The University of Iowa


Opportunities at the LAWINRC

For the third summer in a row, we are offering a Summer Research Associate opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students. The position is posted on Handshake (for most students) and Simplicity (for law students). The position description also appears below.

  • Start Date: May 23
  • End Date: August 12
  • Time: minimum 20 hours per week
  • Pay: $17 per hour

Position Description:

The Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center (LAWINRC) at the University of Iowa was founded in 2000 by UI College of Law Professor and UI President Emeritus Willard "Sandy" Boyd. The LAWINRC has established a record of educating undergraduate and graduate students across the university, training nonprofit professionals statewide, providing critical information on nonprofit issues, and developing publications and guidelines for Iowa’s nonprofit sector.

This position will support the work of the LAWINRC’s director. The work includes assisting with the following: updating editions of several LAWINRC publications; developing online training materials for lectures and workshops; delivering strategic planning, succession planning, and similar project materials to partner organizations; updating website and social media content; and responding to inquiries from the public. Overall, the position requires advanced skills in research and writing, as well as creative thinking and attention to detail. Coursework and/or experience in nonprofit organizations is a plus. Ideally, a person in this position would be available to work at least 20 hours per week. This is a hybrid working position, so candidates will have an opportunity to work remotely and/or on campus. Remote candidates will need a computer and regular access to the internet.

Find Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities for students abound, both on and off campus. Choose an opportunity relevant to your major, or get involved just because you care. There are many organizations and causes in the area where volunteers are welcome. You can start on campus by viewing visiting Student Engagement and Campus Programs.

A variety of on-campus opportunities can be found on the Ways to Get Involved page of the Center for Advancement website. 

Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy Certificate

The certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy requires 21 semester hours of coursework and prepares undergraduate students of any major for jobs with the more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States. Core courses cover basics in nonprofit organizational effectiveness, fundraising, ethics, and governance. Students are required to complete a field experience, which traditionally consists of a paid or unpaid internship with a nonprofit organization. To round out the 21 semester hours, students may choose from a wide range of electives such as grant writing, organizational leadership, event planning, and museum studies. 

Those pursuing the certificate come from a wide range of majors, including art and art history, communication studies, finance, health and human physiology, history, international studies, journalism, leisure studies, management, marketing, political science, sport and recreation management, among others.

Details are available on the University College web page.