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Postgraduate Service Opportunities

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Reimagine Your Next Step

Taking part in a postgraduate volunteer program after Villanova can be a meaningful way to serve in marginalized communities and engage questions of social justice and solidarity. With over 200 secular and faith-based service organizations to choose from, we recommend you research and speak with friends and mentors about your desire for service.

Why Choose Postgrad?

Some of the many reasons grads answer the call to serve 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)

Note: Service areas, housing, loan deferment and other benefits differ with each program. 

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Info Session

Friday, Dec. 2 | 12 PM

Learn more about completing a service year in Ecuador! Hear about the application process and service experience, and take part in a Q&A. Contact Ana for the Zoom link.

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Crafting Your Motivation Statement

Monday, Dec. 5 | 3–4 PM

Learn how to make your application stand out as well as how to search the current openings and find the right Peace Corps program for you. Register here.

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Virtual Info Session

Tuesday,  Dec. 6 | 4–4:45 PM

Join PACT for an interactive online info session to learn more about their tuition-free master's, teaching in Catholic schools, community life and shared spirituality. Register for the event.

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AmeriCorps NCCC: A–Z

Thursday, Dec. 8 | 4 PM
Tuesday, Feb. 7 | 4 PM
Thursday, April 6 | 4 PM


This webinar gives prospective volunteers an overview of options, benefits and application requirements. Register here.

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Come and See Weekends

Jan.  13–15 | March 10–12

SPIRITUS volunteers lead youth in life-changing encounters with Jesus through retreat ministry, prayer and parish youth ministry. Get a glimpse into what a year of service with them would look like by registering to attend a Come & See Weekend!

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Center for Faith and Justice is recruiting for its LeaderworX summer internship program. Interns run CFJ's summer service immersion trips for middle and high school students. We are looking for young people who like working with youth and leading groups, and who are passionate about service, social justice and Catholic social teaching.  

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The Shalom Project, in Lancaster, Pa., is an intentional community of young adults who effect social change through service. Volunteers serve in full-time professional internships and participate in weekly seminars aimed at personal growth and Christian faith formation. 

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St. Joseph Worker Program, based in Los Angeles, is a one-year volunteer experience for women passionate about social change and personal transformation. St. Joseph Workers delve into the core values of justice, leadership, spirituality and living simply in an intentional community.

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Glenmary Home Missioners offers short- and long-term service experiences to act as Mountain Managers in Grainger County, Tenn. Volunteers supervise and lead service immersion groups, visit nursing homes, and work with renovation and rehab projects.

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Project Horseshoe Farm is accepting applications for its Community Health Fellowship. Fellows volunteer in schools, community centers and nursing homes, as well as support seniors and adults with mental illness. Due date: Feb. 12.

Key

Use this partial list of categories to help you identify organizations that meet your needs. The designations for each site are general and not exhaustive. We encourage you to visit all sites to learn more.

1 = Alumni have served here
2 = Faith based
3 = Capacity building/community work
4 = International
5 = Youth
6 = Immigrant and refugee services
7 = Health care/outreach
8 = Poverty alleviation
9 = Social justice/advocacy
10 = Direct/social services
11 = Education
12 = Accompaniment
13 = Urban
14 = Campus/parish ministry
15 = Professional development
16 = Volunteer/facility supervision

Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) 1, 2, 5, 11 

Amate House 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 13

AmeriCorps NCCC 3, 10, 15

AmeriCorps VISTA 1, 3, 8, 10

Amigos de Jesus 1, 2, 4, 5, 11, 12

Assumption Mission Associates (AMA) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 14

Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry 1, 2, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13

Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps (Cap Corps) 1, 3, 6, 7, 10, 5, 11, 13

Catholic Volunteers in Florida 1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 11

Center for Faith and Justice LeaderworX 2, 5, 9

Christian Appalachian Project 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11

City Year AmeriCorps  1, 4, 11, 13

Colorado Vincentian Volunteers 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14

DeSales Service Works 1, 2, 5, 7, 10, 11, 13

FrancisCorps 1, 2, 5, 10, 11, 15

Franciscan Volunteer Ministry 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14

Glenmary Home Missioners 2, 16

Good Shepherd Volunteers 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11

Jesuit Volunteer Corps 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13

Jesuit Volunteer Corps / Northwest 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11 

Mercy Volunteer Corps 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11

Operation TEACH 1, 2, 5, 11, 13

Project Horseshoe Farm 3, 7, 10, 11

Providence Alliance for Catholic Education (PACT) 1, 2, 5, 11

Redeemer Ministry Corps 1, 2, 7

Rostro de Cristo 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11

Salesian Lay Missioners 1, 2, 4, 5, 11

Shalom Project 1, 3, 15

Simple House 1, 2, 10, 12, 13

Spiritus 2, 5, 14

St. Joseph Worker Program 2, 9, 10

Leading by Example

Meet some of the recent grads who have committed to a year or more of service.

Student Katie Canning

Katie Canning 
Teach for America
Indianapolis

Student Bridget LaSalan

Bridget LaSala 
Amigos de Jesus
Honduras

Student Dylan Sawyer

Dylan Sawyer 
JVC Northwest
Ashland, MT

Emily Curtis
ACT
Chicago

Megan Jackson
JVC
Nashville

Student Lucy Cobble

Lucy Cobble
JVC
Twin Cities, MN

Student Billy Lay

Billy Lay
JVC
Minneapolis

Student Pat Slattery

Pat Slattery 
ACT
Dallas

Caterina Deuser
JVC
Los Angeles

Erica Mallon
AmeriCorps
Wilmington, DE

Student Casey Driscoll

Casey Driscoll 
JVC
Baltimore

Student Jourdyn Nicholson

Jourdyn Nicholson 
JVC Northwest
Juneau

Student Sydney Stewart

Sydney Stewart 
REIBA 
Guyana

Sarah Devoe
PACT
Bristol, RI

Questions? 

Contact Kate Giancatarino.