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Organizations that recruit at Columbia through CCE

Below is a sample list of organizations that recruit at Columbia University through CCE.  They are by no means the only opportunities available, so explore other options as well. Note that deadlines vary, so check the organization website for the most up to date information.

AVODAH:  The Jewish Service Corps

AVODAH is a one-year program combining work for justice, Jewish learning, and community building. Work full-time on issues you care about—immigration, hunger, literacy, public health, domestic violence, and more. Learn from veteran organizers, activists, and educators about how to make change in the world and about the Jewish connection to social justice. Live with other young people from all Jewish backgrounds and build a community committed to integrating social change and Jewish values. 

Citizen Schools Teaching Fellowship

The Citizen Schools National Teaching Fellowship is a service program offering a two-year leadership development experience, including service as a team leader at a Citizen Schools campus, professional development with a partner organization in the community, and the opportunity for optional enrollment in a pioneering Master's program in out-of-school learning.

City Hall Fellows

City Hall Fellows is the only national organization offering a systemic solution to the leadership crisis threatening American cities. It gives America's best and brightest recent college graduates firsthand experience in using local government to drive social change.  Their Fellows function as full-time city employees, not as interns, consultants or observers.

City Year

City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them skills and opportunities to change the world.

Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs

The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a full-time, nine month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program that prepares diverse, intelligent and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena. Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the Fellows Program is rigorous and demanding, an unparalleled opportunity for personal and professional growth. The Fellows Program is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis.

The Financial Clinic Fellowship Program – Peace Corps for Financial Stability

The Clinic is a nonprofit financial development firm committed to ensuring that our working poor customers build financial security. Recruits devote a year to counseling individuals and families through immediate crises such as consumer debt, home foreclosure and tax difficulties—and helping them with long-term steps toward financial stability: savings strategies, mainstream banking and credit repair.

Green Corps: Environmental Leadership Training Program

“Green Corps' one-year, full-time, paid Environmental Leadership Training Program gives you top-notch training to launch a career in organizing and activism. In thirteen months, we will turn your passion for environmental change into the concrete skills and experiences it takes to be a leader in the environmental movement. Our three-part training program includes intensive classroom training, hands-on experience running urgent environmental and public health campaigns, and placement in permanent leadership positions with leading environmental groups.” 

HealthCorps

HealthCorps is a proactive health movement founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, cardiac surgeon, best-selling author, and Health Expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show, to help stem the crisis of child obesity through school-based health education and mentoring, as well as community events and outreach to underserved populations. They offer two-year coordinator positions. Each Coordinator works with each individual school site as an educator, mentor, and activist to develop a tailored edition of HealthCorps to meet the needs of the school community.

NYC Teaching Fellows

The NYC Teaching Fellows program recruits and prepares high-quality, dedicated individuals to become teachers who raise student achievement in the New York City classrooms that need them most.

NYC Urban Fellows Program

“The Urban Fellows Program has earned a reputation for being deeply committed to the highest standards of excellence in public service.  This prestigious nine-month program combines full-time employment in City government with a comprehensive seminar series exploring the mechanics of local government, as well as some important issues facing the City.  Urban Fellows work in virtually every area, from the budget process to agency operations, low income housing to affordable health care, and education to economic development.”   

Peace Corps

“Currently, 6,678 Peace Corps volunteers are serving in 70 countries, working to bring clean water to communities, teach children, help start new small businesses, and stop the spread of AIDS [and much, much more]. Since 1961, more than 168,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps, serving in 136 nations.”  Volunteer terms of service are generally two years plus several months training.  The extensive Peace Corps website will provide in-depth information about benefits, jobs, living situation, etc.

Princeton in Asia

Princeton in Asia is a non-profit foundation providing young Americans with various opportunities to live and work as year-long interns in Asia. “The majority of interns are employed as English teachers at universities, colleges and high schools. There are also some specialized positions in business, international development, journalism, and teaching of technical subjects.” 

Teach For America

“Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to expand opportunity for children.”  The website gives info on the impact of AmeriCorps changes upon TFA

Teach for China 

In partnership with the global network Teach For All (www.teachforall.org), Teach For China recruits, selects, trains, and supports outstanding US and Chinese graduates to work side-by-side to deliver an excellent education in high poverty, rural Chinese communities. 

