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Post-Grad Volunteering

What are you doing after graduation?

Before you jump head first into the corporate world or get stuck behind a desk,

think about a year of volunteer service!

There are a lot of great reasons to do a year or two of full-time volunteering. Plus your parents will want to know why you're working for a small stipend and living expenses.

Why Volunteer?
Beyond UD Post-grad Volunteer Panel

In case you missed the Beyond UD Post-grad Volunteer Panel on February 15, you can now watch it on Zoom.

The panel features UD grads and staff who have served with Amate House in Chicago (Rose Rucoba), Marianist PULSE in Dayton (Dominic Sanfilippo), Lalanne in Michigan (Jade Raad), Americorps in Dayton (Carl Soares and Kayla Lenahan), Rostro de Cristo in Ecuador (Cheyenne Palmer), and Peace Corps in China (Sky Lantz-Wagner). Each panelist spoke for about 5 minutes on their experience and then responded to students' questions.

View the video here


To make the right volunteer choice, it's essential to get reliable information and speak to informed people. You can find good resources and supportive people right here on campus.

  • Nick Cardilino can help you get started. He can explore with you your reasons for considering a volunteer year, your service and location preferences, and help to match you with some organizations that offer what you're looking for. He can also put you in touch with UD grads who are presently volunteering and some who have returned.
  • Every fall, the Beyond UD Fair brings representatives from dozens of post-grad volunteer programs to campus for you to speak to. This year's fair is virtual on Handshake on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 2:00-4:30 pm. You can have 10 minute long one-on-one meetings with representatives and/or go to some 30 minute presentations on the various programs there. You'll get a ton of information without feeling any pressure to commit. Sign up early on Handshake to make your meeting reservations. