Post Graduation Service Opportunities

Interested in volunteer service for one or more years as an alternative to entering the workforce or graduate school? Click each logo to learn about opportunities both in the U.S. and abroad, and at the bottom of the page, read through some helpful things to consider when thinking about a post-graduation service opportunity. For more opportunities check out the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships

Domestic Opportunities


Americorps logo


Camphill Communities of North America logo

Casa de Esperanza

Link and Logo for Casa de Esperanza

Citizen Corps

Citizen Corps logo

City Hall Fellows

City Hall Fellows logo

City Year

City Year logo

Code for America

Code for America logo

Covenant House

Covenant House Faith Community logo

Families USA

Families USA logo

Green Corps

Green Corps logo

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity logo


Health Corps: Educating the student body logo

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship logo



Maggie's Place

Link and Logo of Maggie's Place

Math for America

Math For America Logo

Michigan Education Corps


NYC Urban Fellows Program

NYC Urban Fellowship Program logo

Public Allies

Public Allies: Everyone Leads logo

Public Health Service

Public Health Services logo

Student Conservation Association

Student Conservation Association logo

Teach for America

Teach For America logo

The Teaching Fellows

TNTP Teaching Fellows logo

United Way of America

United Way logo

University Child Development School

University Child Development School logo

White House Fellowship Program

White House Fellowship Program logo

International Opportunities

American India Foundation

American India Foundation logo

Care International

Care International logo

Congressional Hunger Center

Congressional Hunger Center logo

Council on International Exchange

Council on International Exchange logo

Cultural Vistas

Cultural Vistas logo

Earthwatch Institute

Earth Watch Institute Logo

German Academic Exchange Program

German Academic Exchange Program logo

Global Health Corps

Global Health Corps logo

Global Service Corps

Global Service Corps logo

Global Volunteers

Global Volunteers logo


Interac logo

Japan Exchange and Teaching

Japan Exchange and Teaching Program

Nanubhai Teaching Fellowship

Nanubhai Teaching Fellowship logo

Peace Corps

Peace Corps logo


Rotary logo

Samaritan Inns

Samaritan Inns logo

Service Civil International

Service Civil International logo

United Nations Volunteers

United Nations

Volunteers for Peace

Volunteers for Peace logo

Questions to Consider:

Why do I want to volunteer?  A simple exercise is to create a list of reasons WHY you are thinking of doing volunteer service after graduation. Make sure you really want to VOLUNTEER.

What type of program do I want?  There are many types of programs. You will need to begin narrowing down those that interest you. Do some research and begin to eliminate programs that do not interest you. An example, if you are debating between  AmeriCorps and Peace Corps, here is an article depicting the differences and which one could be for you?

How will this affect my future career plans and goals?  Think about what you hope to gain from a volunteer experience and how it might fit into your future career plans. What would be some benefits and losses of a volunteer experience on my future graduate school and/or career plans? Also, consider whether you can financially afford to do service instead of working.

How will this affect my relationships?  Parents, families, significant others, and friends are all people that may be affected by your decision. Make sure to talk it over with the important people in your life.

Are there other questions or issues I need to consider?  If you have any physical or emotional health questions or factors that may affect your ability to perform certain types of volunteer work, make sure to discuss those with the program coordinators. Think about other factors or issues unique to you or your situation.

Are there other options I should consider?  Internships, summer programs, short-term opportunities, nonprofit work, human service work, and religious life are all positive experiences related to volunteering.

Information adapted from Boston College.