Elizabethtown College Online Magazine

NGO Conference draws more than 350 to campus


Experiences, like internships, draw people to your resume, 

The Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking hosted its inaugural NGO Conference at Elizabethtown College Saturday, Nov. 2. NGOs, or nongovernmental organizations, typically have a mission to challenge community issues while promoting social cause or gain. There are more than 1.5 million in the United States.

Event planners deemed the NGO conference a success with more than 350 registrations. Attendees participated in sessions that centered on development, governance and peacekeeping; NGO representatives discussed their roles in the global community and explained what their organizations are doing to fight injustice and oppression. During lunch, keynote speaker Jan Pursell Lane ’75 shared how her experiences working for NGOs helped her and her community grow; she encouraged students to explore similar opportunities.

Following lunch, students of all majors were able to do just that at a job and internship fair that featured 11 NGOs. Dr. David Kenley, director of the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking, said employers seek  candidates with real-world experience

“Experiences, like internships, draw people to your resume, which can lead to jobs. That is why [the NGO career fair] is so important,” he said.

Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking