Through a variety of master's programs and continuing education programs, fellowships, Holy Cross- and Worcester-specific programs, and post-graduate volunteer opportunities, students particularly interested in civic engagement can continue to pursue learning in community-based work.
This page provides a sampling of programs and resources that may be helpful to you as you think about deepening your knowledge of and involvement in community-based learning. The Donelan Office is always available to meet one-on-one with students interested in pursuing a career in community engagement. Please contact us if you have any questions. The Center for Career Development and The Office of Distinguished Fellowships and Graduate Studies are also both excellent resources in discerning post-graduate plans.
Handshake is the Center for Career Development's online recruiting portal. Students may use this system to apply for full-time employment and internship opportunities through On-Campus Recruiting, Resume Referral, the Alumni Shadowing Program, and the Summer Internship Program.
Master’s Programs/Continuing Education
From the Merrimack College Website: The Master’s in Community Engagement (M.Ed.) prepares students to be non-profit leaders, social change activists, and leaders in the national service learning movement. Students will gain a broad understanding of civic engagement, including trends, theoretical models, and best practices. This versatile degree will prepare students for outreach and partnership work in schools, college, and community organizations. The Master’s in Community Engagement is a 36-credit program.
From the Clark University website: The Community Development and Planning (CDP) program prepares current and future community development practitioners, activists, and scholars to take on the challenges and struggles facing urban areas in the United States. In the program, students learn alternative ways of thinking and transforming communities to achieve greater equity and social justice.
From the Portland State University Website: The Graduate Certificate in Service-Learning and Community-Based Learning in Postsecondary Education consists of an 18-credit series of coursework that focuses on providing sound philosophical, theoretical, and experiential preparation in service-learning and community engagement for those who teach, coordinate, and/or research learning through community involvement with college students.
From the Echoing Green Website: Through our two-year, full-time Fellowship, we find people working on a plan to make the world better in a big way. Then we help them become impactful leaders by connecting them with the tools, resources, and communities they need to bring their ideas to life.
From the CORO Website: The Coro Fellows Program develops emerging leaders to work and lead across different sectors by equipping them with knowledge, skills, and networks to accelerate positive change.
From the ASHOKA website: Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs who we recognize to have innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society. They demonstrate unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas and prove that compassion, creativity, and collaboration are tremendous forces for change. Ashoka Fellows work in over 70 countries around the globe in every area of human need.All Ashoka Fellows must undergo a rigorous search and selection process in which they demonstrate that they fully meet Ashoka's selection criteria. Upon election, all Fellows agree to abide by the Conditions of Association with Ashoka and gain lifetime support through the world’s leading network of social entrepreneurs. Ashoka helps seed that network investment through stipends that allow Fellows the financial flexibility to fully dedicate themselves to their new ideas.
From the Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program Website: The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program is a unique leadership development program that trains, inspires, and sustains emerging leaders committed to social justice. Program participants gain practical experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community-based organizations across the country, as well as policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. Through this unique program bridging community-based efforts and national public policy, Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows develop as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty.
From the Scoville Website: The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and grad school graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the fellowship's Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a salary, the fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice.
Holy Cross-Specific and Worcester Post-Graduate Volunteer Opportunities
Assumption Mission Associates (AMA) is a ministry of young adults in collaboration with the Religious of the Assumption in their mission to effect change in society through prayer, education and community building.
Holy Cross Fellow, Dismas House – Worcester, MA
Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc., seeks a Holy Cross Fellow to coordinate resident, marketing, and advancement activities at its transitional housing for homeless, former prisoners in Worcester, MA. Ideal candidates will have a commitment to issues of social justice, experience in non-profit milieu, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and a comfort working with individuals from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
Nativity Fellows Program, Nativity School of Worcester - Worcester, MA
Nativity School of Worcester offers a comprehensive, quality education to its high-needs, at-risk students as a result of the dedication, hard work, and passion of its Nativity Fellows. Nativity Fellows are distinguished, recent college graduates who are excited about the challenges and rewards of providing a quality education for Worcester’s disadvantaged boys. Nativity Fellows teach or co-teach three to four class periods per day in addition to serving as advisors, tutors, proctors, coaches, nurses, janitors, drivers, monitors, and managers of all other responsibilities that promote the students’ well-being. Applicants need not be education majors and need not have a teaching certificate.
Post-Graduate Volunteer Opportunities
A Simple House https://www.asimplehouse.org/become-a-missionary1.html
ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education) http://ace.nd.edu/
Amate House http://www.amatehouse.org/
Americorps / VISTA www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-vista
Amigos de Jesus http://www.amigosdejesus.org/
Associate Missionaries of the Assumption http://www.assumptionvolunteers.org/
Augustinian Volunteers http://www.osavol.org/home
Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry https://bonsecoursvolunteerministry.org/
Border Servant Corps www.borderservantcorps.org/
Boys Hope / Girls Hope www.boyshopegirlshope.org
Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps http://www.capcorps.org/
Catholic Charities USA http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/how-to-help/volunteer/
Catholic Network of Volunteer Service www.cnvs.org
Catholic Volunteers in Florida https://cvif.org/
Christian Appalachian Project http://www.christianapp.org/
City Year https://www.cityyear.org/
Colorado Vincentian Volunteers https://covivo.org/
Covenant House www.covenanthouse.org/faithcommunity
Cristo Rey Boston High School https://www.cristoreyboston.org/
Cristo Rey High School, Chicago https://www.cristorey.net/
Cristo Rey NY High School http://www.cristoreyny.org/
DeSales Service Works https://socialconcerns.nd.edu/desales-service-works
Echo, University of ND https://mcgrath.nd.edu/service-learning/echo-graduate-service-program/
Episcopal Service Corps http://www.episcopalservicecorps.org/
Esperanza Academy http://www.esperanzaacademy.org/
Flying Kites http://www.flyingkites.org/
Francis Corps http://www.flyingkites.org/#fkhome
Franciscan Outreach Ministry http://www.franoutreach.org/
Franciscan Volunteer Ministry http://www.franciscanvolunteerministry.org/
Global Vision International http://www.gviusa.com/
Good Shepherd Volunteers www.gsvolunteers.org
Humility of Mary Volunteer Service https://catholicvolunteernetwork.org/program/humility-mary-volunteer-service/
Jesuit Volunteer Corps http://www.jesuitvolunteers.org/
Jesuit Volunteer Corps NW http://jvcnorthwest.org/
KNOM Alaska www.knom.org
L’Arche Boston North http://larchebostonnorth.org/
Lasallian Volunteers https://www.lasallianvolunteers.org/
Maggie's Place http://www.maggiesplace.org/
Maryknoll China Teacher's Program https://www.maryknollchina.org/
MATCH Education http://matcheducation.org/
Mercy Home for Boys and Girls http://www.mercyhome.org/
Mercy Volunteer Corps http://www.mercyvolunteers.org/
Mother Caroline Academy, Boston www.mcaec.org
Nativity Preparatory School of Boston http://www.nativityboston.org/
Notre Dame Mission Volunteers – Americorps http://www.ndmva.org/
Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos USA https://nphusa.org/about-us/
Operation Teach http://operationteach.com/
Passionist Volunteers http://passionistvolunteers.org/
Peace Corps http://www.peacecorps.gov/
PLACE Corps https://soe.lmu.edu/academics/place/
Project Serve www.cc-md.org/volunteer/projectserve.html
Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers (PACT) www.providence.edu/pact
Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary Volunteers https://www.rshm-east.org/volunteer
Rostro de Cristo www.rostrodecristo.org
Sacred Heart Volunteer/Discernment Program https://www.brothersofsacredheart.org/
Salesian Lay Missioners http://www.salesianmissions.org/about-us/about-us
Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy http://www.saintignatius.org/
Saint Joseph Worker http://stjosephworkers.org/
SSJ Mission Corps https://www.ssjrochester.org/Default.aspx?rd=3145&rn=Volunteer%20Corps
The Nativity School of Bedford http://nativitynb.org/
The Romero House www.romerohouse.org/
The St. Vincent Pallotti Center http://www.catholicapostolatecenter.org/pallotti-center.html
The Urban Catholic Teachers Corps www.bc.edu/uctc
Vincentian Service Corps West https://vscwest.org/