Human Services Programs
Sponsored by the U.S. government, AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) offers 1-2 full-time community service programs providing a subsistence allowance, health insurance, loan deferment, and an educational voucher. Participants work in nonprofit or government organizations. Applications accepted based on availability of positions.
The AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a ten-month, full-time residential services program for ages 18-24. Members address education, public safety, and other issues; however, their first priority is improving the environment. The fall deadline is April 1; the deadline for winter is July 1.
City Year Youth Service Corps
The City Year Youth Service Corps is for people ages 17 to 24 from diverse economic, racial, and geographical backgrounds. A year of full-time service to communities, engaging in a variety of activities to meet critical needs in their communities (primarily focused on education and the development of youth). Four application cycles: Early Application, by November 30; Winter Application by February 15; Spring Application, by April 15; Summer Application by May 31.
Congressional Hunger Center
The Congressional Hunger Center offers a 12-month paid service and learning opportunity developing public policy related to hunger and poverty issues. Fellows work 6 months with urban and rural organizations, and 6 months in Washington, D.C. Applications due in January each year.
Volunteers for the Peace Corps receive a living allowance, housing, full medical, and deferment of student loans while living in another country for 2 years, working at the grass-roots level to solve some of the challenges (education, health, etc.) facing the developing world. Applications accepted throughout the year.
Public Allies identifies talented young adults from diverse backgrounds and advances their leadership through a 10-month program of fulltime, paid, apprenticeships in nonprofit organizations, weekly leadership trainings, and team service projects. Deadlines vary for different sites, but most deadlines fall between January and March.
Public Interest Research Group
The Public Interest Research Group offers two-year fellowships for recent grads interested in public interest advocacy and administration. Designed to develop leaders for the public interest movement and offering a unique combination of mentorship, training, and hands-on advocacy experiences. Applications are accepted year-round.
Volunteers for Peace
Volunteers For Peace has international work camps, offering over 3400 different 2-3 week service opportunities (construction, park maintenance, organic farming, etc.) in 100 countries throughout Western & Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and North, Central, & South America. Applicants can apply year-round.
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom works to achieve, through peaceful means, world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, and an end to all forms of violence. WILPF offers a paid 12-month internship with the UN in Geneva and in New York. Winter application deadline is November 15. Summer application deadlines fall between January and March.