This sector is one that many students and graduates are keen to get into. It's important to gain as much experience in this area as possible through volunteering or internships. We have grouped some of these resources in to five areas; Career roles, Job sites, Getting Experience, Books and Organisation databases. Please explore these resources to learn more about the sector. For further guidance on careers in this area and/or for advice please speak to one of our Careers Advisers.

Charity and Development Work

Charity and NGOs - Career Roles

This link will take you to a selection of career profiles for the Charity and Development sector, including 'Volunteer Fundraiser' and 'International Development Officer'. These are a useful resource to find out about skills required for the role, entry requirements and sources of vacancies.

Charity and NGOs - Getting Experience

Getting experience through internships or volunteering is a vital way to gain experience and access employment opportunities within this sector. Access this link to find out more about some different opportunities.

Charity and NGOs - Job Sites

The link below will take you to a list of websites that advertise opportunities in the Charity and Development sector. These sites are also a useful resource for information about the sector.

Charity and NGOs - Organisation Databases

This link allows you to access a selection of Charity & NGO databases. These range from UK to International wide databases. These resources offer links to organisations as well as advice about the sector.

Guardian Careers - How to break into the Charity sector

This links to a 'Careers Talk podcast: How to break into the charity sector' available via Guardian Careers. Guardian careers talk to a group of new recruits to hear all about the skills, experience, and indeed internships, needed to get a paid job in the not-for-profit sector. The podcast is around 30 minutes in length but the main focus of the podcast starts at around 12 minutes in.

UK Department for International Development (DFID)

UK Department for International Development (DFID) is part of the UK Government. Its role is to manage Britain's aid to poor countries as well as working towards getting rid of extreme poverty.

NIDOS - Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland

NIDOS is a network of 70 organisations in Scotland involved in international development. Includes a member directory and some job & voluntary opportunities.

Relief Web

International website with information about jobs and voluntary opportunities with humanitarian organisations.

Careers in Healthcare: A Guide to Working in Voluntary Organisations

Information on the benefits of working in Healthcare roles in the voluntary sector. The guide contains detailed case studies of people working in these roles and profiles of organisations you could work for.

BOND - Networking for International Development

Network of voluntary organisations working in international development. Search for UK and International vacancies in Development work.

Charities Advisory Trust

A registered charity, with Home Office funding, to provide an impartial source of information on all aspects of trading for charities. The trust runs an annual course in India for graduates to learn more about development work.

British Insitute of Human Rights

Offers voluntary and internship opportunities.

Amnesty International

Organisation campaigning for human rights.

Save the Children

Leading independent organization creating real and lasting change for children in need. Their website provides details of internship and volunteering opportunities.


Comprehensive information on the charity sector in England and Wales with a listing of charities of all sizes, links to databases and sector data and analyses.

Shaw Trust - supporting disabled people

National charity which provides vocational training, work tasters & help finding jobs.

Mary's Meals

An international movement to set up school feeding projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education.

Working in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance

This book starts with a general introduction to the International Development sector then discusses the qualifications, skills and experience required to start a career in this area. There are then chapters on specialities, such as Human Rights, Energy and Media.

  • Author: Maia Gedde
  • Published: 2015

You will find this book in the Careers Service library on the second floor of the Hub.