Teach for All 

Inspired by Teach for America, Teach For All’s network partners have placed teachers in many countries around the world-- Australia, China, Estonia, Germany, India, Latvia, Lebanon, Peru, UK, and US/Teach for America. Each organization has a separate admissions process and operates on its own cycle, so you must apply directly to the local organization in your country.

Venture for America 

Venture for America offers talented college graduates the opportunity to work for 2 years at a promising start-up or early-stage company in the United States.

WorldTeach

WorldTeach is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based at the Center for International Development at Harvard University which provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as summer, nine-month, or year-long volunteer teachers in developing countries. WorldTeach involves participation fees for most programs. 

Other Sample Organizations

Volunteering Opportunities:

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

“The American Friends Service Committee carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world. Founded by Quakers in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian war victims, AFSC's work attracts the support and partnership of people of many races, religions, and cultures.”  This organization’s headquarters is located in Philadelphia.  Look under “Jobs” on the website for volunteer opportunities in this area and for potential opportunities elsewhere in the U.S.  AFSC also sponsors fellowships for advanced study in specific areas related to AFSC programs. 

AmeriCorps

“AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that engage more than 50,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.  AmeriCorps members serve through more than 2,100 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based organizations.” The website contains extensive listings for state and national opportunities, as well as information on the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program and the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).  

Brethren Volunteer Service

Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) is a program that gives individuals a chance to advocate for justice, work for peace, serve human needs, and care for creation in a variety of settings in the United States and other countries. Since 1948, volunteers have served through BVS for a year or more, giving their time and skills to help a world in need. Although volunteers may not immediately solve deep-rooted problems, they can be part of on-going solutions.

Catholic Volunteer Network

Catholic Volunteer Network, established in 1963, is a non-profit membership organization of 200 domestic and international volunteer and lay mission programs.

Global Volunteers

Global Volunteers is a private non-profit, non-sectarian development organization that was founded with the goal of helping to establish a foundation for peace through mutual international understanding.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization. We welcome all people to join us as we build simple, decent, affordable, houses in partnership with those in need of adequate shelter. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 150,000 houses in more than 89 countries, including some 50,000 houses across the United States.”  HFH partners with VISTA and AmeriCorps in addition to providing employment and volunteer opportunities at its national headquarters.   

The Haitian Project

Each year The Haitian Project sends 6-10 volunteers to Haiti to teach at its tuition free, Catholic boarding school (grades 7-13). Volunteers also work to continue to strengthen its community service and empowerment programs. 

Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC)

“JVC has become the largest Catholic lay volunteer program in the country. Hundreds of grassroots organizations across the country count on Jesuit Volunteers to provide essential services to low-income people and those who live on the margins of our society. Jesuit Volunteers serve the homeless, the unemployed, refugees, people with AIDS, the elderly, street youth, abused women and children, the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled.” Volunteers serve for one year (renewable). JVC also has an international division – JVI – which places volunteers in 11 countries worldwide. 

Jewish Coalition for Service

“The Jewish Coalition for Service is a network of Jewish service organizations that provide opportunities for Jewish youth and adults to engage in tikkun olam, repair the world.”  JCS provides resources for long-term Jewish service opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally. 

Krista Foundation

The Krista Foundation provides mentoring support and Service and Leadership Development Grants for young adults in their twenties who are engaged in a sustained period of voluntary or vocational service as an expression of their Christian faith and values.

The United Nations Volunteers

Offers resource links, news coverage of global volunteering efforts, and lists of activities and partnerships around the globe.

Volunteer Adventures

Travel the world and change the world.

Volunteer International

An up to date search site for international volunteer and internship opportunities.

Volunteer Services Overseas

An organization that places over 800 volunteers around the world each year. 

Volunteers in Asia (VIA)

“Every year, VIA sends between 30 - 40 English teachers [college grads] on a life-changing adventure to Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam and China. Our mission and method are simple. We provide Asian host institutions with needed resources, while at the same time offering volunteers a unique opportunity to become a valued member of an Asian community.” Volunteer term of commitment is typically 1- 2 years. 

