We at the Center for Social Concerns invite you to explore the possibilities of committing to a postgraduate service program. Each year, approximately 10% of Notre Dame's graduating class commits to one or more years of full-time service in the United States and abroad. We find much hope working with students and alumni/alumnae who make this commitment and want to help to make it a positive and worthwhile experience for everyone—the participants and the service organizations.

This site includes resources about programs, reflections from returned volunteers, and listings of events offered to assist students with postgraduate service decisions.

Deciding what to do after graduation is often a daunting experience. A year or two of full-time service can be a wonderful way to put your faith, values, education, and experiences to work with those in need. It is not "a year off," it is hard work with populations who have great needs. You will likely be much more prepared for graduate, law, or medical school and employment after this time of service. For more information contact cscstp@nd.edu or 574-631-5779.

Postgraduate Service Opportunities

Title Overview Commitment
Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) The Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) is a two-year service program offering college graduates... 24 months, including summers
Amate House Our program is dedicated to supporting and developing future leaders of the church and world... 10.5 months
Andre House of Arizona Andre House is a ministry of hospitality, which combines the gifts of many people to serve people... 12 months
Augustinian Volunteers Augustinian Volunteers are young men and women who serve with established educational, social, and... 10 months domestic / 11 months international
Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry, sponsored by the Sisters of Bon Secours, provides the opportunity... 12 months
Boston College Urban Catholic Teacher Corps UCTC forms excellent Catholic schoolteachers and actively engages in the ministry of teaching for... 24 months
Brothers’ Volunteer-Discernment Community This all-male program offers volunteers the opportunity for service while participating in the... 12 months
Cap Corps East Overview: The Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps (Cap Corps) offers men and women the opportunity... 12 months domestic / 24 months international
Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps Midwest The Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps Midwest is an intentional community of full-time volunteers... 12 months domestic, 18 months international
Catholic Volunteer Network (CVN) Catholic Volunteer Network (CVN) is a national membership organization of Christian volunteer and... 2 months or 12-36 months
Catholic Worker House– St. Peter Claver House The Catholic Worker aims to live out the Works of Mercy through serving and entering into community... n/a
Change a Heart Change A Heart Franciscan Volunteer Program is a 12-month service experience that empowers young... 12 months
Christ in the City Overview:  Christ in the City is a holistic service program that combines charitable works,... 1 week–12 months
Christian Appalachian Project Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) is an interdenominational, non-profit Christian organization... 3 weeks-12 months
Christians for Peace in El Salvador CRISPAZ is a faith-based organization dedicated to building bridges of solidarity between the... 12 months or less
City Year City Year is an education focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all... 10 months
Colorado Vincentian Volunteers CVV invites young adults into a process of companionship with those who are poor in the spirit of... Varies
Dominican Volunteers USA Spend next year serving at the United Nations (New York), as a refugee resettlement specialist (... 11 months
Echo: Faith Formation Leadership Program Echo is a dynamic, two-year service-learning, formation program through the Institute for Church... 24 months
Farm of the Child In gratitude for the great love that Jesus Christ gives to us, we decide to unite ourselves to form... 1-2 years