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Post-Baccalaureate Opportunities

Many Earlham students participate in a year or more of service following graduation. There is a wide range of options that allow recent grads to serve. Some programs even provide avenues to potential career or grad school opportunities. The following list is not exhaustive but is meant to help students get started in their search for service options after graduation.

AmeriCorps State & National
AmeriCorps State & National is a nation-wide network of AmeriCorps programs that place young adults into full-time service positions where they will work to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Members receive a living allowance and benefits during service. Upon successful completion of a term of service, members are eligible to receive an education award. Open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents age 17 and older. Application deadlines vary by position, and positions are posted all year.

AmeriCorps NCCC
AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps is a full-time, team-based, 10-month residential program for young adults who will carry out projects in public safety, the environment, youth development, and disaster relief and preparedness. Members are assigned to one of five regional campuses: Denver, CO; Sacramento, CA; Baltimore, MD; Vicksburg, MS; and Vinton, IA. Teams, comprised of 8-10 members, complete multiple service projects that address community needs in different locations across the United States. Members receive a living allowance, housing, meals, and benefits during service. Upon successful completion of a term of service, members are eligible to receive an education award. Open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents between ages 18 and 24. Application deadlines are April 1, July 1 and November 15.

AmeriCorps VISTA
AmeriCorps VISTA is a nationwide program with an anti-poverty and community empowerment focus, in which members serve full time in a capacity-building position for one year with community-based organizations. Members receive a living allowance and benefits during service. Upon successful completion of a service term, members can choose to receive an education award or post-service stipend. Open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents age 18 and older. Application deadlines vary by position, and positions are posted all year.

AVODAH’s Jewish Service Corps is a one-year program that operates out of Chicago, New Orleans, New York, and Washington, D.C. Members live and learn together while working on issues like immigration, hunger, education, public health, and domestic violence through direct service, direct advocacy, and community organizing. Throughout the year program members will attend sessions with activists, trainers, and educators to learn more about poverty and social change. A living allowance is provided, and members may be eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award following service. This program is open to Jewish and non-Jewish young adults ages 21-26. It is important to know that a large part of the program is based on the interplay between Judaism and social justice, and creating a Jewish community. All Corps Members are asked to have the ability and interest to live and learn in an environment that is structured around a Jewish lifestyle, regardless of individual faith. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 29th 2018 at Noon. If any additional spots are open, applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling bases.

Border Servant Corps
Border Servant Corps hosts full-time volunteers that live in an intentional community, learn about living simply, work for social justice, and explore spirituality. Volunteers work with issues such as poverty, immigration, domestic violence, education, and health care with opportunities to work in churches, shelters, legal centers, after-school programs, clinics, and other community organizations. BSC operates in El Paso, TX and Las Cruces, NM. Volunteers receive a monthly stipend, and are provided with housing, health care, and transportation. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, beginning with a January 15th deadline.

Johnson Service Corps
The Johnson Service Corps is an 11.5-month program of service and social justice work, leadership training, and vocational discernment. Members work 32 hours per week with a local organization to address social justice issues in the Chapel Hill and Durham, NC community. The JSC is part of the Episcopal Service Corps and is rooted in the Christian tradition, however this program is open to people of all spiritual expressions. Corps members live in a house together, forming an intentional community. Additionally, JSC provide benefits and a living stipend. This program is open to single young adults between ages 21 and 30 who are college graduates, or young adults with comparable experience. The regular application deadline for the 2018-19 Program Year is January 26th 2018. JSC continues to receive applications, interview applicants, and offer positions on a rolling basis throughout the spring, with additional deadlines on March 15th and June 1st.

Peace Corps
Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Members serve abroad for a two year term, and work directly with communities to build capacity in one of the following issue areas: education, health, youth in development, environment, community economic development and agriculture. Members receive a living stipend and benefits during service, as well as transition funds upon successful completion of a service term. This program is open to U.S. citizens.

Public Allies
Public Allies is a national movement committed to advancing social justice and equity by engaging and activating the leadership of young people. Members are placed with a non-profit organization and participate in a full-time, paid 10-month apprenticeship. Members receive a monthly stipend and benefits, and are eligible for an education award upon completion of the program. This program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have a high school diploma or GED. Public Allies considers applicants regardless of degree attainment, work history, or criminal history. Public Allies operates in 25 different cities, and application deadlines vary based on location.

PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh, PA by partnering with local nonprofits for a year of service. Participants serve in a wide variety of nonprofits, ranging from the arts to community development, social service to environmental. During their service, PULSE participants live in an intentional community and participate in ongoing training and development. Participants receive room and board, food and transportation expenses, and a modest personal stipend. The application deadline is March 1st 2018.

Quaker Voluntary Service
Quaker Voluntary Service is an 11-month experiment, living at the intersection of transformational spirituality and activism. Young adults work full-time in professional positions at community based organizations addressing a wide range of issues, while living in a cooperative house and worshiping with, and being mentored by, local Quakers. Fellows receive housing, transportation, food, support for health and wellness (including access to health insurance if needed), and a small stipend, while engaging in regular self-led workshops and retreats that allow for continuing education in social justice, faith, and community building topics. Applications for the 2018-19 cohort will be available in the fall/winter of 2017. QVS is open to people of all theological backgrounds. The application deadline is March 15th 2018.

Young Adult Volunteers
The Young Adult Volunteer program is a one-year service opportunity for young adults from 19 to 30 years. YAVs live in intentional Christian community, deepening and developing their faith while serving alongside partners in community agencies and local churches across the United States and around the world. YAVs serve for one academic year, August - July, as they explore God's calling in their lives. YAVs receive room and board, transportation, health insurance, and a basic living stipend. Student loan repayment is available for qualified applicants. This program is open to Presbyterians, as well as non-Presbyterians. The deadlines are broken up by rounds for the different service opportunities. Round One application deadline is January 1st 2018, Round Two application deadline is March 1st 2018, and Round Three deadline is June 1st 2018.

City Year
City Year is an education focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service in 25 urban locations to keep students in school and on track to graduation. Members are placed at an elementary, middle, or high school, and work directly with students. City Year’s leadership development model is designed to ensure member success in the program and beyond. Members receive a living stipend and benefits, and upon completion of service members receive an education award and will be eligible to receive scholarships for continuing education. This program is open to U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, ages 18-25, with a minimum of a GED or High School Diploma, who have served no more than 3 terms in another AmeriCorps, NCCC, or VISTA program. This program has multiple application deadlines each year. Applications submitted later in the year are typically competing with a larger pool of applicants. The Spring deadline is February 15th 2018 and the Summer deadline is April 30th 2018.

Inspired Teaching Fellows
Through a 24-month residency program, each Fellow is prepared for a successful and sustainable career as a teacher and changemaker in Washington, DC while earning a DC teaching license and a Master of Arts in Teaching.  During the residency year, Fellows receive a financial stipend to assist with living expenses. While enrolled in the Inspired Teacher Certification Program, Fellows are full-time graduate students and are responsible for tuition costs, to be paid directly to Trinity Washington University. Inspired Teaching Fellows receive a special discounted tuition rate that is covered by the first year stipend. Fellows are eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of the program, and as teachers, Fellows may qualify for teacher loan forgiveness programs through the federal government. This program is open to US citizens, or those with permanent resident status, who have a Bachelor’s degree and meet the program’s GPA requirements. Applications will be accepted starting in November 2017, and the application deadline is February 27th 2018.

Match Corps
Match Corps is a one-year urban education fellowship based in Boston, MA. Members tutor small groups of students in grades 1-12 and partner closely with families to help close the achievement gap. Members receive a living allowance and benefits, as well as an education award upon successful completion of the service term. This program is open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who have attained a bachelor’s degree. The spring application deadline is February 22nd 2018. Applications are accepted on a rolling bases. If any openings remain, the final deadline for applications is April 19th 2018. 

Memphis Teacher Residency
The MTR Residency program is a Master’s-level degree program that combines three aspects of training—theory, practice, and support—in order to transform Memphis urban k-12 classrooms. Members receive a Masters of Arts in Urban Education through Union University (tuition provided), intensive classroom experience with a Mentor-Teacher within an urban school, a State of TN Educator License, housing, and a living stipend. Prerequisites for acceptance are a Bachelor’s Degree, and a 3.0 GPA (exceptions may be submitted). Applications will be available in September 2017. The spring application deadline is March 4th 2018.

