Service year
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Have you considered what you want to do after graduation? Are you wanting an experience that can contribute both to your own professional development and to making a positive difference in the lives of others? Dedicate your first year after graduation to service!

According to the Service Year Alliance, a service year is "a paid opportunity to develop real-world skills through hands-on service. It’s an extraordinary year that transforms your life and your community. It’s not your typical path; it’s an experience for a better you and a greater us."

Consider serving for a year with these organizations:

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+ - Benefits

There are many benefits to participating in a service year, including opportunities to:

  • solve problems
  • improve lives
  • connect to others
  • transform your own life
  • strengthen communities

+ - Alumni Testimonials

"I have the privilege to work in the Oakland community, teaching 24 of our youngest learners in Transitional Kindergarten. My main focus for my students is for them to build the foundation skills to truly love learning, exploring, staying curious, and getting them ready for the rest of their education career. My students are the strangest and most lovable human beings on the planet!"

- Carmina Portea '16, Teach for America

"I served with City Year, D.C. in two math classes. My primary role in my service was bringing my students up to their respective grade level through small group interventions and facilitating social, emotional learning/development. Our students are amazing, tiny humans and I was so lucky to serve every day with them! My service was incredibly multifaceted involving planning, training, facilitation, crafting, and everything in between."

- Julia White '16, City Year AmeriCorps

"I was a Teach for America corps member from 2012-2014 in Philadelphia, PA. I taught secondary English and Art/Art History in middle/high school setting. TFA was very, very challenging - from limited training, to long hours in a new career, and simultaneous graduate school enrollment. However, the emotional and professional fulfillment is great."

- Leslie McShane Lodwick '04, Teach for America

"This experience is truly difficult to put into words, however it has brought me vast perspective on my upbringing and my vision for the future. It is incredible being able to immerse oneself into a new culture and wake up everyday working to improve lives. The growth experience has been mutual."

- Eric Sirvinskas '16, Teach for America

+ - Deadlines

City Year:

Application Deadlines and Notification Timelines

Application Due By Receive Decision By Respond to Offer By
October 27 November 17 December 8
January 26 February 23 March 16
March 9 April 6 April 27
April 13 May 4 May 18
May 11 June 1 June 15
June 1 June 15 June 22 

Teach for America:

Steps First Deadline Second Deadline Third Deadline Fourth Deadline Fifth Deadline
Apply Online Sep. 13, 2017 Oct. 18, 2017 Dec. 1, 2017 Jan. 26, 2018

Mar. 2, 2018

Learn if you're invited to an interview Sept 21 Oct. 26 Dec. 8 Feb. 2 Mar. 9

Complete a
pre-interview activity

Sep. 21-26 Oct. 26-31 Dec. 8 - Jan. 2 Feb. 2-7 Mar. 9-14
Sign up for an interview Sep. 27 Nov. 1 Jan. 3 Feb. 8 Mar. 15
Attend an interview Oct. 3-6 Nov. 10-15 Jan. 16-19 Feb. 20-23 Mar. 27-30
Learn your admissions decision, and preference your regional and subject assignment Oct. 16-20 Nov. 27 - Dec. 1 Jan. 29 - Feb. 2 Mar. 5-9 Apr. 9-13
Learn your regional and subject assignment, and accept or decline the offer Oct. 30 - Nov. 8 Dec. 11-20 Feb. 12-21 Mar. 19-28 Apr. 23 - May 2

Peace Corps: