Have You Considered National Service After Graduation?

by holly logan, outreach specialist, temple university career center

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Have you considered a year (or two) of national or international service after you graduate from Temple University?

There are many organizations that offer unique opportunities to gain professional development and experience while also offering the flexibility of a short-term experience.

Ten months with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) involves direct service, where you get to work with a team of 18-24 year olds on 4-6 projects throughout a designated region in the country. And there’s FEMA Corps for AmeriCorps NCCC teams who are selected to primarily respond to natural and man-made disasters.

AmeriCorps VISTA, Teach for America, Peace Corps, Quaker Voluntary Service – the list goes on. With some of these, you’re serving as an individual Corps member with a non-profit, school, or faith-based organization. Some have direct service opportunities to do the “on-the-ground” work that the organization leads, whether related to education, public health, homelessness, environment, and more; others have capacity building work which allows you to be more “behind-the-scenes”, developing programs, connecting with resources, etc.

For some service-minded individuals, there’s also the option of applying to a fellowship program, which usually have 1-2-year roles with non-profits or government entities, domestic and overseas. There’s more info about those options on the Office of Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising website: http://www.temple.edu/vpus/fellowships/undergrad-opportunities/social-political.htm.

As with any phase in your professional life, there are some financial factors to consider for these options. Most programs offer a stipend and education award to re-pay student loans or put towards further higher education. Some also offer food, healthcare and housing as part of the benefits package. You have to do your research and decide what works best for your lifestyle!

If you ever want to talk about any of the national service opportunities, feel free to email me at holly@temple.edu and we can set up some time to talk.

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