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Americorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America)
One-year, full-time community service program sponsored by the federal government that is similar to Peace Corps, but opportunities are in the U.S. The program provides a modest living allowance, health insurance, loan deferment, and an educational award upon completion. Participants work in various nonprofit organizations.
For general information: 1-800-942-2677or via webform https://questions.nationalservice.gov
To search for opportunities go the AmeriCorps Vista web page, indicate your interest area and preferred location and hit "Find Opportunities Now".
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps)
A ten-month, full-time residential service program for men and women age 18 to 24. Members work on public safety, and environmental projects. AmeriCorps NCCC members serve in teams of 8 to 12 and are assigned to projects in a specific region of the U.S. They are trained in CPR, first aid, public safety, and other skills before beginning their first service project. Members are based at one of five regional campuses and travel to complete service projects throughout those regions. AmeriCorps*NCCC promotes leadership and team building skills. For general information: 1-800-942-2677or via webform https://questions.nationalservice.gov
BAYAC (Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium)
A 10-month program working in one of 40 community service organizations that serve youth and families in the San Francisco Bay Area counties. Members provide direct services to youth in the areas of tutoring, safe and structured after school activities, and health education. Members are trained in Youth Development Best Practices and provide direct services to youth within existing school and community based programs. BAYAC also aims to develop emerging leaders and to strengthen communities through the relationships and programs developed by the partner agencies.
A nonprofit literacy organization that recruits and trains community volunteers to provide one-on-one reading tutoring to students in under-resourced schools across the country. This agency hires recent college graduates for the following AmeriCorps funded positions:
Site Coordinators work with students and volunteer tutors in Reading Centers across the country.
Outreach Coordinators work in communities across the country to recruit volunteer tutors to partner schools.
Reading Partners Plus Student Coordinators work with students in after-school engagement programs in the San Francisco Bay Area
Playworks- AmeriCorps Positions
An nonprofit agency that works with public schools to transform recess periods into times that are safe, fun, energetic and where positive leadership and communication skills are built, children are having fun and bullying is curbed. Recent college graduates are recruited for program coordinator, or "coach," positions and have the opportunity to make every child a high-five hero. Playworks serves low-income urban schools in various cities across the U.S.
Super Stars Literacy- AmeriCorps Positions
Super Stars literacy hosts 28 AmeriCorps Members who work full time to deliver an intensive, after-school literacy program. This program is designed to improve educational achievement for high-need Kindergarten through 2nd graders in Oakland, Hayward, Richmond, and Antioch.
City Year Youth Service Corps
For people ages 17 to 24 from diverse economic, racial, and geographical backgrounds. During the ten-month program corps members engage in a variety of activities to meet critical needs in communities. Primarily they focus on the education and development of youth, serving as mentors for children in partnership with public schools and organizing and running after-school programs and curricula on important social issues including domestic violence prevention, AIDS awareness, and diversity. City Year is wholly focused on fighting the national dropout crisis. City Year accepts applications during four cycles each year: Nov. 30, Feb. 15, April 15, and May 31. Programs in San Jose and 24 other cities in the U.S.
Congressional Hunger Center
Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program
Application deadline: January (Check web site for exact date) to begin the following August. A 12-month paid service and learning opportunity in direct service program development public policy related to hunger and poverty issues. Fellows work for 6 months with both urban and rural organizations involved in direct humanitarian efforts, e.g. food banks, local advocacy organizations and comprehensive empowerment programs. Then for 6 months in Washington, D.C. to process and evaluate field experiences and participate in placements with national nonprofits. Includes living allowance for the year and housing provided in the host community during the 6-month field placement.
Public Allies-AmeriCorps Funded
Identifies talented young adults from diverse backgrounds and advances their leadership through a 10-month program of full-time, paid apprenticeships in nonprofit organizations, weekly leadership trainings, and team service projects. Public Allies operates in 21 communities and has more than 1,500 Alumni nationwide.
