Careers in Civic Engagement



Offers paid volunteer opportunities through its State & National, VISTA, and NCCC programs:
  • AmeriCorps*State and National members work with different local and national non-profits throughout the United States to complete direct service.
  • AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America)members work with different local and national non-profits throughout the United States to complete indirect service.
  • AmeriCorps*NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) members address the pressing needs of the communities in which they serve.
  • AmeriCorps*Helping to Rebuild Communities in the Gulf Coast members complete direct and indirect service to help rebuild communities in the Gulf Coast that were affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Benefits of AmeriCorps membership include:
  • Modest living allowance
  • Potential to choose either a stipend or an education award
  • Ability to put your student loans in forbearance or deferment
  • Free health coverage plan
  • Some opportunities provide you with housing
  • Work and life skills are learned, gained, and used
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Other Opportunities

NC Campus Compact
NC Campus Compact is a coalition of colleges and universities collaborating to increase campus-wide participation in community and public service.
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AmeriSpan Study Abroad
Offers volunteer placements and language immersion opportunities throughout the world.
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City Year
A corps of diverse young adults, who dedicate at least a year to civic engagement and transformative service in communities across America.
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Fund for Public Interest Research
Helps progressive groups wage campaigns that help preserve our environment, protect human rights, clean up politics, and challenge corporate power. Offers a number of full-time positions across the country as well as summer jobs.
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Green Corps
Yearlong, full-time, paid Environmental Leadership Training Program.
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Jesuit Corps
Offers women and men an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace.
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Lutheran Volunteer Corps
Provides essential services in the areas of education, public safety, human needs, and the environment. Many programs offer the opportunity for hands-on direct service while others involve coordination, development and management of projects.
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Peace Corps
Volunteers work in the following areas: education, youth outreach, and community development; health and HIV/AIDS; agriculture and environment; business development; and information technology
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Public Allies
Allies work four days each week for ten months at a local nonprofit organization where they strengthen their community by working in areas such as youth development, community development, public health, and economic development.
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Student Conservation Association
Offers college students, as well as other adults, extraordinary opportunities to serve our nation's most prized public treasures: its natural and cultural resources.
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Teach for America
Recruits the most outstanding graduating college seniors and recent college graduates to teach in low-income communities across the country. Teach for America participants will be the future leaders in fields such as business, medicine, politics, law, journalism, education, and social policy.
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Cerificate Program in Nonprofit Management
Continuing Studies program at Duke University. Duke University believes that nonprofit organizations provide vital services that markedly contribute to the health of our communities.
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Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation is the nation’s largest grantmaker supporting service and volunteering. Through our Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, we provide opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to express their patriotism while addressing critical community needs.
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Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.
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Institute for NonProfits
Our interdisciplinary Institute draws upon faculty, students and staff from across the NC State campus and beyond to build the capacity of nonprofits and develop nonprofit leaders.
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National Campus Compact
Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,200 college and university presidents — representing some 6 million students — dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement, and service-learning in higher education.
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National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
Learn and Serve America's National Service-Learning Clearinghouse (NSLC) supports the service-learning community in higher education, kindergarten through grade twelve, community-based initiatives and tribal programs, as well as all others interested in strengthening schools and communities using service-learning techniques and methodologies.
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N.C. Center for Non-Profits
The N.C. Center for Nonprofits is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as a statewide network for nonprofit board and staff members, an information center on effective organizational practices, and an advocate for the nonprofit sector as a whole. We offer services directly to all sizes and types of nonprofits and we work closely with other local, state and national groups that assist nonprofits.
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N.C. Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service
The N.C. Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service works to create a culture of service and civic engagement in the state. The Commission encourages community service and volunteerism as a means of problem solving across the state by administering federal funds to community service programs and volunteer programs such as AmeriCorps and Citizen Corps.
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N.C. Civic Education Consortium (at UNC's School of Government)
The N.C. Civic Education Consortium works with schools, governments, and community organizations to prepare North Carolina’s young people to be active, responsible citizens.
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United We Serve
Americans can enter geographic information about where they want to get involved, such as state or zip code, and areas of interest ranging from education to the environment, to access volunteer opportunities offered by a range of partner organizations across the country or around the world. Formerly the website for the USA Freedom Corps office at the White House (under President Bush), is managed by the Corporation for National and Community Service on behalf of the White House.
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