Non-Profit Opportunity Ideas for PhD Students

First Steps

  • Examine Alternate Structure/Title for Secondary Area
  • Research Courses in the Voinovich School
  • Examine Existing Certificate Programs that might support your interest
    • Contemporary History
    • Geographic Information Science (GIS)
    • Gerontology
    • Health Care Services Administration
    • Health Policy
    • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
    • Women’s Studies

Second Steps

Third Steps

  • Volunteer with Community Organizations
  • Apply for Graduate Assistantship Opportunities in Academic Support Units
  • Assist in Programming by Academic Support Units
  • Research Post-Doc Opportunities
  • Research Fellowship Opportunities (esp. CLS Award)
  • Contact College Grant-Writer for Application Help

Fourth Steps and Beyond

  • Apply to Post-Doc Opportunities
  • Apply to Relevant Fellowships

See other ideas:
Ideas to enhance teaching experience | Ideas to enhance research/creative activity experience | Ideas to enhance academic service experience | Ideas to prepare for entering governmental or intergovernmental service | Ideas to prepare for work in non-profit organizations

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Miller, J. L., Sandburg, S., & Kay, C. S. (Forthcoming). Diamonds in the rough: Claims, evidence, and reasoning in Facebook comments. 
American Behavioral Scientist.
Lippert, A., & Kay, C. S. (Forthcoming). Click for Dixie: Virtual plantation tours’ use of White nostalgia and directed narrative experience. Chapter proposal accepted for the edited collection, Subjectivities of Interactive Nostalgia

2017 Excellence in Service Award recipient, The National Society of Leadership and Success: Ohio University Chapter. Nominated by former students. Carson Kay was the only graduate student and the only humanities scholar awarded by the society.


Kay, C. S. (2018, January 29). Graduate school and you: Insight from a Viking alum. Invited Skype presenter to discuss the graduate school experience with Dr. Sam Nazione’s senior seminar communication course at Berry College.
Kay, C. S. (2017, November 16-19). The young judge’s dilemma: Examining the tension between established team friendship and objectivity in judging ‘cousin’ teams.” Paper presented at the 2017 National Communication Association Annual Convention, Austin, Texas.
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