Service corps offer unique opportunities to participate in intensive public service across a wide range of fields and causes. Usually in the form of year-long fellowships with nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies, service terms not only provide challenging and impactful work, but skill development and training applicable to any future career path.
- AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at 21,600 unique sites including nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.
- AmeriCorps State and National: AmeriCorps members serving through AmeriCorps State and National funded programs serve with local and national organizations to address critical community needs related to disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and in support of veterans and military families. Programs range from full-time to part-time service and are found nationwide.
- AmeriCorps VISTA: AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.
- AmeriCorps NCCC: AmeriCorps NCCC members travel the country strengthening communities and developing leadership skills on diverse teams. Members serve full-time for 10 months to address community needs and respond to disasters. AmeriCorps NCCC is comprised of two distinct service tracks: Traditional Corps and FEMA Corps.
- Teach for America: Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunities for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America enlists, develops, and mobilizes remarkable and diverse individuals who make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, 8,600 corps members are teaching in 52 urban and rural regions across the country.
- Match Corps: Match Corps, an AmeriCorps program, is a one-year urban education fellowship. Recent college graduates from top universities across the country commit a year to closing the achievement gap in Boston, one student at a time. Match Corps Members tutor small groups of students in grades 1-12 and partner closely with families. Tutors are integral members of high-performing school teams in some of the best schools in America and discover what it takes to change the lives of kids. Additionally, Match offers the Match Teacher Residency, a two-year program that combines teaching work – first tutoring through Match Corps and then full-time responsibilities – and graduate study.
- City Year: City Year works 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. To work with the students directly, we rely on the energy and dedication of our AmeriCorps members: a diverse group of educated, young adults who serve full-time for 11 months in City Year’s partner schools to provide extra support for students, teachers, and the school.
- Citizen Schools: Citizen Schools partners with low-income communities that need additional support and resources, fostering academic achievement in core subjects like English Language Arts and Mathematics while building important 21st Century and Social Emotional skills through real-world learning experiences. Citizen Schools-AmeriCorps National Teaching fellows commit to a two-year placement at a partner middle school focused on affecting change in the school community. Fellows work in campus teams with experienced educators and colleagues to build connections between students, families, schools, volunteers and community resources to ensure all students have the skills, access and beliefs to succeed in college and beyond.
- Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to address the most pressing needs of people around the world. Volunteers work with community members at the grassroots level to develop sustainable solutions to challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their service, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 220,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide.
- Global Health Corps: See “Health and Environment.”
Health and Environment
- Global Health Corps: Global Health Corps’ mission is to mobilize a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity. GHC recruits and selects highly qualified applicants with diverse skill sets to work with high-impact organizations in year-long paid positions. During their fellowship year, fellows make a significant and measurable contribution to a placement organization and its target population. GHC placement organizations in East Africa, Southern Africa, and the United States range from local grassroots organizations to government agencies to global institutions that aim to strengthen health systems and improve health outcomes in impoverished communities.
- 21st Century Conservation Service Corps: The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps is a private-public partnership that engages more than 25,000 returning veterans and young Americans each year to strengthen America’s infrastructure, boost local economies, and multiply returns on our country’s most valuable assets – it’s unmatched landscapes and people.
- Washington AIDS Partnership Health Corps Program: Each year, the Washington AIDS Partnership recruits, trains, and mentors a team of 12 young people who serve at Washington, D.C. health care and community-based service providers. The 2015-2016 team tested and counseled 2,545 people for HIV, provided health education to 1,419 individuals, and helped 1,770 clients access care, hospice, and other supportive services. To date, the Partnership has mentored over 200 young people, now leaders in the health, legal, and education fields.
- American Conservation Experience: ACE’s conservation corps program is for American participants, aged 18-25 who are considering land management as a career path or potential course of study. Corps members serve in professionally supervised teams as they explore future outdoor careers, learn practical field skills, and develop confidence as emerging leaders in the field of conservation.
- Student Conservation Association: Student Conservation Association’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. Since 1957, more than 75,000 young people have joined the ranks of SCA and have provided more than 28 million hours of hands-on service yielding immediate and lasting effects on our environment. Program positions last from eight weeks to 12 months, and summer internships organized with partner agencies generally last three months.
- Green Corps: The mission of Green Corps is to train organizers, provide field support for today’s critical environmental campaigns, and graduate activists who possess the skills, temperament and commitment to fight and win tomorrow’s environmental battles. Over the course of a year, Green Corps organizers lead three to five different campaigns in communities across the country. Green Corps has trained and graduated more than 350 organizers who are putting their skills to work with Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Environment America, Food & Water Watch, Rainforest Action Network and other groups on issues ranging from saving our national parks to protecting the Arctic, from solving global warming to reforming our food system.
- FoodCorps: FoodCorps connects kids to healthy food in school, so they can lead healthier lives and reach their full potential. FoodCorps’ leaders deliver the program in high-need schools with a focus on providing hands-on lessons, promoting healthy school meals, and encouraging a schoolwide culture of health. Serving as an AmeriCorps member with FoodCorps is a full-time, eleven month commitment.
- Episcopal Service Corps: The mission of Episcopal Service Corps is to develop and support a national network of intentional communities in the Episcopal Church. ESC communities are marked by young adults serving others in solidarity, promoting justice in community, deepening spiritual awareness and vocational discernment, and living simply in intentional Christian community. Program areas include the arts, education, environment, food justice, health, homelessness, immigrant and refugee services, and racial reconciliation, among others.
- Quaker Voluntary Service Corps: 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.
- Jesuit Volunteer Corps: For more than 50 years, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps has engaged brave young believers in vital service within poor communities, fostering the growth of leaders committed to faith in action. One strength of the JVC program is the breadth and depth of the type of work Jesuit Volunteers (JVs) engage in. There are over 25 ministries, or types of work, represented among current JV placements. JVs today are placed in over 250 different agencies within 37 cities throughout the US, and six countries.
- Avodah – Jewish Service Corps: Avodah’s Jewish Service Corps recruits young adults ages 21-26 from across the United States to spend a year working at leading nonprofits in Chicago, New Orleans, New York, and Washington, DC. Corps Members live together and learn together in a supportive, pluralistic community at the crossroads of social activism and Jewish life. Adovah endeavors to build a new generation of Jewish leaders to work on our country’s most pressing social and economic issues.
- Entwine – Jewish Service Corps: The Global Jewish Service Corps (JSC) is a year-long, paid opportunity for Jewish young professionals to volunteer overseas with JDC, the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian organization. Responding to international Jewish and humanitarian needs, JSC fellows facilitate and create innovative programs using their unique skills and talents.
- Lutheran Volunteer Corps: The Lutheran Volunteer Corps is a community of faith uniting people to work for peace with justice.LVC places Volunteers in nonprofits across the United States in Baltimore, Berkeley, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Oakland, Omaha, San Francisco, St. Paul, Seattle, Tacoma, Washington, D.C., and Wilmington. Serving alongside those in their placements, LVC Volunteers actively respond to the gifts and needs of their community members. Partnering with their placements, LVC Volunteers provide direct service, community organizing, indirect service, advocacy and public policy.
- Catholic Network of Volunteer Service (CNVS): More than 10,000 volunteers serve in these programs throughout the U.S. and 108 other countries. There are many opportunities available for people outside the Catholic faith. The CNVS RESPONSE Directory allows you to search all volunteer opportunities offered by their 200 member programs. Opportunities can be as little as a few weeks long or up to two years.