How can I work with Environment & Sustainability Start ups or Non-profits?

Hi UX Masters, I am looking to build a UX Design Portfolio and would love to work with a small start-up or non-profit in the Environment & Sustainability sector, as this is where I really want to put all my efforts into. If any of you lovely people are able to help connect me or direct me on the right path, I would be so happy to hear from you. Thank you and stay safe!

Welcome to the community @helenahewitt!

You can look for non profits in that sector and volunteer your time to help them with a UX project. You could check out the UN volunteering opportunities. United Nations Volunteers -

Hope that helps!

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Thanks so much for this, @jdebari. This is super useful and a great platform to lookout for opportunities. I have been looking into non profits, but most of the ones that I come across seem to be well established, maybe there is a slight part of me that feels I might get rejected if i approach more known charities. I’m also trying to find non profits who are just starting up and who may already not have much of an online presence.

Most non-profits are happy for free help, even well established ones. :grinning: UX isn’t a common role for them to have. There are lots of other volunteer opportunities, but I thought this one would focus more on your goals. Check out ones in your community as well. I volunteer for a local food waste organization that I would have never of found if I hadn’t heard about it from a neighbor. :slightly_smiling_face:

Hi @jdebari! Thanks for the encouragement! :blush: and amazing to hear! I will definitely look locally. I love that you volunteer for a food waste organisation, thanks for the tip. Appreciate your support!

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I’d definitely echo what @jdebari said - just ask! Most nonprofits are happy for any help.

I’d also add that you shouldn’t be worried about getting rejected from more well-known charities. Rejection costs you nothing, apart from the time you spent making the approach. It can be a little disheartening, but in the professional world you will get rejected. It’s just a part of the process, unfortunately - but not one that should limit you in terms of who you reach out to.


Thank you @dougcollins, again great words of encouragement. It will be good training for me in terms of not being afraid of rejection, I may as well try. This has really helped. Thank you!

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Glad I could help!