A service corps experience can give you an incredible launching point for a lifelong impact career, along with a wealth of hands-on experience. Most service corps programs offer limited compensation by providing room and board, travel expenses, living stipends, health insurance, and student loan forgiveness or education awards.
Service corps programs (similar to fellowships) are available internationally and in the United States, with positions working in a wide range of areas from education and health care to agriculture and economic development. Individual programs vary widely in the type of assignments available, the geographic area covered, and the format of training and work programs. Service-corps are most frequently a year- to two- year post-bachelor positions and are often referred to as corps members, interns, long-term volunteers or fellows depending on the program.
Opportunities are available through the best-known US service corps, AmeriCorps and Peace Corps, along with private-sector and faith-based programs.
Service opportunities across the United States through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups
- AmeriCorps State & National: provides funds to local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. Each of these organizations and agencies, in turn, uses their AmeriCorps funding to recruit, place, and supervise AmeriCorps members. Search AmeriCorps State Commissions to identify individual programs operating in each state – e.g. Volunteer TN: Team TN AmeriCorps
- AmeriCorps VISTA: provides full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty.
- AmeriCorps NCCC: NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women age 18–24. Members are assigned to one of five campuses, located in Denver, Colorado; Sacramento, California; Perry Point, Maryland; Vicksburg, Mississippi; and Vinton, Iowa. The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. In partnership with non-profits—secular and faith based, local municipalities, state governments, federal government, national or state parks, Indian Tribes and schools members complete service projects throughout the region they are assigned.
Twenty-seven months of international service in such fields as agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health, and youth in development. To learn more, contact UT Peace Corps Recruiter Amanda McRoy, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Develops leaders, strengthens organizations, and promotes innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled professionals.
AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
Gives passionate young people hands-on work experience at local organizations, working on some of our country’s most pressing social issues, like homelessness, public health, HIV/AIDS, education, and immigrant rights. Corps members create and live in an active Jewish community and explore the connections between Judaism and social justice. Check out this video about AVODAH alumni: http://avodah.net/video-avodah-as-a-path-to-your-career/
Citizen Schools partners with public middle schools in low-income communities to provide an expanded learning day, rich with opportunities. A variety of involvement opportunities exist, including teaching fellowship, volunteer work and jobs.
Christian Appalachian Project
Christian Appalachian Project is a Kentucky-based, interdenominational, non-profit Christian organization “committed to serving people in need in Appalachia by providing physical, spiritual and emotional support through a wide variety of programs and services.”
Unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them skills and opportunities to change the world.
Global Citizen Year (GCY)
Unleashes the potential of the next generation of Americans as global leaders and effective agents of change by recruiting and training a diverse corps of high-potential graduating high school seniors and supporting them through a transformative bridge year of service learning and leadership training in emerging economies. Check out one Fellow’s experience globalcitizenyear.org/program/experience/
Global Health Corps
Pairs intelligent and passionate fellows with international health and healthcare organizations that require new thinking and innovative solutions.
IDEX Fellowship in Social Enterprise
Offers professional, cultural, and social immersion into the field of social enterprise for college graduates interested in launching a career in the sector through a ten-month program.
Public Interest Research Groups (PIRG)
Researches the problems, educates and mobilizes people at the grassroots level to build support, and advocate on behalf of citizens to change public policy.Multiple opportunities exist including the fellowship program.
PIRG Energy Service Corps is a joint program of the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and AmeriCorps that works to educate and engage communities around energy
Advances new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits, and civic participation.
Teach For America
Builds the movement to eliminate educational resources inequity by enlisting America’s most promising future leaders in the effort.
The Student Conservation Association
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s conservation corps. Our members protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces in all 50 states.
Thomas J. Watson Fellowship
Offers college graduates of “unusual promise” a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel—in international settings new to them—to enhance their capacity for resourcefulness, imagination, openness, and leadership, and to foster their humane and effective participation in the world community.
Provides urban young adults 18-24, with a unique combination of technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and corporate internship.