Silicon Valley Office 408.586.7633, SiliconValley@publicallies.org
Capital Fellows Programs
Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship
Judicial Administration Fellowship
California Senate Fellows
These programs, known collectively as the Capital Fellows Programs, are nationally recognized. Fellows in each program work for 11 months, receive health benefits and a monthly stipend of $1972 and are considered employees of CSUS. They work as full-time members of a legislative, executive, or judicial branch office, and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges. Fellows also enroll as graduate students at CSUS and receive 12 graduate credits from the CSUS Government Department or Public Policy and Administration Program. The enrollment fees are paid by the programs. The selection process for the fellow’s programs starts in the late fall when the application period opens. Anyone with a degree from a four-year college or university is eligible to apply. Fellows are selected in the spring and start their programs in the early fall.
Public Interest Research Group
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Fellowship program for recent grads interested in public interest advocacy and administration with locations nationwide. Offers a mentorship, training, hands-on advocacy and organizing experience. Includes classroom training conducted by national experts on public interest issues and side by side work experience with experienced advocates and organizers. Work may include lobbying, research and report writing, contact with the media, coalition organizing, and running grassroots citizen outreach campaigns.
Campus organizers - Work on a college campus for three to six campaigns in a semester. Campaigns include passing clean energy legislation, increasing youth voter turnout on campus, fighting hunger and homelessness in the local community, and other public interest campaigns. Organizers build active campus chapters that are recognized by faculty and student leaders as assets to the campus community.They also recruit and train volunteers, teach an internship class on activism skills, build relationships with faculty and administrators, hold events with decision-makers, and generate the grassroots support it takes to win campaigns.
Echoing Green public Service Fellowship
Sponsored by a private foundation, offers a 1-2 year, $30,000 stipend to graduating students (or alumni within 10 years of graduation) who are emerging social innovators. Fellowships are awarded to individuals with innovative ideas for creating new models for tackling seemingly unsolvable social challenges.
El Pomar Fellowship in Community Service
A 2-year leadership fellowship program for Colorado residents or people who have a connection with Colorado. (719) 577-7005
The Greenlining Institute The Academy Fellowship Program – Berkeley
The Fellowship Program: A year-long, paid training program for young leaders who have completed their undergraduate or graduate degrees. Each fellow is assigned to a specific program area and develops expertise under the mentorship of the program director. The fellowship program runs from August to August the subsequent year. The application deadline is Jan. 25. Basic Qualifications: Completed undergraduate degree by the program start date.
Summer Associate program - an intensive, 10-week paid training program for young leaders who have completed at least their undergraduate degrees. Associates take on research and advocacy projects under the direction of a Greenlining staff member.Basic Qualifications: Completed undergraduate degree by the program start date. The summer associate program runs from mid June to mid August. Application Deadline Jan. 18.
Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs
Deadline to apply: January 3, 2003 SF office: 415 986-0521. A nine-month, full-time, post-graduate experiential leadership-training program that introduces recent grads to all aspects of the public affairs arena. Locations include: San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, New York and Pittsburgh. Tuition and tuition scholarships vary depending on the location. San Francisco provides a small living stipend. Check web site for current tuition and financial aid options.
Presidential Management Fellows program
Presidential Management Fellows Program
A 2-year competitive, entry-level career development and training program in a federal agency, only for Master's or PhD degree recipients. October 15 deadline.
The New York Senate Fellowships Applications from a wide range of interests and disciplines are welcome and encouraged. Training in the history/politics/government of New York State is not required.
The White House Fellows Program
Seeks outstanding people with substantive public service background and advanced degree, to serve for one year as full-time paid assistants to senior White House staff. Deadline February 1 (202) 395-4522
Caregie Endowment for International Peace
In Washington, D.C., a 12-month paid Junior Fellowship for graduating seniors. Substantive experience in foreign affairs. Must be nominated by your university. Contact Sheila Rodriguez at UCSC Career Center if interested. Deadline in November.