Teach for America
Teach for America Corps members commit to teach for two years in low-income communities in order to help address the educational injustice faced by children in poverty. Corps members are full-time salaried employees of a school district, charter school, or other educational employer, and receive the same salary and benefits as other beginning teachers. Corps members may be eligible for scholarships, grants, housing assistance, and loan forgiveness during their service term, and may be eligible for an education award upon completion of the service term. Prerequisites for applying: A Bachelor’s Degree; Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.50/4.00; U.S. citizen, national/legal resident, or DACA status. Final application deadline is March 3rd 2018.

Green Corps
During this one-year program, participants will learn grassroots organizing skills from some of the top practitioners in the country while working on three to five different campaigns such as retiring dirty coal-fired power plants, protecting our drinking water, improving our food system and building the campus fossil fuel divestment movement. Participants receive annual compensation and competitive benefits package. The application is now open for the next Green Corps class. The application deadline is on a rolling basis.

RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship
The RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship Program seeks to provide supported career pathways for people of color within the field of marine conservation. RAY Fellows will be placed within one of our partner organizations for a year-long paid fellowship position. RAY Fellowship positions are full time paid positions, plus benefits. Fellows also receive a stipend of for professional development opportunities, in addition to coordinated professional development through their host organizations and the Environmental Leadership Program. The application deadline is March 15th 2018.

Student Conservation Association
The Student Conservation Association is building the next generation of conservation leaders by connecting passionate individuals with a nationwide network of partners who offer hands-on service opportunities. SCA offers both individual internships and SCA Corps, a team-based program. Members work in a variety of disciplines to protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks, and community green spaces. Programs range from 3 to 12 months. Members receive a living allowance, housing, health insurance, and are eligible for an education award upon completion of their term of service. Some positions are also eligible for a travel allowance. This program is open to U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens. There is a one-time application fee of $25. Application deadlines vary based on program. SCA recommends applying three months before positions start. 

Global Health Corps
Global Health Corps is a community of leaders united by the belief that health is a human right. During a yearlong paid fellowship, GHC fellows work in a range of critical roles within partner organizations on the front lines of health equity in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia, developing as leaders and making an impact every day. Fellows receive a living stipend, housing, health insurance, and travel expenses. Applications open in early November and close January 17th 2018.

Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program 
The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program uses a combination of field and policy experience to train effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty in the U.S. After an orientation and training session, Fellows spend 5 ½ months with community-based anti-hunger and anti-poverty organizations, such as food banks, local advocacy organizations, community organizing groups and economic development agencies. Following the field experience, Fellows return to Washington, D.C. for another training session, and then begin their policy placement. The Emerson Program incorporates an anti-racist approach to all aspects of our work. Fellows receive a living stipend, a travel stipend, health insurance, and housing support, as well as a service award upon completion of the program. This program is open to those with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. Applications for the 2018-19 class of Emerson Fellows is due January 10th 2018.

The FoodCorps program places members at one of 18 service sites across the country for a one-year term of public service focused on building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities. Members teach children about food and nutrition, sustainably grow healthy food, and work to increase access to healthy foods in schools. Training, a living allowance and benefits are provided, as well as an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award upon completion of the service term. This program is open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent U.S. residents, who have a minimum of a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. The application eadline is March 14th 2018 by 6:00PM PST.

Autry Fellowship
The Autry Fellowship provides an opportunity for talented and passionate recent college graduates to work for one year to address pressing issues of inequity in the South as a full-time, paid staff member at Manpower Development Corps (MDC). The Fellow’s time will center on learning MDC’s strategies for promoting economic and social justice by participating in a variety of project teams centered on education, employment, and economic security. The Fellowship is open to US residents. Applications for next year’s program are due January 10th 2018.

Kip Tiernan Social Justice Fellowship
The Kip Tiernan Social Justice Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a woman with new ideas, talent and energy to develop and carry out a project that will improve the lives of poor and homeless women in New England. Desired projects could include a public policy initiative or campaign, a project aimed at reducing poverty and homelessness, or the development and implementation of a project that fills gaps in existing services in areas such as: legal advocacy, jobs or economic development, housing, shelter, LGBT, immigration, young adults, elders, etc. The Fellowship is 12 months long and is awarded on a one-time basis to an eligible woman. Fellows are awarded a $40,000 stipend. The application will be available April 2018.

