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What is Post Grad Service?

If you are looking to work full-time year after graduation, this is a perfect opportunity to gain experience, get paid, and give back! Post Grad service is a long-term volunteer opportunity. While programs vary in length and location, they all trickle down to one mission: supporting communities facing adversity.

While they are volunteer positions, post-graduate service opportunities include plenty of benefits:

  • Biweekly living allowance (amount determined based on location)
  • Childcare allowance*
  • Free housing*
  • Education award (up to $6,195) or cash stipend
  • Limited health insurance
  • Non-competitive eligibility
  • Professional development
  • Student loan deferment

Local Opportunities

Application Deadline: March 6, 2020
Rochester Youth Year is a year-long AmeriCorps VISTA program based in Rochester, NY. Members selected for this position indirectly support sustainable solutions to poverty by working with local non-profit organizations. 
Application Deadline: February 21, 2020
Urban Fellows is a 10-week summer program open to local college students and is based out of the University of Rochester. Selected members serve 30 hours per week with local organizaitons to expand initiatives that address urban issues and poverty in Rochester, NY.
Application Deadline: Rolling
Flower City AmeriCorps is a year-long AmeriCorps State and National program based in Rochester, NY. Members work with local non-profits and government agencies to address critical community needs through hands-on service and professional development training. Full-time and part-time positions are available.

National Opportunities

Application Deadline: End of February to serve by July
AmeriCorps NCCC members travel across the nation to take part in hands-on service projects with a team. These projects typically focus on energy conservation, environmental stewardship, infrastructure improvement, or natural disaster relief. A single term can last 10-12 months. This program also accepts team leaders to guide a team of 8-10 members.
Application Deadline: Varies

AmeriCorps State and National pairs members with government funded organizations and programs that work to address critical community needs. These members engage in civic engagement through indirect service.

  • Positions are located across the nation, including Rochester, New York.
Application Deadline: Varies
AmeriCorps VISTA members travel across the nation to work with organizations to fight poverty and ensure communities are sustainable. A single term is typically 12 months. Some placements within this program also accepts team leaders—whom have prior experience as a member—and/or a summer associate.
  • Positions are located across the nation, including Rochester, New York

International Opportunities

Application Deadline: Varies
Peace Corps is a service opportunity for people who want to immerse themsevles in a community abroad, working with local leaders to tackle pressing challenges. A typical placement is 24 months plus an additional 3 months of training. 
  • Positions are located around the world. 


RIT Post Grad Stories

Dan Grinthal, AmeriCorps NCCC "I'd spent six months at Hasbro Toys and six months at a packaging coporation. It was a lot of fund and I'm really grateful for those experiences, but it left me a little bit jaded about a career path in corporate America. I wanted to find something more with my life." Read more...
Morgan Barron, AmeriCorps VISTA "As a Rochester, NY native, Morgan thought she knew about everything the city had to offer. But two weeks after graduating from Monroe Community College with her associate's degree, she was thrust into a new world of opportunities courtesy of AmeriCorps. Barron, a now-undergraduate student at RIT, was recently recognized by the City of Rochester and Mayor Lovely Warren as an exceptional woman." Read more...
Alex Tubridy, AmeriCorps NCCC "Four years ago, a slow-moving storm system crept over Louisiana bringing flooding unlive ever before. The natural disaster now know as the "thousand year flood," devastated several parishes, killed 13 people, and yielded a national response. One of thosands who answered the call for help was Alex Tubridy, civic engagement coordinator for the CLCE, who then was an AmeriCorps NCCC team leader." Read more...
Alessandra Santarosa, Peace Corps "After a brief summer study abroad in Kosovo, Alessandra knew she wanted to return... Two years later, when the Youngstown, NY native came across a Peace Corps program in Kosovo, she lunged at the opportunity. Within weeks of graduating from RIT, she was on a flight headed east for several months of training." Read more...
Carol Reed, Jesuit Volunteer Corps "Strolling through the Center for Campus Life, you've likely walked past her hundreds of times. Carol Reed, senior associate director and manager of Campus Life Facilities (retired), is a redheaded woman with glasses and a bright smile. What you might not know about her is that she served two years as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Native American reservations in Montana." Read more...