Social Services & Non-Profit

Welcome to the Social Services & Non-profit Career Community! Find resources and opportunities to launch your career in the Social Sciences & Non-profit industry and learn about the many different areas students can pursue in the field, in addition to the opportunities available through our notable employer partner,  Browse this Community for career advice blogs, available career opportunities, and explore the resources to help you build your career and beyond.

Launch into the Future: Conquering Post-Graduation Uncertainty

Graduation is upon us, Vikings! It’s a thrilling launchpad, but also normal to feel a mix of “what’s next?” and nervous excitement. Don’t worry, you’re not lost at sea. Here’s your personal treasure map to navigate post-graduation uncertainty with confidence …

By Sangamitra Shakya
Sangamitra Shakya
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Beyond the Cap and Gown! Maximizing Finals Week and Graduation for Career Success

As finals week approaches and the excitement of graduation builds, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of last-minute assignments and celebratory plans. However, amidst the chaos, it’s essential to recognize that these moments offer unique opportunities to …

By Sangamitra Shakya
Sangamitra Shakya
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WQPT-PBS Internships

Are you looking for a summer internship?🔍 Are you interested in the media industry? 📺Check out these internships from WQPT/PBS!

🎓Development Intern

PBS seeks a highly motivated, self-starting student who is passionate about public broadcasting and education. The Development Intern …

By Minh Nguyen
Minh Nguyen
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Innovation In The Alps!

In the spring of 2025, Augustana College will offer a Study Away program focused on innovation in music and science and ethical consideration in Germany and Switzerland (Alps). Students will take two courses on campus (ENGR 315 and MUSC 306) in Spring. After …

By Lisa Slater
Lisa Slater Marketing & Events Coordinator
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Stop by CORE and Share Your Success!

By Lisa Slater
Lisa Slater Marketing & Events Coordinator
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Career Resources

Decoding Your Future

To further support your exploration and decision-making process, here are some valuable resources:

Employment Tips for International Students

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Viking Connections

Leslie Carranza

Alumni, Community Experts
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Stagehand Local 2
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Sarah Cermak

Alumni, Community Experts
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • District Manager of Advocacy Centers Metro Nashville Public Schools
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Marty Hampton

Alumni, Community Experts
  • Shared Ministry Pastor Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
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Mary Hawks

Alumni, Community Experts
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Parish/Faith Community Nurse Messiah Lutheran Church
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Sallie Konrardy

Alumni, Community Experts
  • Rock Island, Illinois
  • Professional School Counselor Rock Island-Milan School District #41
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Destany Metcalf

Alumni, Community Experts
  • Davenport, Iowa
  • Medical Case Manager The Project of the Quad Cities
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Sarah Rothenberg

Alumni, Community Experts
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Administrative Assistant Bella Groves
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Dawn Rundman

Alumni, Community Experts
  • Minneapolis
  • Director of Faith Formation Resource Development and Assistant Director of ELCA Relations 1517 Media
Meet Dawn >

Vanessa Schmitt

Alumni, Community Experts
  • Proviso, Illinois
  • Director of Specialized Services Proviso Township District 209
Meet Vanessa >

Amanda Smet

Alumni, Community Experts
  • Rock Island, Illinois
  • Employment Coordinator Transitions Mental Health Services
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Greg Stopka

Alumni, Community Experts
  • Illinois
  • Senior Director of Innovation Northern Illinois Food Bank
Meet Greg >

Anna Tunnicliff

Alumni, Community Experts
  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Processing Librarian Iowa Women's Archives
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Skill Building Courses

Developing Cross-Cultural Intelligence (2016)

Taught by Tatiana Kolovou
Being able to work across cultures is an increasingly necessary skill for all employees. Communications expert Tatiana Kolovou helps you…

Top Tips for Crafting Pitches that Inspire Action

Taught by Scott Fox
How do you craft pitches that truly resonate with your audience? Join Scott Fox as he unveils the art of…

Communicating Employee Rewards

Taught by Catherine Mattice
We bet you have a great benefits and rewards program… and that your employees don’t know much about it. As…

Negotiation Skills

Taught by Chris Croft
Negotiation skills aren’t just important for the sales professionals among us. With a little practice, anyone can learn the simple…

Understanding Your Compensation and Benefits

Taught by Barbara Bruno
Whether you’re new to the workforce or you’ve just accepted a job at a new company, understanding the compensation and…

Communicating in Times of Change

Taught by Brenda Bailey-Hughes
Leadership communication is never more important than during times of change. This course helps supervisors and mid-level managers come up…

Persuading Others

Taught by Dorie Clark
In a workplace that’s increasingly connected and less hierarchical, developing your persuasion skills can be one of the most valuable…

Communicating with Empathy

Taught by Sharon Steed
When you seek to understand the perspective of another person, you are practicing empathy. When empathetic communication is encouraged at…

Charlene Li on Digital Leadership

Taught by Charlene Li
Today’s most influential leaders have an online presence. But how do you lead “digitally” and engage followers in such a…

Shane Snow on Storytelling

Taught by Shane Snow
Storytelling is a powerful way to make people care about products, brands, and causes. It can facilitate sales, marketing, presentations,…

Getting Your Ideas Approved

Taught by Mike Figliuolo
Pitching a big idea can be a daunting prospect if you’re unsure where to start. Gathering data and presenting facts…

Video Journalism: Storytelling Techniques

Taught by Jeff Sengstack
How you choose your shots, craft your story, and edit your footage is what draws attention to your videos. The…

Human Resources in the On-Demand Economy

Taught by Wayne Cascio
Companies like Uber and Airbnb have ushered in a new type of labor force where the terms “employee” and “employer”…

Administrative Human Resources

Taught by Catherine Mattice
HR administration is vital to the success of every business and every employee. Effective HR administrators make sure companies stay…

Human Resources: Running Company Onboarding

Taught by Jeff Toister
The first step in converting a promising job candidate into a successful employee lies in your organization’s onboarding process. How…

Fred Kofman on Managing Conflict

Taught by Fred Kofman
Do you dread difficult conversations? Avoiding conflict doesn’t save relationships. Managing conflict makes them stronger. Learn the tools that turn…

Strategic Negotiation

Taught by Mike Figliuolo
Learn negotiation skills to help you get what you want while also building better relationships with coworkers, bosses, business partners,…

Asking for a Raise

Taught by Lisa Gates
Connect your self worth to your market worth: ask for a raise! In this course, executive coach and negotiation consultant…

Humor in the Workplace

Taught by Izzy Gesell
Humor can change lives and relationships. In this course, organizational consultant and former standup comedian Izzy Gesell helps us better…

Effective Listening

Taught by Brenda Bailey-Hughes
Listening is a critical competency, whether you are interviewing for your first job or leading a Fortune 500 company. Surprisingly,…

Contact & Location


Olin Center
639 38th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

Career Service Hours

Day of the week
Office is Open Drop-Ins
Monday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Drop-in topics include:

  • Resume & Cover Letter Review
  • Resume & Cover Letter Writing
  • Viking Score Overview
  • LinkedIn Headshot Photo
  • Career Resources Overview