Post-Graduate Service Opportunities
If you are interested in a term of service after graduation, there are many host organizations. CCES can help in narrowing down which service experience may be right for you. While their websites are great resources, you can find brochures for the service organizations in the CCES House (corner of 122nd and Park Ave) and speak with staff about questions you may have.
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps programs move communities forward and serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce. AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship.
Border Servant Corps serves along the U.S./Mexico border in organizations that strive to do justice, love, kindness and walk humbly in the region. Full-time volunteers live in an intentional community, learning about living simply, working for social justice and exploring spirituality. Volunteers work with issues such as poverty, immigration, domestic violence, education and health care with opportunities for work in churches, shelters, legal centers, after-school programs, clinics, and other social service agencies within the unique context of the border region.
Global Health Corps provides a yearlong paid fellowship for young professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on the frontlines of the fight for global health equity at existing health organization and government agencies. Fellows are currently working in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia and the United States.
Fellows work in teams of two – one international fellow, one in-country fellow to support our placement organizations in improving healthcare access and health outcomes for the poor. Fellows work on a wide range of global health issues including: maternal health, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, food security, health policy, advocacy, health communications, architecture, supply chain management.
Applications open on November 4. All fellows receive a living stipend, housing and medical insurance, which is comparable with a local entry-level salary in the location you work. GHC covers all travel to and from the placement site, as well as a USD $1500 completion award at the end of the fellowship year.
Jesuit Volunteer Corps supports organizations that provide direct service to people who are poor and marginalized by placing volunteers at schools, non-profits, and other sites around the world.
These idealistic, inquisitive, mission-minded JVs bring energy and hope to the individuals and organizations they serve and gain valuable life skills, insights, and connections. During their service, they immerse in and reflect on four Catholic, Ignatian values: spiritual growth, simple living, community with other JVs and those they serve, and the pursuit of social justice.
The Krista Foundation provides mentoring support and Service and Leadership Development Grants for young adults in their twenties who are engaged in sustained period of voluntary or vocational service as an expression of their Christian faith and values. Through a ecumenical and intergenerational community the Foundation seeks to encourage a new generation of leaders to develop a lifelong ethic of service, civic engagement and global understanding.
Lutheran World Relief works to improve the lives of millions of smallholder farmers and people experiencing poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America, both in times of emergency and for the long term. LWR builds and maximizes community assets to develop strong local economies and resilient communities, toward an ultimate vision of an end to poverty, injustice and human suffering.
Lutheran Volunteer Corps is a faith-based, full-time service and leadership program operating in 13 cities across the United States. Our mission is to unite people to work for peace with justice. We do this by placing Volunteers in full-time positions at social justice organizations for one year.
LVC volunteers come from a wide variety of faith backgrounds, and do not need to be Lutheran. Married and committed partners are welcome to apply. While there is no upper age limit, volunteers need to be at least 21 to participate. The program begins in mid-August of each year. The application deadlines are January 15 and April 1. All our volunteers live together in community and practice simple and sustainable living. LVC Volunteers receive a stipend which covers housing, food, transportation, health insurance, and personal expenses.
MCC, a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, shares God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. In every country where MCC works, the organization partners with local churches and organizations with similar values in three areas: relief, development and peace.
The organization has 5 Global Service Learning opportunities/programs. The International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) is a yearlong work and cultural exchange opportunity for young, Christian adults. Seed is a two year program that brings together young adults from around the world to reflect and serve for peace. Serving and Learning Together (SALT) is a year-long, cross-cultural service experience. Sumer Service is a short-term program that supports young people of color in their development of leadership skills thought working with their local churches or communities. And Young Anabaptist Mennonite Exchange Network (YAMEN) is a year-long service opportunity for young, Christian adults from outside the U.S. and Canada.
Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH) which is Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters” works to provide a loving home to orphaned, abandoned and at-risk children. Children are not up for adoption, but live in a family environment where they receive love, education, health care and life skills. Volunteers serve alongside the local staff, and live on site in community with other volunteers.
This organization works in Latin America and volunteer commitment is one year. Volunteers are provided a free room and a monthly stipend. Volunteers should be proficient in the local language and/or make a commitment to attend a language school before volunteering.
Peace Corps aims to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. This agency of the federal government is devoted to world peace and friendship.
Peace Corps volunteers work in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.
Urban Leaders in Training is a service leadership program through the Northwest Leadership Foundation geared for individuals who want to serve others and make an impact while growing and developing as a leader. Each member is placed at a non-profit, church or government organization within Tacoma to work directly alongside vulnerable populations and those who have been marginalized throughout the City.
ULT work in conjunction with AmeriCorps allowing members to receive a monthly living stipend, health care and an educational award (of $5,500) at the end of the 10.5 months commitment.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Young Adults in Global Mission program invites ELCA young adults ages 21-29 into a transformative, year-long journey in international service.
Young adults serve in the spirit of accompaniment, walking alongside global companions in a manner that practices mutuality, interdependence and solidarity. Areas of service include, but are not limited to, health and development, congregational ministry, human rights, education, homelessness, addiction recovery, women’s issues and children and youth. Current YAGM country programs include: Argentina/Uruguay, Cambodia, Hungary, Jerusalem/West Bank, Madagascar, Mexico, Rwanda, Southern Africa and United Kingdom.
Application deadline is February 15 for service beginning in that same year. Applicants should have at least one year of post-high school experience, with many program locations requiring a college degree. Applicants should be committed to serving in culturally and religiously diverse content. YAGM volunteers live with host families or other volunteers.
Other Scholarships, Fellowships and Volunteer Opportunities
Visit the Office of the Provost website to learn more about national and international grants for undergraduates and recent alumni to support and further education.
Visit the Wang Center for Global Education post-grad opportunities page to learn more about national and international opportunities to teach and volunteer.