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
Provides 4 - 6 month paid fellowships on arms control research and/or advocacy at one of 20+ organizations in Washington, DC. (202) 546-0795
Citizens Schools Teaching Fellows Program-AmeriCorps Funded
Teaching Fellows support student achievement and community engagement in a variety of ways, throughout a demanding work week of around 55 hours. In the mornings, Fellows work in specialized roles at their schools, ranging from data analysis to volunteer engagement. They teach and engage students in the afternoons, usually running between around 2:30 until around 5:30 p.m. In the evenings, Fellows call families or review material for the following day’s lessons. Once a week, Fellows participate in a full day of professional development.
Teach for America
A national corps of recent BA/BS level graduates who commit two years to teach in under-resourced urban and rural public schools and earn entry-level teacher’s salary. Included a 5-week summer training program. 800-832-1230
A teacher intern program that provides eligible individuals a way to earn a California teaching credential by teaching full time and receive a salary plus benefits and take classes through Fortune School at the same time to earn their credential. Students in Fortune's teacher credentialing programs are assigned a mentor teacher as well as a field supervisor to provide a cohesive system of support.
TNTP (The New Teacher Project)
A highly selective, innovative teaching fellowship program that prepares people to meet district needs in key subjects, such as math, science and Special Education. Neither prior education coursework in education nor past teaching experience are required. BA required. Participants earn a credential while teaching.
A highly selective program that trains accomplished professionals and recent college graduates to become high-impact teachers in schools serving disadvantaged students in communities throughout Arizona.
A competitive teacher intern program that provides opportunities in various parts of the US to assume leadership and to practice creativity, adaptability, and problem solving in school districts. Breakthrough recruits college students from across the U.S, including the top twenty most competitive universities, historically Black Universities, and all the Ivy League Schools. The application process requires prospective teachers to submit essays, a sample teaching video, transcripts, and a recommendation.
A one-year Urban Education fellowship program. Recent college graduates are assigned 6-7 Match students at the beginning of the year, which they work in small group or 1-on-1 tutorials over the course of each day, doing close academic support and building relationships. They receive housing and a modest living stipend. After that, some go into teaching, some to med school and law school, and others get involved in public policy. The program is designed to fully close the Achievement Gap between minority and non-minority students, and between economically disadvantaged students and their more advantaged peers.
Accelerate Institute's Inner City Teaching Corps-Chicago
Inner-City Teaching Corps is an elite group of future leaders working to close the achievement gap. Committing to teach in Chicago’s urban schools for two years, corps members obtain their certification and receive ongoing, personalized coaching and support, living either independently or in a faith-based community
New York City Teacher Fellowship Program
The program recruits and prepares high-quality, dedicated individuals to become teachers who raise student achievement in the New York City classrooms that need them most. Teaching Fellows applicants must also meet certain eligibility requirements set forth by the New York State Education Department and the program's partner universities. Must have an undergraduate degree and a minimum GPA of 3.0 or a demonstrated record of achievement and a compelling GPA statement.
Climate Corps Bay Area-AmeriCorps Program
Fellows will spend 10 months learning about climate protection practices, developing professional skills for this field, and implementing projects that galvanize understanding through real-world experience. Includes a living stipend and assistance with health insurance and loan forbearance.
- Field School for Environmental Organizing
An environmental leadership training program, Green Corps' one-year, full-time, paid Field School for Environmental Organizing includes intensive classroom training, hands-on field experience running urgent environmental campaigns, and career placement in positions with leading environmental groups. The program features classroom, fieldwork, and career placement components.
Student Conservation Association-Paid Internships
Each year, SCA places over 2,000 interns in a diverse array of businesses, public land agencies and nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. With a staggering array of conservation, environmental and sustainability-based internships available
WWOF-Willing Workers on Organic Farms
Connects volunteers with organic farmers both domestically and internationally. WWOOF has independent national level organizations. Volunteers learn organic farming techniques from organic farmers. By working and living with the host family, they also learn about life and culture in another country. In exchange for hospitality, meals and accommodations with host families, volunteers are expected to work at least six hours a day and six days per week.
