Elon University Fellowship Opportunities

Community Impact Fellows

The Community Impact Fellows program, an Elon service year initiative launched in 2015 with support from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, places four recent Elon graduates into high-need elementary schools in Alamance County, working on literacy and numeracy with preschool children and parents. These four graduates spend their senior year at Elon doing research and preparing for full-time work at Newlin, Eastlawn, Andrews and Haw River elementary schools.  They are also be responsible for directing a group of student volunteers who will be trained and assigned to help tutor parents and children at the four schools. 

“By working with parents and children to help prepare 4-year-olds for kindergarten, supervising current Elon students who volunteer as tutors, and preparing the next four Community Impact Fellows,” Elon President Leo Lambert says, “these graduates will have a tremendous impact on the crucial role of getting children ready to read.” 

Elon-Alamance Health Partners

The Elon-Alamance Health Partners program, a partnership between Elon University and four health organizations in Alamance County, offers four recent Elon graduates the opportunity to engage in one year of meaningful service work to improve the health of residents in Alamance County.  Based on their strengths, interests and professional goals, these recent graduates are matched with one of the following agencies: Alamance County Health Department, Alamance Regional Medical Center, Healthy Alamance or Impact Alamance.  Program participants are considered Elon University employees and receive a competitive stipend and housing.  In addition, they are entitled to all of the benefits, including health insurance, available to a full-time Elon University employee. Throughout their year of service, the Elon graduates receive strong mentorship from faculty and their supervisors, as well as professional development opportunities. Participants are also eligible for an incentive stipend at the completion of the one year program if they attend graduate school in North Carolina or accept employment in Alamance or a surrounding county.

Elon Fellowship at Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP)
In partnership with CRHP in Jamkhed, India, the Periclean Scholars Class of 2012 inaugurated the Elon Fellow program, now in its third year. Each spring, an Elon University graduating senior who demonstrates interest in and commitment to international healthcare and development is selected to participate in a one-year post-graduate position at CRHP. The Elon Fellow works closely with the senior staff at CRHP on a range of projects including program organization and assessment, grant writing, and staff education. Additionally, the Fellow will have extensive exposure to CRHP's community programs, on-site hospital, organic farm and rehabilitation center, and training in community health and development, according to their individual interests. The leadership at CRHP has described this relationship as extraordinarily useful and productive and has committed to providing room and board for the Elon Fellow annually.

Peace Corps Prep Program
The Peace Corps Prep Program is a formal cooperative agreement between Elon University and the Peace Corps.  The Elon program is housed in the Environmental Studies Department and focuses on helping students develop skills in sustainable agriculture, responsible architecture and environmental management. Students participating in the program will gain skills which are an advantage in the competitive Peace Corps application process and in other international development work.


Domestic Opportunities

AmeriCorps VISTA

National service program specifically geared toward fighting poverty in all 50 states.

Appalachia Service Project
Provides opportunities for individuals and groups to take part in an educational, hands-on experience providing emergency home repair and learning about life in Central Appalachia.

City Year
Opportunity for a year of volunteering in school-based service, youth leadership, and community transformation all across the United States.

Green Dream Jobs

As the “leading green jobs service,” Sustainable Business is a resource for both internship/volunteer and entry-level positions in the U.S. and across the world.

Habitat for Humanity

Short-term and long-term volunteer opportunities both domestically and internationally with a nonprofit organization founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live.

Search under keyword “Gap Year” to find both domestic and international service opportunities.

Match Corps

Year-long program mentoring urban youth and families in the Boston area with a focus on education and policy reform in schools.

The Mountain Institute
The Mountain Institute (TMI) strongly invests in communities in the world’s great mountain systems through education, conservation and sustainable development. TMI has been supporting the environment, economy and culture of mountain populations for over 38 years. (1 week-8 months, paid; both in the US and internationally)

NGS Movement
The Next Generation of Service (NGS) connects young people to social change organizations by offering vocational mentorship and promoting community and international service as a component of any career path.  It is our mission to empower young people to chart professional lives that work toward the betterment of humanity.

NYC Service
Supports a variety of service organizations in New York City. Volunteer opportunities include education, health, community life, environment and emergency preparedness.

Project Horseshoe Farm

Gap Year Fellowships available in community health, non-profit leadership, or education designed to meet the needs of children, seniors, and adults with mental illness.

Public Allies
10-month program that starts in the fall and runs through summer. Allies work for a nonprofit organization to strengthen the community in areas such as youth development, community development, public health, and economic development.

