Post-graduation Opportunities

Numerous post-graduation service programs exist that allow college graduates to get involved both nationally and internationally. Some pay participants a stipend and others require a volunteer fee to cover housing, training, etc. The programs below are a sampling of options (not endorsements) - make sure to research the programs carefully and ask for references of past participants to make sure the program is a good match for your interests. Here is a list of questions from Idealist.org to get you started as you research various programs - while the list focuses on international programs, it is still applicable to national service programs.

Gap Years

While there is overlap between the post-graduate opportunities and Gap Year programs, check out our web-page devoted specifically to Gap Years!

National Opportunities
AmeriCorps >>

AmericorpsAmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that engage more than fifty thousand americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve through more than 2,100 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based organizations. They tutor and mentor youth, build affordable housing, teach computer skills, clean parks and streams, run after-school programs, and help communities respond to disasters. Created in 1993, AmeriCorps is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Post-graduation service opportunities are available throughout the country, typically a year-long with stipend and education award. Check out VISTA, AmeriCorps, and NCCC programs.

Children's corps >>childrens corps logo

Children's Corps, a program of Fostering Change for Children, is recruiting dynamic new members to join their team in 2015.Children's Corps, based in New York City, seeks to make change in the child welfare system by recruiting young professionals who want to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families. Children's Corps is a two-year program that places its members in full-time positions http:with salary and benefits and offers a supportive network of professionals, peers, and alumni. Prior to working, Corps members go through comprehensive training to prepare them to be strong advocates for the families they serve. While in the program, Corps members receive on-going training, support, and professional development to prepare and encourage them to become the next leaders in the field. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Sarah Miles.

City Year >>

At City Year, we believe education has the power to help every child reach his or her potential. city year logoHowever, in high-poverty communities there are external factors and obstacles students are faced with every day that can interfere with their ability to both get to school and be ready and able to learn. We're working to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students actually need, and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide. In doing so, we're helping to increase graduation rates across the country, and changing the lives of the students we serve.

City Year is an education focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation. At City Year's 26 locations across the United States teams of 17-25 year olds called corps members serve full-time in schools for 10 months as tutors, mentors and role models. By focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance, corps members are uniquely able to help students and schools succeed.

Citizen Schools

Citizen Schools >>

The Citizen Schools National Teaching Fellowship offers a two-year, three-pronged leadership development experience: service as a team leader at a Citizen Schools campus, professional development with a partner organization in the community, and optional enrollment in a pioneering Master's program in out-of-school learning. The Fellowship is designed to provide hands-on leadership development to people of varied backgrounds who have high potential as educators and community builders.

Coro Fellows Program >>

The Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a nine-month, full-time, post-graduate experiential leadership training program which introduces diverse, intelligent and driven young public servants to all aspects of the public affairs arena. Field assignments, site visits, interviews and special individual and group projects and consultancies prepare Coro Fellows to translate their ideals into action for improving their own communities.

Inner-City Teaching Corps >>

Based in Chicago, the mission of the Inner-City Teaching Corps is to transform education in underserved communities and to empower children in urban schools through innovative education opportunities.

Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Jesuit Volunteer Corps >>

Jesuit Volunteers work in the United States and in six countries with hundreds of grassroots organizations to provide essential services to people who are homeless, unemployed, refugees, people with AIDS, the elderly, street youth, abused women and children, the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled. JVC has become the largest Catholic lay volunteer program in the country.

Public Allies >>

Public Allies' mission is to advance new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation. Based in one of over 20 cities around the US, Allies work four days each week for a ten-month AmeriCorps term at a local nonprofit organization where they strengthen their community by working in areas such as youth development, community development, public health, and economic development. They earn a monthly stipend and receive health care, student loan deferment, and a post-service education award. They also participate in a rigorous leadership development curriculum.

The Student Conservation Association >>

SCA members help protect vital habitats, do wildlife research, provide education, and build backcountry trails in national parks, forests and urban green spaces. Hundreds of environmental positions from Alaska to Yellowstone, from the Grand Canyon to Cape Cod.

Teach for America

Teach for America >>

Teach For America is a national corps of recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools, and become lifelong leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity.

International Opportunities

Great place to start: check out the International Volunteerism Resource Center to help guide your search, decide what program is a good match for you, ensure you are volunteering ethically, and locate a number of resources.

Center for Cultural Interchange>>

Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI) organizes study, teach, work, volunteer, and language programs in over 30 countries around the world. In 2004, CCI adopted Greenheart as its environmental and social initiative. Greenheart connects people and planet through environmentalism, fair trade, social transformation and cross cultural understanding.

Cross-Cultural Solutions >>

Cross-Cultural Solutions is a leader in the field of international volunteering, with over 3,000 volunteers each year. Founded in 1995, they are an international not-for-profit organization with no political or religious affiliations. CCS has a worldwide staff of over 200 people, and operates in 12 countries. Volunteer internships also available.

Jesuit Volunteer Corps >>

Jesuit Volunteers work in the United States and in six countries with hundreds of grassroots organizations to provide essential services to people who are homeless, unemployed, refugees, people with AIDS, the elderly, street youth, abused women and children, the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled. JVC has become the largest Catholic lay volunteer program in the country.

Meaningful Volunteer>>

Meaningful VolunteerMeaningful Volunteer is a 100% non-profit volunteer placement organization dedicated to empowering volunteers to make a meaningful impact in developing countries. We currently have volunteer programs in Uganda and the Philippines. Meaningful Volunteer has five projects in the Philippines and two projects in Uganda to choose from. Meaningful Volunteer offers volunteer opportunities that can range from 2 weeks to 26 weeks. Volunteer opportunities are open to both students and non-students. Student volunteers are usually able to use their volunteer time to also go towards college credit through independent study.

Peace Corps >>

Peace CorpsThe Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when John F. Kennedy challenged university students to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. Since that time, more than 182,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have been invited by 138 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education, information technology, and environmental preservation.

Volunteer Abroad >>

Extensive opportunities to search by country or volunteer activity. Just make sure you research the reputation of any particular group.

WorldTeach >>

WorldTeach provides opportunities (summer, one semester, and one-year terms) for volunteers to teach in developing World Teach Logocountries, making a meaningful contribution to schools and communities that are in great need of teachers. Most volunteers teach English and students range in age depending on the placement. In some countries, volunteers may also teach math, science, computer skills, or HIV/AIDS awareness.