It is normal to feel uncertain about your post-UConn journey. Should you go to graduate school or get a job? Should you stay in the United States or go abroad? One opportunity for you to consider is one to two years of professional service after graduation. There are organizations around the world that offer young professionals the opportunity to serve with communities and organizations to make a lasting and positive impact. These opportunities exist in nearly every sector from education to software development. Serving after graduation gives you the opportunity to explore your areas of interest, give back, develop professionally, and learn from those you are serving. The benefits for service members range from professional development opportunities to federal loan forgiveness and education awards. It is encouraged that you carefully research each organization. To get you started below is a list of service organizations sponsored by the federal government that offer meaningful service experiences and robust service member benefits.
(descriptions from organization websites)
AmeriCorps VISTA Members build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.
City Year Members serve hands-on with students, supporting them both inside and outside of the classroom and play a pivotal role in helping them reach graduation and beyond.
Peace Corps Volunteers immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.
Teach For America Corps Members teach in partner public schools across the country giving students in low-income communities the opportunities that a great education offers.