Volunteers for Peace

Founded in 1982, Volunteers For Peace is a non-profit membership organization that offers placement in over 3000 volunteer projects in more than 100 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. VFP also organizes 50-60 service projects in the United States each year. We exchange volunteers with our international partners, who organize the projects taking place in their own countries.

Work Opportunities:

Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

A project of the Congressional Hunger Center, this is a unique leadership development opportunity for motivated individuals seeking to make a difference in the struggle to eliminate hunger and poverty.

Camp Counselors USA

Be more than a tourist, experience a working adventure.

Club Med

Club Med has job opportunities of varying lengths at their luxury resorts around the world.  They hire year-round for positions ranging from snorkeling instructors to tour guides.

Conservation Directory

Lists organizations, agencies, and personnel engaged in conservation work and natural-resources use and management at state, national, and international levels.

Cool Works

Helps you find a seasonal job or career in some of the greatest places on Earth.

Eckerd Youth Alternatives

The Outdoor Youth Counselor Opportunity.

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Scoville fellowship is a "competitive national program that provides college graduates the opportunity to work in Washington, DC, with one of twenty-seven participating public-interest organizations focusing on international security issues. It lasts from six to nine months and provides a stipend, health insurance, and travel costs to Washington." 

Humanity In Action Fellowships

Humanity in Action (HIA) is pleased to offer its Summer Fellowship Programs in Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, and the United States. These programs bring together American and European university student leaders for five weeks of interdisciplinary inquiry into minority and human rights issues from a comparative, international perspective. After the summer fellowship, HIA Fellows are obligated to conduct a public outreach initiative—an HIA “Action Project”—in their home communities.

International Rescue Committee Fellows

 The International Rescue Committee provides relief, protection, and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression and violent conflict. Fellowship opportunities are dictated by the needs of IRC country programs, and there are a limited number of openings each year for fellowships of three months to one year. They are tailored by the IRC Human Resources department to enhance the academic, work, and life experience of fellows. Fellows work alongside staff in all departments - case management, employment, immigration, resource development, and youth programs, and are thus exposed to all aspects of resettlement work - from direct contact with clients to administrative tasks, individual research, and program development projects.

National Park Service

Seasonal and temporary jobs in national parks across the U.S.

New York Civic Corps

 Thanks to a partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service and its AmeriCorps VISTA program, the City will inaugurate its first class of NYC Civic Corps members this summer. Members will be dispatched in teams to local public and nonprofit organizations to help build sustainable-impact volunteer programs - something no city has ever done before. NYC Civic Corps teams will be matched with local public and nonprofit organizations to help increase meaningful service throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The NYC Civic Corps will help drive volunteer activity to the issues where the City's needs are greatest: strengthening neighborhoods and helping neighbors in need, education, health, emergency preparedness and the environment. NYC Civic Corps members will receive a $1,129 monthly living allowance, health benefits, educational awards, and other benefits.

Princeton in Africa

Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa's advancement by offering year-long fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent.

Reach Film Fellowship

The Reach Film Fellowship is a specialized program for early-career filmmakers who are making socially conscious short films. Four filmmakers per year are selected to receive a $5,000 grant, production support, and six months of mentorship, career advising and industry exposure. RFF is an annual program in which four young filmmakers receive a grant, resources and personalized mentorship as they transition from fledgling filmmakers to professionals.

UN Watch

UN Watch is a one-year Fellowship. The Fellowship is a unique opportunity in Geneva, Switzerland for recent graduates of college or graduate school who are interested in monitoring the United Nations, promoting human rights, and combating anti-Semitism.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Lists positions available overseas and domestic, including all levels of foreign service agents.

U.S. PIRG

The PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups) offer some research and lobbying opportunities, including door-to-door canvassing, collecting signatures for ballot initiatives, or helping with fund-raising for various environmental causes. 

The Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice/Wellstone Fellowship

The Villers Fellow works as a full-time policy analyst in Families USA’s Health Policy Department. The Fellowship is based in the Families USA office in Washington, D.C. and is designed to provide the Fellow with a national perspective on health care justice work and the opportunity to learn about a range of health care justice issues. The fellowship will last one year and Fellows will receive a compensatory package that includes an annual salary of approximately $38,000 and excellent health care benefits. One Villers Fellow is selected each year.

The Wellstone Fellow plays an integral role in the work of Families USA’s Field and Minority Health Initiatives Departments. The Wellstone Fellow’s primary responsibilities include assisting in the organization of conferences and trainings for advocates, community leaders, and journalists; drafting talking points, blogs, policy briefs, fact sheets, and other publications; and developing content for the Families USA website and email lists. The Fellowship will last one year and the Fellow will receive a compensatory package that includes an annual salary of approximately $38,000 and excellent health care benefits. One Wellstone Fellow is selected each year.

White House Intern Program

For applicants who have graduated from an undergraduate program the previous semester.  A highly competitive program that provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the daily operations of the White House.

Youth Service Opportunities Project (YSOP) Fellows Program

The YSOP Fellows Program continues YSOP's mission of engaging young people in direct service, while encouraging their development as the future leaders of non-profit organizations. The YSOP Fellows Program requires a one-year commitment. YSOP offers Fellows $15,000 as a Living Allowance, $76/month for commutation and other travel expenses, and participation in YSOP’s medical insurance plan. YSOP Fellows receive 10 days of vacation and 10 days of medical or personal leave. Upon completion of 1,700 hours of service, YSOP Fellows may be eligible to receive a $4,725 AmeriCorps Education Award from the Corporation of National and Community Service and enrollment may also permit them to defer payment of outstanding student loans for the duration of their YSOP service.

Teaching Opportunities:

Chicago Teaching Fellows

Provides a pathway for outstanding individuals to become teachers in Chicago Public Schools and to significantly impact the academic achievement of our city’s children.

The DC Teaching Fellows

Currently mobilizing talented, motivated individuals to become teachers in DC Public Schools.  Use your skills and knowledge to impact the lives of children in the city.

Inner-City Teaching Corps (ICTC)

“ICTC Volunteer Teaching Corps places recent college graduates as classroom teachers in the inner-city of Chicago.”  Volunteers serve for two years and participate in a specially designed summer training program for non-education majors teaching in the inner city.  

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme

“The JET Programme was started with the purpose of increasing mutual understanding between the people of Japan and the people of other nations. It aims to promote internationalization in Japan's local communities by helping to improve foreign language education and developing international exchange at the community level.”  Participants either work in governmental and related organizations or instruct Japanese students in English language education.  The length of service is one year, and can be renewed for up to three years.  JET provides compensation equivalent to yearly Japanese living expenses. 

The Learning Project Elementary Internship Program

Provides six individuals with a rich opportunity to work directly with experienced Head Teachers and to learn first hand about teaching at the elementary level.  

MATCH Corps

The MATCH Corps is an urban education service year program at the MATCH High and Middle Schools, both open-admission Charter Public Schools in Boston, MA.  The MATCH mission is to close the academic achievement gap that our almost entirely minority student body faces, and prepare each of the urban youths at our school to succeed in college.

Math for America

The MƒA Fellowship is a five-year program where recent college graduates teach math in public secondary schools. The program includes one year earning a master’s degree in education and four years of teaching math in public secondary schools. The MƒA Fellowship provides a full tuition scholarship, annual stipends of up to $100,000 over five years, in addition to a full time teacher’s salary, and mentoring and professional development services.

Philadelphia Teaching Fellows

The Philadelphia Teaching Fellows are looking for individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences interested in joining the movement to bring teaching excellence and student achievement to new heights in the School District of Philadelphia. Fellows teach in high-need schools and earn a full-time salary while attending classes to earn their teaching certification.

teachNOLA Fellows

teachNOLA Teaching Fellows seeks the nation's most outstanding recent college graduates to significantly impact education by teaching in New Orleans public schools. The reconfiguration of the city's schools following Hurricane Katrina provides a historic opportunity to transform one of the nation's lowest performing school systems.

World Teach

As a WorldTeach volunteer teacher, you will witness firsthand the challenges and rewards of education in a developing country.

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