The Corps Network
A central reference point for youth development programs (corps programs) that provide their participants with job training, academic programming, leadership skills, and additional support through a strategy of service that improves communities and the environment. Select “Jobs at Corps".
American Conservation Experience
Opportunities to work on environmental restoration projects in America's national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands. Programs include: Conservation Corps open to 18 - 25 year olds interested in careers in natural resources and able to commit to a minimum of three months of service on teams in AZ, CA, or UT. Housing, food on project, AmeriCorps education awards and a cost of living allowance are provided. Internship Program: Open to 18-25 year olds and recent university graduates with degrees specific to positions offered. Interns serve individually under guidance of professional land managers, committing to 3-12 month terms. Housing and stipends are provided.
Jewish service corps that combines front-line, anti-poverty work, Jewish learning, and community building into a one-year program for young adults in New York, Chicago, and Washington DC. Corps members work on issues across the board—immigration, education, public health, domestic violence, homelessness, civil rights, and more. Health insurance, modest living stipend. $1,000 exit stipend and most qualify for a $4,725 AmeriCorps Education award.
Christian Appalachian Project (CAP)
An interdenominational, nonprofit 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. Various volunteer programs available. Room & board and for longer-term loan deferment and educational award.
JDC Jewish Service Corps
The JDC Jewish Service Corps (JSC) offers qualified individuals the chance to serve a Jewish community abroad in such areas as Jewish outreach, community development, health, and social welfare. Volunteers are selected to match the particular needs of overseas communities.
Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Provides room/board, stipend, loan deferment, and health insurance for recent graduates to live in community and work in community service for one year. Three-year service opportunities internationally in developing countries. (510) 653-8564
Lutheran Volunteer Corps
A one-year paid service program working with Boston area social change organizations that engage in a wide range of organizing models – interfaith or broad-based organizations, labor unions, neighborhood organizations, community development corporations, issue-based organizations, and others. These organizations address a wide range of social justice issues
Lutheran Volunteer Corps
Open to mature individuals 21 and over who are willing to commit to at least one year of full-time service in urban social justice organizations in ten cities across the United States. Stipend, housing, insurance & education award.
Mercy Volunteer Corps
A year-long service program in the United States in both urban and rural regions. All Mercy volunteers work with those who are economically poor or marginalized in a spirit of solidarity and mutuality, live simply in community, and commit to personal and communal spiritual growth. Stipend, housing, insurance & education award.
International Opportunities for Domestic Students
com/general/international- internships.php- Global Experiences is the world's leading provider of high quality customized international internships abroad. These include exciting internships in ten cities and eight countries.
- http://www.goabroad.com/- Directories include study abroad, internships, volunteer opportunities, teach abroad, degrees abroad and language schools
- http://www.transitionsabroad.com/- Work, study, travel and living abroad articles, advice, and resources for general information and specific locations/ programs
- http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html- International exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools
- www.bigbeyond.org - Opportunity to build skills and experience through international volunteer work placements in some of the world's most beautiful yet fragile places and the chance to connect with local people in need of their dedication.
- CIEE: work, study, and teach abroad for US students, plus seasonal work in the USA for international students
- BUNAC: work, volunteer, and teach abroad programs for current students or recent grads; opportunities for work in Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand
- AIPT: placement assistance for US students in most majors and career fields looking for international experiences and J-1 trainee sponsorship of non-citizens looking for experiential training in the US.
- IAESTE: international exchanges for students in engineering, technology, sciences, agriculture, applied arts, and related fields
- Intern Abroad http://www.internabroad.com/search.cfm Fee based internships in many countries around the world.
- Uniworld – Search for American firms in foreign countries and firms based in other countries with locations in the United States
- InterExchange- InterExchange provides opportunities to work abroad, including teaching English and working as an au pair.