Helping Students Make an Impact as Nonprofit Professionals
The Nonprofit Student Society (NSS) provides a community on campus for those looking to make a change in the world through the nonprofit sector. Whether our students are interested in a career in nonprofit work or looking to volunteer or donate, we provide memorable experiences and service opportunities, coordinate professional networking, and connect students with internship opportunities.
NSS Priorities are to Provide our Club Members:
- Educational opportunities to fine-tune their ability to identify vetted nonprofits
- Leadership opportunities through assisting the board in planning NSS activities
- Networking opportunities with nonprofit leaders throughout the country
- Internship and career opportunities with nonprofits in Utah and the United States
By joining the NSS you will have access to regular events that provide educational, leadership, networking, internship, and career opportunities in the nonprofit sector. Our upcoming events are listed on our calendar and our weekly newsletter.
Visit the club’s website to join the Nonprofit Student Society. There is a $5 fee for an annual membership.
Co-President: Jess Wettstein
After seeing what nonprofits do every day on a trip I took with my dad to South Africa back in 2017, I knew I wanted to be a part of the change they were making in the world. I got involved with the NSS to help me network, gain more knowledge about the issues all around me, and learn how to help. This led me to serve a mission in Tokyo, Japan, where I had numerous opportunities to serve. Afterward, I got into Exercise Science with a minor in Business, where I plan on starting my journey to become a Recreational Therapist. The dream is to serve others by providing therapy through the outdoors—the ultimate combination of what I am passionate about.
Co-President: Kate Howe
My first encounter with a nonprofit organization was after hurricane Katrina hit. I lived relatively close by, and many older members of our church unit participated in cleanups through Helping Hands. I felt drawn to help and to give everything I could to help those affected. Recently, I had the opportunity to serve my mission in The Netherlands. I served and taught English and Dutch to refugees and asylum-seekers from all over the world. I currently volunteer with a local nonprofit that aids refugees resettling in my area. I hope to be able to continue advocating for those who have been displaced. The NSS enables me to connect with like-minded students and local nonprofits to help me understand what it is like to work at a nonprofit. Whether you are interested in a career in the nonprofit sector or just volunteering or donating, the NSS provides networking, internships, and service events throughout the year to help connect you to causes you care about. Witnessing the continual oppression of women by serving on a rape crisis team, I have had a strong desire to give back and contribute to the solution. This sparked in me an interest to advocate for others; to help them improve their quality of life in America. The NSS, or Nonprofit Student Society, allowed me to work toward that goal. We are a community of people on campus looking to make a difference globally through the diverse nonprofit sector. Whether you”re interested in a career in nonprofit or just volunteering or donating, the NSS provides networking, internships, and service events throughout the year to help connect you to causes you care about.
Vice President: Conner Campbell
My passion for nonprofit work began when I was a senior in high school. I was a volunteer peer tutor for students with disabilities. These students quickly became some of my best friends, and I realized that nothing in the world brought me more joy than helping students in need. This passion only grew as I continued to work with nonprofit organizations in different fields. I have since volunteered and served in several capacities, including humanitarian aid, religious missionary service, special needs development, fundraising, and many others. My favorite part of the nonprofit field is how there is truly something for everyone. No matter your status, interests, schedule, financial situation, or beliefs, there are opportunities to serve in many different positions.
As a member of the NSS board, I hope to spread this message across the BYU campus and the community. I have always believed that those who have the opportunity and the potential to change the world and live an extraordinary life, have the obligation and the responsibility to do so. I hope to help others realize this potential that they have and introduce them to the many available opportunities. I believe that as we do this, lives will be changed. And I believe that as we change lives, we can change the world.
Vice President: Kyli Fox
Understanding social problems and how to create social change is what drew me initially to nonprofit work. Most of my nonprofit activity has been centered around immigrant and refugee populations, stemming from my mission in Mongolia. Through my work with Walkways to Westminster, The Guadalupe School, and The No More a Stranger Foundation, I have come to understand the problems that surround refugee resettlement and immigration policy. I have learned that advocacy, human-centered design, and a deep understanding of the social problem are essential to making efficient change. I am very grateful to the Ballard Center and the Nonprofit Student Society for opening my eyes to social innovation and opportunities to make social impact a career. NSS has given me a place to create a real impact in the Nonprofit sector and a community of people who value social innovation as much as I do. I am a Junior at BYU from Sandy, UT; I am studying Sociology with Nonprofit Management and International Development Minors. I am excited to join the NSS board and make nonprofit work more accessible to the BYU community.
Our club meets every other Thursday at 7 p.m. View the Ballard Center events including the NSS here.