Shriver Corps
LIFT takes a people-powered approach to fighting poverty: A network of Community Members, Advocates and Advisors work together to build the strong personal, social and financial foundations people need to get ahead. Shriver Corps Program Fellows work to lift families out of poverty by building capacity for LIFT’s regional offices. This one-year program is open to US citizens or permanent residents who have a Bachelors degree and are able to pass a background check. Fellows receive a living allowance and benefits, and upon completion of the term fellows are eligible to receive an education award or cash stipend. LIFT is currently accepting applications for their Los Angeles and New York field offices.

Coro Fellows Program
During this nine-month program, each Fellow participates in a series of full-time projects across a variety of sectors in public affairs, including a final project of the Fellow’s choosing. Sectors may include: government, business, electoral politics, organized labor, media, and non-profit/philanthropy. Fellows also conduct interviews with prominent decision-makers in various industries, and attend weekly training seminars. Fellowship placements are available in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis. Stipends, tuition and payment schedules vary between Coro centers. The application deadline for the 2019-20 class of Coro Fellows is January 17th 2018 at 11:59 PM, PST.

Friends Committee on National Legislation – Young Fellows Program
FCNL Young Fellows spend 11 months working with key FCNL staff members to build expertise in advocacy from a public interest perspective. The program offers opportunities for work in the areas of advocacy, research, communications and outreach. Fellows receive a salary that covers basic living expenses for the Washington, DC area, as well as benefits. This program is open to Quakers and non-Quakers who are recent grads or otherwise at the beginning of their careers. The application deadline is February 12th 2018.

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
The Scoville Fellowship is a six to nine month program in Washington, DC with a focus on the issues of peace and security. Fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating nonprofit, public-interest organization of their choice. Fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, and organizing that support the goals of their host organization. Fellows receive a monthly salary and health insurance, as well as a stipend for travel to DC. An additional stipend is available for professional development during the program. This program is open to recent college graduates who are U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. who have obtained the proper work visa. The application deadline for the fall 2018 fellowship is January 5th 2018.

Quaker United Nations Office Program Assistants
This is a 13-month position in New York for people who have an interest in international affairs and a commitment to Friends’ principles of peace, non-violence and equality. Program Assistants can expect to monitor world news and developments in a particular area, attend UN meetings, plan events, and conduct research. . A living stipend and medical coverage are provided. This position is open to Quakers, and those in sympathy with Quaker ideals, who have recently completed an undergraduate degree. Application deadlines vary based on program location.

Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium
BAYAC is a national service program of Bay Area Community Resources. Members commit to a year of service at partnering schools and community based organizations, providing youth in the San Francisco Bay Area’s most high-need communities with opportunities for meaningful engagement, skill building, and emotional and social development. Members receive a living stipend and benefits, and are eligible for an education award upon completion of service. This program is open to US citizens and permanent residents. BAYAC application deadlines are on a rolling bases for programs running August to July and January to June.

The MercyWorks program offers college graduates—who are inspired by the Gospel call to faith and justice and desire to make a difference in the lives of hurting children—a unique opportunity to gain professional experience while growing spiritually, personally and professionally. Volunteers make a one-year commitment to work with the children at Mercy Home in Chicago. Participants receive a living stipend, room and board, and benefits, as well as an education award upon completion of the program. Volunteers should be comfortable living and participating in a faith-based Christian community. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis each year, with a priority deadline of March 15th 2018.

Youth Service Opportunities Project Fellows Program
YSOP engages young people in volunteer service to hungry and homeless people in New York City and Washington DC. YSOP Fellows are involved with every aspect of our organization and programs over the course of the one-year commitment. This includes leading middle school, high school, and college students on our day-long, overnight and week-long service-learning programs, identifying and scheduling service placements, and encouraging reflection on the volunteer experience. Fellows receive a living stipend and benefits. Applications for the 2018-19 fellowship positions will be available in spring 2018.

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