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Postgraduate Service Opportunities

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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.

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Blessing of Postgrad Volunteers

Sunday, May 1, 2022 | 7 PM Mass

All seniors who have accepted or plan to accept a postgrad volunteer position are invited to take part in a special blessing at this Sunday evening Mass. If you plan to attend, email Kate.

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. 

Peace Corps

Peace Corps Response Virtual Coffee Chat

Wednesday, April 27 | 1–2 PM

Peace Corps Response offers shorter term, 3- to 12-month service opportunities. Learn more about the program and ask questions. Register for coffee chat.

Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco

Mornese Experience

Friday, June 10–Monday, June 13

A weekend together with other women ages 18-30 in the Salesian Sisters’ retreat house in NJ to take time away from busy lives and rest more deeply with God. Offers outdoor activities and time for discernment. Learn more and register.

AmeriCorps Summer Associates

Current college students are welcome; serve full time for nine weeks, beginning May 23.

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Assumption Mission Associates

Assumption Mission Associates serve in Chaparral, NM, primarily in middle schools helping students learn English. Volunteers must have a basic understanding of Spanish. Volunteers for the upcoming cycle (Fall 2022–Summer 2023) are needed!

Learn more about ways to serve with AMA and apply. Final deadline: June 2022.

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Augustinian Volunteers

AV is looking for applicants interested in nursing for their San Diego, CA community. Volunteers serve as RNs in the St. Vincent de Paul Village Family Health Center providing direct care to patients, assisting providers and dispensing medicine.

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The Jewish Service Corps offers an opportunity to spend a service year working full-time at a leading non-profit organization while living and learning at the crossroads of activism and Jewish life. Choose from four US cities.

Covenant School of Bridgeport

This teaching fellows program is looking to hire resident interns in full time teaching and coaching positions and will provide teacher training and support. The fellowship program is funded through AmeriCorps.

Cristo Rey NY High School Fellowship

This full-time, residential fellowship offers a chance to live in community and serve the community through teaching, assistant teaching, fundraising, moderating extra-curricular activities, coaching, and training and chaperoning students in support of the school’s work study program.

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Red Cloud Volunteer Program

The mission of Red Cloud School, a Catholic institution administered by the Jesuits and the Lakota people, is to develop and grow as a vibrant Church, through an education of the mind and spirit that promotes Lakota and Catholic values. It comprises two K-8 schools, a high school, a heritage center and six local churches spread throughout the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

The Red Cloud Volunteer Program has 20 volunteers who serve for 1–3 years as teachers, bus drivers, coaches and more. Volunteers live in intentional communities and center their lives and service around the pillars of justice, community, spirituality and simplicity, supporting the Lakota Catholic mission of Red Cloud School, in Pine Ridge, SD.

Partners for Campus Community Engagement 

Serve full time for one year, beginning on July 18, in a VISTA project. PCCE is part of the AmeriCorps network.

Xavier High School

This opportunity allows you to teach internationally in a Jesuit setting. Teach, coach, become part of the life of the school and explore Micronesia. For more info, email Martin Carl, the principal.

Leading by Example

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

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Molly Bonini '20
Alliance for Catholic Education
St. Paul, MN

Student photo of Madelyn Dyer

Madelyn Dyer '20
Alliance for Catholic Education
Pensacola, FL

Student photo of Ryan Harkin

Ryan Harkin '20
Alliance for Catholic Education
Los Angeles, CA

Student photo of Michelle Mendez-Castro

Michelle Mendez-Castro '21
Teach for America
Greater Boston Area

Student photo of Kaylan Purisima

Kaylan Purisima '21
Teach for America
Charlotte, NC

Student photo of Jessica Sardina

Jessica Sardina '21

Student photo of Catherine Viola

Catherine Viola '17
Alliance for Catholic Education
Chicago, IL

Student photo of Ryan Crenny

Ryan Crenny '21
Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Detroit, MI

Student photo of Spencer Gold

Spencer Gold '21
VESL - Windaid
Trujillo, Peru

Student photo of Grace May

Grace May '21
City Year
Chicago, IL

Student photo of Cassie O'Hara

Cassie O'Hara '20
Teach for America
Oakland, CA

Student photo of Ally Porizio

Allison Porzio '21
Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Twin Cities, MN

Student photo of Megan Sicord

Megan Sicord '21
Augustinian Volunteers
San Diego, CA

Student photo of Giulianna Vullo

Giulianna Vullo '21
Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Cleveland, OH

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Christina Dietzler '20
The Echo Graduate Service Program
Layfayette, IN

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John Greene '21
Augustinian Associate
Tulsa, OK

Student photo of Karen McGuire

Karen McGuire '21
City Year
Columbus, OH

Student photo of Kayleigh Purcell

Kayleigh Purcell '21
Alliance for Catholic Education
Twin Cities, MN

Student photo of Hannnah Rao

Hannah Rao '20
The Echo Graduate Service Program
Indianapolis, IN

Student photo of Madalyn Sullivan

Madalyn Sullivan '21
Red Cloud Indian School
Pine Ridge, SD


Contact Kate Giancatarino.