Nonprofit and Public Service Job, Internship, and Volunteer Forum

SJSU Career Center and Nova: Workforce Development logos.

October 8th, San Jose State University 

Student Union Ballroom (2nd Floor of Student Union)

SJSU Address: One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192 (Campus Map


Finding a Career in Nonprofit or Government Panel (sponsored by NOVA), 12:30pm - 1:30pm, Ballroom C

Come for an informative, hour long panel discussion where experts in the fields of local, state, and federal government as well as nonprofit share their experiences and knowledge about working in these sectors. Stick around to network with community members that are experienced professionals. This will be a great opportunity to build your network and identify individuals for informational interviews!


    • Fred Slone - Director Global Literacy Benetech
    • Albert Rivas - Deputy Chief, External Affairs CA Department of Corrections 
    • Khashayar “Cash” Alaee - Sr. Management Analyst, City of Palo Alto
    • Gwen Ford - President/CEO, Optimistic HR Solutions, LLC


Forum, 2:00pm - 4:30pm, Ballroom A & B

Come to this interactive networking and recruitment event and get tips from employers on starting a career in the public service and nonprofit sectors. Learn about opportunities to serve your community through work with nonprofit organizations as well as local, state and federal government.


Participating organizations for fall 2014

The following labels will be placed next to each organization to inform you on why they are attending the forum:

Information Icon Share information about their organization

Volunteer Icon Looking for volunteers

 Employment Icon  Seeking candidates for internship, PT and/or FT job opportunities

Organizations without any labels are still to be determined.


Information IconVolunteer IconEmployment Icon American Association of University Women   Information Icon Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
  AnewAmerica Community Corporation   Information IconVolunteer IconEmployment Icon Montalvo Arts Center
  Baywork   Information IconVolunteer Icon One Brick Silicon Valley
  Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center   Information IconVolunteer IconEmployment Icon Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Information IconVolunteer Icon Benetech   Information IconVolunteer Icon Project Hired
Information IconVolunteer IconEmployment Icon Beyond Z     Project PEARLS
Volunteer IconEmployment Icon Breathe California of the Bay Area   Volunteer IconInformation IconEmployment Icon Reading-Ready Wizards (K-12 program - no website)
Employment Icon CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation    Information IconVolunteer Icon Sacred Heart Community Service
    San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Information IconVolunteer IconEmployment Icon City of Campbell, Waterman for City Council   Employment Icon San Jose Cal-SOAP/UC Santa Cruz 
Information IconVolunteer IconEmployment Icon City of San Jose, District 2     Silicon Valley Creates
Volunteer IconEmployment Icon City of San Jose, District 10     SJB Child Development Centers 
Information IconEmployment Icon City Year   Information IconVolunteer IconEmployment Icon Startup-Pairup Inc. 
  Easter Seals Bay Area   Information IconVolunteer IconEmployment Icon Sunday Friends
  Employment Development Department   Information IconVolunteer IconEmployment Icon Teatro Visión
 Information IconVolunteer IconEmployment Icon Fashion Your Mind Organization     TeenForce
  Foundation for Mental Health   Information IconVolunteer Icon The LGBTQ Youth Space
Information IconVolunteer IconEmployment Icon Garden to Table: CommUniverCity     United Way Silicon Valley
 Information IconVolunteer IconEmployment Icon Guadalupe River Park Conservancy     US Public Health Service: Commissioned Corps
  Institute on Aging   Information IconVolunteer Icon
  JusticeCorps   Information IconVolunteer IconEmployment Icon West Valley Community Services
Volunteer IconEmployment Icon Liccardo for Mayor   Information IconVolunteer Icon Year Up
  Los Gatos Saratoga Recreation   Employment Icon YMCA of Silicon Valley
 Information IconVolunteer IconEmployment Icon   Marine Life Studies  





Prepare to speak with organizations with these great online resources:

Check out this article on The Muse to learn valuable tips on landing an awesome nonprofit job! Is working in government more your thing? If so, this is the article for you!

Researching Employers Webshop: Do your research! This 8 minute tutorial will show you the basics of researching an employer, including what to focus on and where to find it!

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Networking and Informational Interviewing: Does the thought of networking make you break out in a sweat? Don't worry! Networking is simply relationship building - a two way exchange of information.  This resource breaks down the basics of networking and informational interviewing so that you can feel at ease when meeting with employers!