through the 14-month program before moving into the Corporate Partnerships team. She now focuses her time in the corporate community creating partnerships, deepening relationships and securing internships for Genesys Works high school and college students.

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.

Vanessa J. Ndege '12

Though Vanessa received her Bachelors in Studio Art and Psychology, she was heavily involved in The Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capabilities. She took many core poverty courses including the final capstone course, and participated in a Shepherd internship and the Bonner Scholar program. Vanessa largely credits her experiences with the Shepherd Program for the initial steps she's taken in her career. During her senior year, she was selected for the Elrod Fellowship; a mentorship program designed to foster careers in the non-profit sector.

Paul Negron '03

Paul graduated from Washington and Lee in 2003 with a bachelor of arts in communications. He serves as the public affairs specialist for the DC State Board of Education. Paul manages communications, media relations, and public engagement for the nine-member elected education body in the District. He develops communication strategies to inform the public about the agency vision and mission, and coordinates writing, editing, media relation press releases, talking points, school visits, and social-media strategy. The SBOE has approval authority over statewide regulations for DC Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools in DC, including accountability frameworks, school report cards, attendance, residency, graduation requirements, and teacher preparation programs.

Emily Suminski '14

Emily, originally from Lancaster, California, comes from a single parent low-income first-generation college family. As you might imagine, she found it a little difficult to adjust to life at Washington and Lee when she first arrived on campus. Eventually, through involvement in a wide variety of campus organizations, she found her niche and is incredibly grateful for the opportunities she was provided at W&L. Emily works at Pathways to Housing DC as a social worker where she provide housing and other services for mentally ill homeless individuals. This fall she plans on attending The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is very interested in speaking to students about non-profit careers or regarding any questions a student has about life after college in general. Emily loves hearing from W&L students so feel free to contact her!

Shiri Yadlin '12

Shiri graduated from W&L in 2012, majoring in Religion and Global Politics with a minor in the Shepherd Poverty Program. After spending a year as an English Teaching Assistant in Austria as a Fulbright Fellow, she moved to Washington DC to work for Pathways to Housing, a non-profit focused on housing and mental health services. This direct service job focused on providing "wrap-around" services to adults with mental illness and a history of homelessness.

Ben Ersing '12

As an undergrad at W&L, Ben created his own major in "International Political Economy," minored in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and was part of the wrestling team and General's Development Initiative (GenDev). Ben first became curious about Social Entrepreneurship when he received a grant to do research with an NGO on the US/Mexico border.