Community development efforts can be domestic or international, rural or urban. Small towns and large metropolitan cities in both the United States and around the globe have needs that can best be solved by a holistic understanding of how communities work.
Idealist.org and Developmentaid.org list hundreds of careers in community development.
Following are a few examples:
- Community development director
- Church developer/evangelist
- Educator for adult learning programs
- Rural/urban agriculture coordinator
- Economic development director
- Community health administrator
- Community planner
- Public works coordinator
- Park manager
Majors complete an internship with an organization involved in the type of community development they are most interested in. Options include organizations such as:
- World Renew
- Christian Reformed World Missions
- Food for the Hungry
- Chicago Department of Planning and Development
- Habitat for Humanity
- Food Resources Bank
- Lutheran Social Services
- Mennonite Central Committee
- Land Stewardship Project
- World Relief
"Students who participate in international community development trips often find it a life-changing experience. They experience other cultures and communities and gain insight into their own culture. It allows them to see that the kingdom of God is bigger than their own community and often leaves them frustrated. The community development program will help address these frustrations," says Dr. Ronald Vos, professor of agriculture.