WHO ARE YOU CALLED TO BE?
The Center for Social Concerns invites students to consider participating in a year or two of postgraduate service. Serving with a nonprofit agency as a full-time volunteer after graduation can be a great way to explore an interest, pursue a passion, and develop skills and knowledge, all while making a difference in the lives of others in need. Postgraduate Service in NOT a year or two "off"—it requires a professional attitude and hard work. Although you will give more than you thought possible working for Americorps, Peace Corps, or one of the hundreds of faith-based service organizations, you will gain much more than you can imagine. You might even find the person you are meant to be. Are you ready to explore the possibilities?
Notre Dame grads are pulled toward service for a number of reasons, including:
- Desire to make a difference
- Thirst for justice
- Actively live out faith
- Live in community
- Discern interests and goals before going to graduate school or pursuing a career
- Develop knowledge and skills
- Build your resume
WHAT IS SERVICE?
Postgraduate service is basically a full-time job in a nonprofit organization that has more demand for services than funding for staff. Volunteers usually receive a stipend and benefits in exchange for work with individuals and communities in need.
Read these alum profiles for a glimpse of life as a full-time volunteer.
Jade Bowman, '15 Anthropology Major
Service Site: Precious Blood Volunteers, KC Care Clinic, Kansas City
"Over the course of these past three months in Kansas City, I've grown into a better me....Some would be intimidated by the prospect of moving to another city to volunteer without any peers.... I knew, however, that this would give me an opportunity to flex my independence muscles and figure out who I am and what I like, really. ...I’ve had some rough days at work, but the good days more than make up for those where I am tired, stressed or frustrated. Thus far, my most profound experiences at the clinic have been the interactions I have with patients." Read more of Jade's story.
Ryan Majsak, '15 Accounting and Psychology Majors
Service Site: Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Eviction Defense Collaborative, San Francisco
"Unlike the typical corporate jobs that I would have started if I hadn’t joined JVC, through my placement helping low-income tenants fight their evictions, I have the opportunity to make significant positive impact on others’ lives every day. The victories are wonderful and the defeats can be crushing, but the involvement allows me to feel intense emotions and put my whole self into my work. This is both a rewarding and challenging opportunity." Read more about Ryan's experience, including being part of a community and simple living.