Local and National Volunteer Programs


AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that each year connects volunteers with intensive Public Service programs designed to meet our critical needs in public education, environmental safety, health services, housing, and other development. The AmeriCorps network includes more than 30,000 nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and community centers. Full-time volunteers who complete their service earn an AmeriCorps Education Award of $4,725 toward college, graduate school, or repayment of qualified student loans; and part-time volunteers receive partial awards. Some volunteers receive modest living allowances during their terms of service. For more information, visit

Teach For America

Have a significant impact on the lives of children in low-income communities! Teach for America recruits some of the most exceptional graduates for its teaching corps, which provides the most disadvantaged children with responsible leadership in the classroom. Applications are accepted from all undergraduate majors and degree programs, and no previous education experience is required. All teachers receive the full first-year salary and benefits, financial aid, plus a $9,450 AmeriCorps Education Award (if eligible), as well as student loan forbearance and interest payments for two years. To learn more, visit http://www.teachforamerica.org.

NYC Teaching Fellows

NYC Teaching Fellows are assigned to teach in schools where good teachers are the most needed. Almost none of the fellows have previous experience in teaching, but all want to change their lives. The program involves a rigorous selection process and training more than 7,500 Fellows who teach in NYC public schools. Fellows receive the regular salary and benefits for a teacher, subsity to pursue a master’s degree, support at the school and regional levels, and an incomparable professional network. To learn more, visit http://www.nycteachingfellows.org/

NYC Public Service Corps

The New York City Public Service Corps (formerly known as the Urban Corps) was founded as an alternative to on-campus placements for students receiving federal work-study funds. The internships are for undergraduate and graduate students from affiliated colleges and universities. With more than thirty organizations participating, students choose from a range of urban internships related to their academic majors. Placements are available in many fields which include social work, education, law, and health administration. Some interns also promote literacy skills among children through the federal America Reads program. For an application and more information, please consult with a student employment counselor at the Financial Aid Office, 65 Fifth Avenue. Students interested in working for academic credit should contact the Public Service Corps directly. If you have questions about the program, call 311 if located in New York, and/or visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/employment/intern.shtml.

Additional Resources

  • New York Cares mobilizes New Yorkers volunteers with a range of projects and assignments for everyone (www.nycares.org)
  • Virtual Volunteering is an innovative approach to community involvement that provides service through internet/email. This is an important opportunity if you have time, travel, or other constraints. (www.serviceleader.org/new/virtual/index.php)
  • Volunteer Match allows prospective volunteers to search a database of opportunities nationwide, arranged by geographic location and interests. (www.volunteermatch.org)
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