Post-Grad Volunteer Opportunities

Serving in a post-graduate volunteer program after Villanova can be a meaningful way to serve in marginalized communities and engage questions of social justice and solidarity . There are over 200 secular and faith-based service organizations to choose from, so we recommend spending time researching and speaking with friends and mentors about your desire for service.

Why have hundreds of Villanova graduates chosen to dedicate a year (or two!) of their lives after graduation to service? Some of the many reasons why students feel a call to service include:

  • Experience during college on a Service and Justice Experience, COV, RUIBAL, MLK Day of Service or St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service
  • Openness to encountering different cultures
  • Desire to live out their faith
  • Desire to live in a community
  • Willingness to place oneself at the margins of society
  • Recognition of benefits (graduate student scholarships, real-life experience in a supportive setting, travel)

Service areas, benefits, housing accommodations, and loan deferment, and a variety of other benefits are different for every program. Curious about this process and what a year of service could look like for you? Would meeting with a former volunteer or missioner help you in the process? Contact Michelle Sherman.

Program Ambassadors on Campus

Several post-grad service programs have representatives or ambassadors join the team during their senior years to assist with research, special projects, and recruiting efforts. We are grateful to have the following ambassadors on campus from the following programs:

 

Sean Murray, Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE)

Contact: smurra21@villanova.edu

 

Sean Murray

Sean has two upcoming events on campus: 

ACE Teaching Fellows Information Session (Friday, 9/29, 2:00 p.m.)

ACE Teaching Fellows forms talented, faith-filled college graduates to renew and transform Catholic schools. Over the course of two summers and two academic years, ACE teachers earn a cost-free Master of Education and eligibility for state licensure. In the summers, ACE teachers spend eight weeks on Notre Dame’s campus taking intensive graduate classes. During the academic year, ACE teachers serve as full-time instructional leaders while enrolled in online coursework designed to improve their practice.

All undergraduate majors are eligible to apply. The information session will take place Friday, September 29, at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Rita Lower Level Community Room. To learn more, contact ACE Ambassador Sean Murray (smurra21@villanova.edu).

 

ACE Teaching Fellows Information Session (Monday, 11/20, 8:00 p.m.)

ACE Teaching Fellows forms talented, faith-filled college graduates to renew and transform Catholic schools. Over the course of two summers and two academic years, ACE teachers earn a cost-free Master of Education and eligibility for state licensure. In the summers, ACE teachers spend eight weeks on Notre Dame’s campus taking intensive graduate classes. During the academic year, ACE teachers serve as full-time instructional leaders while enrolled in online coursework designed to improve their practice.

All undergraduate majors are eligible to apply. The information session will take place Monday, November 20, at 8:00 p.m. in the St. Rita Community Room. To learn more, contact ACE Ambassador Sean Murray (smurra21@villanova.edu).

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(Registration is not mandatory, but it helps us order the correct amount of food.)

Post-Grad Information Sessions

Wednesday, 11/1, 7:30 p.m, St. Rita Community Room

Friday, 11/17, 2-3 p.m., St. Rita Community Room

Thinking about Post-Grad Service after graduation and don’t know where to start? Heard of Post-Grad Service but are unsure if it a good fit for you? Come and learn more about programs, application processes, benefits, and much more! Pizza dinner provided.

 

Meredith and Julia standing in front of Post Grad Service Banner

November 14, 5-7PM
Villanova Room

Stop in at the fair and meet 50+ staff and alumni of post-grad service programs and see if a year of service is right for you. Many Villanova seniors commit to a year or more of service after graduation... be part of the tradition! Serving in a post-graduate volunteer program after Villanova can be a meaningful way to serve in marginalized communities and engage questions of social justice and solidarity, as well as gaining valuable job skills and experience. 

Following the Fair, all are invited to Flip n' Bailey's pub for Theology on Tap, featuring a panel of volunteer alumni. 

If you are a representative of a program who would like to have a table, please click the Programs: Service Fair Registration at the top right of this page.

 

Programs that were represented at the 2016 fair:

Alliance for Catholic Education
Amate House
AmeriCorps NCCC
Amigos de Jesus
Assumption Mission Associates
Augustinian Volunteers
Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
Cap Corps 
Cap Corps Midwest
Catholic Volunteer Network
Catholic Volunteers in Florida
Christ House Year Long Volunteers
Christ the King Service Corps
Christian Appalachian Project
City Year
Colorado Vincentian Volunteers
Covenant House Faith Community
Cristo Rey New York Volunteer Program
Echo, University of Notre Dame
Farm of the Child
Franciscan At-One-Ment Mission Project
Franciscan Volunteers: No Risk, No Gain
FrancisCorps
Good Shepherd Volunteers
Holy Child Volunteers
Holy Family Service Corps
Humility of Mary Volunteer Service
Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest
Lasallian Volunteers
LeaderworX
Maggie's Place
Maryknoll Lay Missioners
Mercy Volunteer Corps 
MercyWorks Volunteer Program
Nazareth Farm
Operation TEACH
Passionist Volunteers International
Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers
PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience)
Redeemer Ministry Corps
Rostro de Cristo
RSHM Volunteers
SAGA Innovations
Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy
Salesian Lay Missioners
Seton Education Partners
St. Joseph Worker Program 
Teaching in the Diocese of Gallup
The Alliance for Catholic Education at Saint Joseph's University
WorldTeach
 
 

 

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(Registration is not mandatory, but it helps us order the correct amount of food.)

Tuesday, December 5, 7-8:15pm, CAREER CENTER in Garey Hall

Interested in learning more about Post-Grad Service and in speaking to former volunteers and missioners? Come hear alumni of volunteer programs speak about their experiences and discuss common questions around a year of service. Start processing your own post-grad discernment in a supportive environment. All classes and majors welcome!

 

Chapel view of the Commissioning 2017

Commissioning 2017 in Corr Chapel

 

Commissioning 2018- Date and Time TBD, Graduation Weekend