Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking Hosts NGO Conference
October 10, 2013   //   By:   //   Real-world Learning

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are non-profits that work at the local, national and international levels carrying out a variety of service and humanitarian functions. There are an estimated 1.5 million NGOs in the United States. As an opportunity for students and community members to learn more about the role of NGOs and internship and employment opportunities these organizations offer, the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking hosts the 2013 NGO Conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the KAV at Elizabethtown College.

Dr. Oya Ozkanca, associate professor of political science and cochair of the conference encourages students from all disciplines to attend the event. “This is a chance to not only learn about NGOs and what they do,” said Ozkanca. “But about the experiences they can offer students.”

Given the importance many employers put on hiring candidates with real-world experience, this event is vital for students looking to stand out. “Experiences, like internships, draw people to your resume, which can lead to jobs,” said Dr. David Kenley, director of the Center. “That is why this is so important.”

Experiences, like internships, draw people to your resume, which can lead to jobs…”

Not only will Elizabethtown students benefit from this event, but the NGOs might, as well. “We’re trying to build connections with these agencies,” said John Craig, Ambassador in Residence and cochair of the conference. “We hope that when these NGOs receive applications from Elizabethtown students, they automatically remember the quality of students we produce. All the agencies are very excited about this endeavor.”

Jan Pursell Lane ’75 presents the keynote address. Lane’s experience includes working with Pa. Gov. Richard Thornburgh and Illinois Congressman Bob Michel. She also served as vice president of public policy and strategic partnerships with the American Red Cross and as deputy director at the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute.

An internship/job fair and poster session follows the speaker. Twelve NGOs, including the Mennonite Central Committee, Human Rights Watch and CARE USA, will be present. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the NGOs and ask questions about internships and employment.

The conference is open to the public, but free registration is required. Participants not affiliated with the College must pay for lunch, $10, if they wish to attend. For questions contact Kay Wolf at or 717-361-1147.

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Rustin is 2014 graduate of Elizabethtown College.

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