Deciding what to do after graduation is often a daunting task. How can you know which opportunity is best for you? Begin by asking yourself:
- Type of work? issues? populations? e.g., social service with homeless women or tutoring with children living in poverty
- Faith-based or secular organization?
- Community living or independent?
- Geographical location?
- Financial needs?
It's okay if you don't know that answers to these and other questions when you begin—they will come as you engage with the process.
What can help:
- Actively research organizations and opportunities: talk to recruiters, and current and former volunteers, read websites and literature, and, when possible, visit.
- Notice what you react to, both positively and negatively. What pulls at you? What is unappealing? What are your fears, concerns? What are you passionate about?
- Talk to Mike Hebbeler or Karen Manier about your reactions—thoughts, feelings, concerns. We are here to help with the discernment process.
- Take the CSC Seminar "Discernment" in the fall of your senior year.
- Talk to mentors, advisors, spiritual directors, Career Center staff, rectors, faculty as well family and friends. Ask for feedback about your strengths and challenges. One caveat: how others see you is helpful, but only as a means for recognizing what you know to be true about yourself.
- Realize that no opportunity or experience is perfect; any number of opportunities could be a good "fit" for you.
Search CVN's database of over 200 domestic and international volunteer and lay mission programs. Use multiple search preferences to hone in on programs of interest. All faith-based; not all Catholic.
- AmeriCorps State and National supports a wide range of local service programs to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.
- AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.
Below is a list of organizations that Notre Dame graduates have served with.
Postgraduate Service Opportunities
|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|
|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|
|Change a Heart||Change A Heart Franciscan Volunteer Program is a 12-month service experience that empowers young...||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|
|Franciscan Community Volunteers||Franciscan Community Volunteers is a faith-based AmeriCorps program that allows young adults to...||11 months|
|Franciscan Mission Service||As an international lay Franciscan mission program in North America, FMS helps Catholics prepare to...||12 months international; 12 months domestic; Short-term (2 week) Mission Exposure Trips|
|Franciscan Outreach Volunteers||Franciscan Outreach Volunteers is a one year (renewable) program based on the values of Service,...||12 months (renewable)|