Post-Grad Service & Career Opportunities
make an impact.
Graduation doesn’t have to mark the end of one’s community involvement and civic engagement. Vanderbilt has a rich history of alumni working in the nonprofit community domestically and all over the world, and each student’s dynamic skill set formed over the years on campus can be put to incredible use in the next chapter of a graduate’s journey.
“I speak of the responsibility of the educated citizen…you have responsibilities to use your talents for the benefit of the society which helped develop those talents.” -John F. Kennedy Speech at Vanderbilt University May 18, 1963
If you want to continue to be involved in advocacy, activism, and education through volunteerism, this is a great place to start. Below you’ll find (1) featured post-graduation opportunities, as well as (2) places to begin your search through pertinent websites. Of course, you can always contact an OACS staff member to schedule an appointment if you’d like assistance fishing through the vast number of options.
1. featured post-graduation opportunities
The Office of Honor Scholarships:
A 6th grade student in a Houston public school has a 7% chance of graduating from college. YES Prep is an open-enrollment public charter school that serves 5,200 students across 10 campuses and is Transforming Houstonby reversing that statistic for Houston students. At YES Prep, acceptance to a 4-year college or university is a graduation requirement and a minimum standard of success, and for the past 10 years, 100% of YES Prep’s graduates have risen to that expectation – matriculating at institutions like Dartmouth, Texas A&M, Yale, MIT, UT-Austin, Rice, and Vanderbilt. YES Prep has been consistently ranked as one of Houston’s best public high schools by the Houston Chronicle and as one of the top 100 public high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
YES Prep is the best place in the country to develop as a teacher and educational leader.We ensure this because we know that the key ingredient to our students’ success is GREAT teachers. YES Prep is seeking top leaders from Vanderbilt University to teach at YES Prep, become educational leaders, and close the achievement gap for Houston students.
- 90% of YES students are first generation college-bound.
- 80% of YES students are economically disadvantaged/ qualify for free-reduced lunch
- 95% of YES students are Hispanic or African American.
New teachers are asked to make a 2-year commitment. All majors are encouraged to apply. YES Prep trains and certifies its teachers through Teaching Excellence, its unique teacher development and alternative certification program.
AmeriCorps NCCC AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is a full-time, team-based residential, national service and leadership program for young men and women ages 18-24 who serve on teams of 8-12 members for 10 months as they travel throughout regions of the United States. It is much like a domestic Peace Corps program.
The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. AmeriCorps NCCC requires an intensive, 10-month commitment.
NCCC Teams serve communities in one of five focus areas: Disaster preparation, response, and recovery; environmental stewardship; energy conservation; urban and rural development; and, infrastructure improvement. Members receive training in CPR and First Aid, emergency shelter management, tool safety, leadership skills, team building, volunteer coordination, project development and much more. NCCC is one of three AmeriCorps programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency. Interested applicants can learn more and apply online at www.americorps.gov/nccc.
View the informative 4-minute recruitment video to experience the passion for service and the mission, unique programming, and benefits of NCCC at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T_ooxo4lL4.
If you have questions, please reach out to Erika Roberts at (601) 630-4048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. and the list goes on…
You can first check with the OACS Bulletin Board, which posts the latest volunteer opportunities at Vanderbilt, Nashville, the United States, and/or the world. You can also download a full list of post-graduate service opportunities.