Service Corps

Serve through Americorps, The Peace Corps, TFA, and Others

Build a solid foundation for the rest of your life right after graduation.  Through the consortium of DC universities, you can compete for a scholarship to GW by joining the Air Force, Army or Naval ROTC units at GW and local universities.  Or consider applying for a year or two year-long service corps position.  Many organizations reward your service with scholarships for graduate school.  

Below is a list of contacts for each ROTC unit, as well as links to a host of service corps opportunities.  Please contact gwserves@gwu.edu with any questions about these opportunities or for help applying.    

Service Corps Opportunities 

Americorps Programs
As an AmeriCorps Member, you will receive a wealth of benefits. Perhaps the biggest benefit you will experience when you join AmeriCorps is the satisfaction of incorporating service into your life and making a difference in your community and your country. Whether you are tutoring kids, building homes, clearing trails or helping to start a local health clinic you will see the direct results of your work. But there is more. As an AmeriCorps member, you'll be eligible for a variety of benefits that make the dedication of a year of your life worthwhile.

City Year
As tutors, mentors and role models, these diverse young leaders help children stay in school and on track, and transform schools and communities across the United States, as well as through international affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England. Just as important, during their year of service corps members develop civic leadership skills they can use throughout a lifetime of community service.

DC Teaching Fellows
Applying your professional background to the new challenge of teaching in the District is an incredibly rewarding experience. As with any urban school district, the road to academic success can be a difficult one, but we believe Fellows accepted into our program have the record of achievement, commitment and skills necessary to be successful in DCPS.

The Peace Corps
Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development and committing more than 1,000 new Volunteers as a part of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children and their communities

Teach for America
Teach For America is providing a critical talent pipeline for schools in our nation's most under-resourced communities by recruiting top recent college graduates from all backgrounds and experiences with demonstrated leadership skills.  2 year commitment.

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Amate House 
Young adult participants (ages 21-29) live together in an intentional community, receive ongoing support, educational opportunities, participate in faith formation activities, and perform full-time volunteer services in inner-city areas throughout Chicago. 

Atlas Corps
A multinational, two-way, year-long volunteer program that sends US volunteers overseas and also brings nonprofit leaders from around the world to volunteer in the United States. Volunteers tend to be between the ages of 23 and 33, have a college degree, and either professional or volunteer experience in the nonprofit sector. Atlas Corps starts classes twice a year and accepts applications year-round.

AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
A year-long, full-time program that combines Jewish learning with social activism and community building in low-income neighborhoods in Chicago, New Orleans, New York City, and Washington, DC.

Camphill Soltane
A residential community made up of 85 people, including 40 young adults with special needs (called companions), 35 long-term volunteers (called coworkers), and ten coworker children. Coworkers come from all over the world, and range in age from 20 to 76. Coworkers stay at Soltane for a minimum of one year and serve in a variety of capacities.

China Education Initiative 
China Education Initiative (CEI) is an innovative non-profit working to address educational inequality in China by enlisting the most promising future leaders in the effort.  CEI recruits, trains, and supports top graduates from China and the United States to work side-by-side as full-time teachers in China’s most under-resourced schools. 

Christian Appalachian Project (CAP)
An interdenominational, nonprofit Christian organization committed to serving people in need in Appalachia by providing physical, spiritual, and emotional support through a wide variety of programs and services. Various volunteer positions available.

CoaHCORPS
Based in Massachusetts, City on a Hill Corps (CoaHCORPS) is a paid year of service program for college graduates interested in teaching and helping inner-city students thrive in their education.

Echoing Green 
Through our two-year Echoing Green Fellowship program, we provide start-up capital and technical assistance to help new leaders launch their organizations and build capacity.

Fund For The Public Interest 
Fund For The Public Interest is a national nonprofit organization working to increase the visibility, membership and political power of the nation’s leading environmental and progressive groups.

Global Service Corps 
Global Service Corps’ mission is to design and implement volunteer vacation and service-learning community development programs that benefit the volunteers and positively impact the communities they serve.

Green Corps 
The one-year Green Corps program intersperses intensive classroom instruction with multiple campaign efforts. Trainees gain hands-on experience running field campaigns to win environmental protections and public health initiatives before placement in permanent positions with leading environmental and social change groups. 

