Answered by Bret, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Thursday, January 12, 2017
Thanks for the question!
I would keep your approach simple. Ohio State is a very large and reputable university with alumni all over the world, in all businesses and in all non-profits. I would work the alumni network and leverage OSU first.
Another key to getting into a focused area is to realize there are many paths to getting there. Your first job won’t be your only job and your first organization won’t be your only organization. If you find a non-profit that aligns with your passion and your skills, regardless of its size or reputation, get involved and see where it takes you.
A different approach all together would be to start your own non-profit. With strong communication skills you may very well be able to get something off the ground you are particularly interested in and then leverage that into a larger opportunity. Beyond what you have learned and experienced in university, going through the difficulty of setting something up, building the vision, and gathering donations, followers and volunteers you will know what people went through to start a future organization you may join.
Best of luck!