SAGA Innovations

The SAGA Fellowship is a 10-month service opportunity in a Chicago or New York City public school aimed intently at eliminating the achievement gap. In addition to providing daily individualized instruction to a small cohort of students, Fellows work collaboratively with students’ teachers, school staff, and parents to help foster academic and personal growth for their students.

Service Year Alliance

Service Year Alliance is an organization relentlessly pursuing a bold vision — making a year of service a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans as a way to tackle important challenges while transforming their own lives. The Service Year Alliance connects young people who want to do a service year with organizations who are looking for diverse talent to help them reach their mission. 

Southern Education Foundation
Paid summer fellowships for college and graduate level students interested in working with nonprofit organizations to make systemic changes in education policy and practice. Opportunities include advocacy, grant-making, policy analysis, research, community organizing, and direct service in education. See:
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Student Conservation Association
Participation in conservation projects concerning environmental issues such as wildfire management, trail restoration, environmental education and invasive species eradication in all 50 states.

Teach For America
Teach For America is a national corps of recent college graduates and working professionals who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders to help all students fulfill their potential.

Westmoreland Volunteer Corps

One-year paid service experience with a domestic volunteer service program sponsored by Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ. Volunteers live in a group house and are matched with social service agencies in Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

International Opportunities

Africa Development Corps
Africa Development Corps, also known as Visions in Action, is an international development organization based in Washington, DC with field offices in Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa and Liberia. ADC operates its own progressive programs in the areas of food security, education, international exchange, and health, while also offering volunteer programs for long-term international experience in developing countries. All volunteers make a 6-12 month commitment.

Amigos de las Americas
This program begins with 6 months of training in both the US and Latin America. Volunteers are matched to ongoing health, community development, and environmental programs partnered with supporting agencies in the host countries. There is a program fee and it includes round trip airfare, training materials, orientation, etc. Scholarships are available.

Volunteers work with local communities at home and abroad to complete a community project that focuses on education, environment, or health and well-being. Positions are available in Brazilian Amazon, Bolivian Andes, Australia, Nepal, Ghana, Jamaica, Ireland, Poland and Germany. There are program fees. (1 week – 1 year)

Cross-Cultural Solutions
CCS is a non-profit organization that operates volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people together to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding. CCS sends people to countries such as Thailand, Costa Rica, India, Guatemala, Peru, India, Morocco, Brazil and Ghana. (1 year and internship options available)

Cultural Vistas
A non-profit operating for over 60 years, Cultural Vistas is committed to its mission to enrich minds, advance global skills, build careers, and connect lives through international exchange. Fellowships, internships, and other exchange programs are available.

Echoing Green
Echoing Green believes positive change is only possible when you live boldly, taking responsibility for finding your unique role in making the world a better place. Echoing Green strives to help social innovators and young investors launch influential positive enterprises.

Go Abroad
Find Study Abroad, Volunteer Abroad, Internships Abroad, Teach Abroad, Degree Abroad Programs, TEFL, Language Courses Abroad & Scholarships.

Go Overseas
Resource for finding service-based volunteer programs, jobs, and internships abroad. Offers a large database of program ratings and reviews by past participants as well as country guides, listings, and articles.

An organization dedicated to critical community development through environmental conservation, education, construction, and healthcare. Choose from over 150 volunteer and internship programs in 25 different countries. Duration of programs range from one week to over a year.

Humana People to People is a network of 32 organizations engaged in international solidarity, cooperation and development in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Their development work is rooted in a commitment to fight alongside the poor in a collective process that supports people to make changes, improve their lives and solve their problems.  Opportunity to receive training and work as a development instructor on projects in various international locations.

InterExchange is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting cross-cultural awareness through work and volunteer exchange programs.

Mountbatten Institute
Programs include full-time, one-year paid internship in London or New York with evening and weekend study; receive a PGC or MBA in International Business Practice, or an MA in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Global Business.

Peace Corps
Volunteer work for 27 months; the Peace Corps has been a leader in international development and citizen diplomacy for more than 50 years across more than 139 countries.

Projects Abroad
Encourages worthwhile work in developing counties to create a global community passionate about service. Fields of service include teaching, business, conservation, sports, archaeology and childcare.

United Nations Volunteers
Mobilizes volunteers in development assistance projects and in humanitarian and peacekeeping operations throughout the world.

United Planet
A non-profit organization emphasizing immersion and authenticity. Volunteers work in three main focus areas: children and education, global health, and environmental sustainability. Offers opportunities in over 35 countries with gap year and internship options.