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A Few Words on…Student Recruitment

March 20, 2012

Passion.  Innovative thinking.  Up-to-date skills. A different perspective.  These are all things that come to mind when I think of hiring a recent graduate.  Notice that I left youthful enthusiasm off the list?  That’s because there are now a number of postgraduate programs that specialize in fundraising and volunteer management.  Graduates from these programs are more seasoned, with previous work and school experience in a variety of subjects. I recently spoke with Professor Ken Wyman, about one such program - Humber College’s Graduate Fundraising & Volunteer Management Program.

What value do Humber grads bring to the charity that they end up working with?

KW: So many in the sector are ‘accidental fundraisers.’ These students have intentionally sought out fundraising as a career.  People like me, who’ve fallen into a fundraising career, struggle to make it for a two-day conference, once a year.  These students get 25 hours a week of learning for 50 weeks. Many people tell us that our students have three to five years equivalent experience when they enter the work force.

How can a charity get involved with students in your program?

KW:  We happily share job notices for permanent, part-time and summer jobs but there are several other ways that Fundraising and Volunteer Management students can get involved in an organization – as volunteers, as part of a class assignment or as an intern.

Is it too late for an organization to indicate interest in having an intern for this summer?

KW: Not at all, but contact us as soon as possible. Internships begin in June.

Can job or internship opportunities be outside of Toronto?

KW: Yes! Location is flexible and worldwide.  In Canada, we’ve placed students in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, London and throughout the GTA and Golden Horseshoe.

What does the Association of Fundraising Professionals mean to you?

KW: I've been involved ever since AFP came to Canada, and before that with NSFRE Canada and the Canadian predecessors. Thirty-five years or so? Who's counting!

Our students are very involved in the local AFP Chapter.  They attend conferences and networking events and even volunteer at educational workshops, mentoring sessions, and more. It’s a win-win situation.


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