Inner-City Teaching Corps of Chicago
A volunteer service program that places outstanding recent college graduates as teachers in inner-city Chicago classrooms. The ICTC also offers other opportunities for service-based professional development.

JDC Jewish Service Corps
The JDC Jewish Service Corps (JSC) offers qualified individuals the chance to serve a Jewish community abroad in such areas as Jewish outreach, community development, health, and social welfare. Volunteers are selected to match the particular needs of overseas communities.

Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Offers one-year commitments in the United States or two-year commitments internationally at hundreds of grassroots organizations that provide essential services to low-income people.

Jewish Organizing Initiative
A one-year service program working with Boston area community and labor organizations. The year includes a commitment to regular sessions in community building among the ten or more "fellows" of the JOI, mostly young adults in their twenties. 

Lutheran Service Corps
An urban ministry that matches full-time volunteers with programs that serve people in need in the Omaha, NE area.

Lutheran Volunteer Corps
Open to mature individuals 21 and over who are willing to commit to at least one year of full-time service in urban social justice organizations in ten cities across the United States.

MATCH Corps
An ambitious, intensive, one-on-one tutoring program designed to fully close the Achievement Gap between minority and non-minority students, and between economically disadvantaged students and their more advantaged peers. Each MATCH Corps member is assigned four urban high school students with whom they build an in-depth relationship throughout the year, as they work together towards clear goals in academic classes and on key exams like the MCAS, SAT, and AP.

Mercy Volunteer Corps
A year-long service program in the United States in both urban and rural regions. All Mercy volunteers work with those who are economically poor or marginalized in a spirit of solidarity and mutuality, live simply in community, and commit to personal and communal spiritual growth.  

Milwaukee Community Service Corps
Engages 18 to 23 year old residents of the Milwaukee, WI area in community service continuing education.

National Association of Service and Conservation Corps
Serves as an advocate and central reference point, and provider of training and technical assistance, for youth service and conservation corps programs across the country.

National Health Service Corps
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC), through scholarship and loan repayment programs, helps Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in the U.S. get the medical, dental and mental health providers they need to meet their tremendous need for health care.

New Sector Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE)
New Sector's staff works with Boston-area nonprofit organizations to structure substantive, meaningful strategic planning projects and equips talented young leaders to complete them. Our residency offers recent college graduates the opportunity to have significant social impact while developing their own professional and leadership skills.

Northwest Youth Corps
An Oregon-based nonprofit job training, alternative/outdoor education, employment, and youth development organization that has served nearly 7,700 young people since it was established in 1984.

Philly Fellows
A one-year post-graduate fellowship program that connects graduates of area colleges with meaningful positions in partnering nonprofits, where they can build capacity, develop new professional skills, and make a difference in the city of Philadelphia.

Public Allies
A program for young adults, aged 18 to 30, who commit to ten months of intensive leadership training and a professional apprenticeship. Allies receive a living allowance, health and child care benefits, and an educational award.

Rise
Rise supports people who have disabilities and other barriers to employment in attaining their personal measure of safe and affordable housing, vocational achievement, self-sufficiency, and belonging in their communities. 

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
A job training and advocacy program that provides 16 to 19 year-olds in northwest Colorado the opportunity to gain self-awareness and insight, outdoor skills, job ethics, financial management skills, and community and independent living skills.

San Francisco Conservation Corps
A job and academic training organization serving young people ages 11 to 26, corps members develop their job skills, leadership abilities, and environmental awareness by completing outreach, conservation, and community service projects throughout the city.

Student Conservation Association
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s conservation corps. Our members protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces in all 50 states.

WorldTeach
WorldTeach partners with governments and other organizations in developing countries to provide volunteer teachers to meet local needs and promote responsible global citizenship.

Your Peace Corps Stories

Read some of the Peace Corps stories we've collected from the many members of our community who have volunteered!

ReNew Orleans

Ryan Fitzpatrick, BA History '08, was a Alternative Break Trip Leader to New Orleans.  So impacted by his volunteer experiences, he joined Americorps and served 1700 hours with Habitat for Humanity in Musician's Village.  He is back in DC working in politics,  and considering applying his tuition benefits toward law school.  Learn more about paid Service-Corps opportunities.