Service in the United States

Nonprofit Sector


AmeriCorps is a national, non-profit organization committed to service with hundreds of opportunities nationwide to help serve communities and individuals. From community development and outreach to disaster relief, homelessness and hunger concerns, these are just a few of the many areas of interest individuals are able to focus on during their involvement with AmeriCorps. Benefits include: training, health insurance, a modest living allowance, student-loan deferment, and an educational voucher

City Year Youth Service Corps

Spend 10 months as a tutor, mentor, and role model in one of 20 urban locations in the United States working with at-risk youth in minimizing the achievement gap in education and to play an important part in the success of students as well as schools. Must be between the ages of 17-24 to apply.

Congressional Hunger Center

Yearly, 20 fellows are selected for this 11 month program. Half of this time is spent working in the field, in order to be involved with fighting hunger at a local level with a partner organization across the United States. The other half of this time is spent at a policy site located within Washington D.C. metropolitan area to gain experience in national policy development and advocacy.

Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps

Minnesota Reading Corps is an AmeriCorps program that is helping more than 30,000 Minnesota children, age 3 to grade 3, become successful readers each year. Tutors provide small group or one-on-one instruction to help struggling learners transform into confident students – something that translates into all areas of their life. Tutors provide consistent, daily tutoring, and receive rigorous training plus ongoing literacy coaching throughout the year.

Minnesota Math Corps is an AmeriCorps program that is helping more than 5,000 Minnesota students in grade 4-8, succeed in math each year. Tutors provide evidence-based interventions to pairs of struggling students to help them build the math skills and confidence they need to succeed in high school algebra, a course correlated with graduation, college enrollment, and higher paying careers. Tutors receive rigorous training and receive ongoing coaching throughout the year.

Tutors receive a modest living allowance and an education award ($5,815 for full-time service) to pay for higher education or to repay qualified student loans. During their service, tutors may be eligible for student loan forbearance, health insurance, and child care assistance.

Tutors also participate in training, create career connections, and develop marketable skills, while making a real difference in people’s lives. Service with Reading Corps and Math Corps is an awesome adventure and an experience of a lifetime.


Public Allies

A 10-month AmeriCorps sponsored program devoted to the notion that all can lead. The focus is on developing the leadership abilities of young adults through apprenticeships with nonprofit organizations - now in 21 communities! Public Allies launched itself in the Twin Cities in 2010!  Benefits include: monthly stipend, health care, child care, student loan deferment, and a substantial post-service education award.

The Greenlining Institute Academy Fellowship Program

Greenlining defines itself as a “multi-ethnic public policy research and advocacy institute.” In our history, the term "redlining" is defined as the denial of services to diverse communities. In contrast, "greenlining" is the effort of bringing investments to these very communities. For a young leader who has completed his/her undergraduate or graduate degree, the Fellowship Program is a year long training program with the opportunity to work under a program director; annual salary of approximately $33,000, plus health benefits. As a shorter term option, there is also a Summer Associate program which includes a monthly stipend.

Service Year Alliance

Service Year Alliance is an organization relentlessly pursuing a bold vision - making a year of service a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans as a way to tackle important challenges while transforming their own lives. 

Service years are available through a variety of nonprofits and public organizations. From urban to rural communities, service year opportunities are available in a wide array of issue areas, including: education, the environment, disaster relief, health care, and many more.  Today, 65,000 young people serve every year. Our goal is 100,000 by 2019 and 1 million within a generation.

Volunteers For Peace

Volunteers For Peace is primarily an International Voluntary Service, but there are also 40-60 projects in the United States per year. Short term projects are 2-3 weeks, medium term projects are 1-6 months and long term projects are up to a year. The registration fee is $300, regardless of the length of the project, which covers food, accommodation and work materials for the entire duration of the project. Volunteers are responsible for their transportation arrangements and expenses.

Faith Based Opportunities

Amate House

Be among 30+ college graduates, ages 21-29, to spend a service year in Chicago and live with other volunteers in community while serving schools, parishes, and social service agencies that are in need of support. Room and board, food, health insurance, and transportation to and from work site are provided, monthly stipend is $100 and year end stipend is $500. To “live simply” is encouraged as volunteers reflect on faith, lifestyle, and how one spends money as well as time.

Lutheran Volunteer Corps

Volunteers with Luther Volunteer Corps are able to live in community and practice sustainability while exploring spirituality and working for social justice. LVC is open to those coming from all spiritual backgrounds. LVC works with over 120 non-profit social service sites in 16 cities in the United States! During a service year, volunteers are also given the opportunity to participate in three regional retreats. A monthly stipend is provided and additionally, volunteers may be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award.

Mercy Volunteer Corps

With Mercy Volunteer Corps, volunteers serve in education, healthcare or social services to support those who are economically poor and marginalized in one of 8 locations in the US or in Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, South America. National commitments are 1 year and International commitments are for 2 years. Volunteers receive housing, medical insurance, transportation, food/personal stipends and student loan deferment. Also eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award stipend.

Public Affairs and Government

Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs

Coro Fellows learn how to become agents of change through experiential learning, self-discovery, group interaction, wide exposure to social institutions, and learning in communities. This is a full-time, nine-month opportunity in which a Fellow participates in a series of placements across the spectrum of public affairs allowing for a very rich experience. In the past, sectors have included government, business, electoral politics, media, organized labor and non-profit/philanthropy. The final placement is determined by the individual in collaboration with an organization of his or her choosing. There are 6 Coro centers across the United States and tuition as well as stipends vary between centers. Tuition is between $3,500-$5,000 and monthly stipends are awarded based upon need.