Career Guide

Non-Governmental Sector

Organizations in this sector are called a variety of names including nonprofit, not-for-profit, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Non-governmental organizations work to address charitable or educational needs around the world, including preventing human trafficking, conserving wildlife, advancing food security, fighting discrimination, promoting governance and rule of law, protecting natural resources, providing microfinance, expanding education, and other fields.

Pro Tip:

In addition to screening for skills and talents, NGOs look for candidates who care about the issues they work on. Provide clear examples in your cover letter about how you know and care about the work the organization does; also look for ways to demonstrate a commitment to their core issues in your interview.

Skill Sets & Experience

  • Experience working on social issues

  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral

  • Critical thinking

  • Overseas experience

  • Regional expertise

  • Quantitative analysis

  • Foreign language proficiency

  • Program management