Non-Profit Sector Careers

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Alum Voices

  • Kelsey Gustafson graduated from CSB in 2010 and now works as an administrative assistant for the Stewart R. Mott Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC. She got her job after applying for it on idealist.org, the online jobs board for non-profit work. Most of her daily work involves proofreading, finding and compiling information, and solving various office problems that arise, all of which require her to use the critical thinking, editing, and research skills that she learned as an English major.
  • Victoria Piehowski graduated from CSB in 2009 and volunteered for a legal aid in Chicago. After completing her service year, she accepted a position at a domestic violence organization as their Outreach Legal Advocate where she writes petitions for survivors of domestic violence, informs clients of the rights, and connects them to resources.

She writes, "A petition for an order of protection requires a clear, pithy, and concise narrative that outlines the history of abuse and demonstrates an urgent need for legal protection. The close reading and critical writing skills I gained while studying English at CSB/SJU enable me to listen to my clients' stories, pick out the relevant details, and write convincing petitions that accurately portray their situations. Additionally, my theoretical basis in feminist literature has helped me to analyze the ways sexist perspectives permeate our judicial system and affect law enforcement. Armed with a feminist outlook, I can better understand the emotional and political barriers my clients face in the courtroom and in the home. This sensitivity makes me a stronger, more creative, and more effective advocate."