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You can start a search in any combination of several ways:

  • By type: Click the Type selector on any page to choose what type of thing you're looking for (for instance, Jobs, or Internships, or Volunteer Opps). Then click "Search". You can also do this by clicking on the listing type directly beneath the Idealist logo (for instance, clicking on "Volunteer" starts a search for Volunteer Opportunities).
  • By keyword: Type a word or phrase into the "What?" search box on any page, then click "Search".
  • By location: you can start typing a location in the "Where?" search box on any page, then pick a suggestion, to search in a particular city, state, country, or region, then click "Search".

Use filters to refine your search 

Once you've clicked Search, search results will appear in the center of the page. On the left side of the search results, you'll see filters you can use to refine your search. For example, if you're searching for jobs, you'll be able to filter down to only see full-time jobs or jobs that require a four-year degree. If you're searching for volunteer opportunities, you can focus on the schedule that best matches the time you're free.

Want to receive a daily email with the new opportunities that match your criteria? Get Email Alerts! Log in or sign up, run your search, click the green "Save this search" button at the top of search results, and check the "Email me daily with new matches!" box.

Hone in on specific Areas of Focus and Job Categories 

Know what cause you want to support or work for or have a specific career in mind? Just run any search. On the left of your search results, you'll see the Areas of Focus box. Click the areas that interest you the most, and see the full list by clicking in the "Search the full list" box. Same goes for Job function which will appear on any job searches.

Want to receive a daily email with the new opportunities that match your criteria? Get Email Alerts! Log in or sign up, run your search, click the green "Save this search" button, and check the "Email me daily with new matches!" box.

Expand your search by increasing the distance option 

To search by radius from a specific location, you'll need to run a city-based search. To do so, just start typing your city location in the location box and select it from the type-ahead. On the left of your search results, you'll see the option to expand your search by a given mile radius.

Search by region 

To search for opportunities in a general geographic region, start by typing the name of the region from the list below in the location field of the search box and selecting it from the type-ahead.

  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Asia
  • Australasia
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • Central Asia
  • Eastern Europe
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Micronesia
  • Middle East
  • North Africa
  • North America
  • Northern Europe
  • Oceania
  • Polynesia
  • South America
  • South East Asia
  • Southern Africa
  • Southern Europe
  • West Africa
  • Western Asia
  • Western Europe

What advanced search terms can I use? 

When entering terms in the search bar, you can use these search operators to improve your results (and if all this sounds a bit too complicated, check out the advanced search page):

Broaden your search (OR)

  • Example: tutor OR mentor would give you search results that mention either word, whereas tutor mentor would only give you results that mention both words.

Exclude a term using a minus sign (-)

  • Example: development -fundraising would give you all results related to development, unless they contain the term fundraising.

Glue words together with quotation marks ("")

  • Example: "young professionals" would include results such as Young Professionals of Chicago, but would exclude results such as Young Nonprofit Professionals Network or professionals working with young people.

Complete a term with an asterisk (*)

  • Example: econom* would give you all results that contain the words economic, economical, economics, economist, or economy.

Remember that clicking on the categories on the left side of the search results page will give you most of the advanced search capability you need. But if you want more detailed information about our search tool, see the Xapian Query Syntax page.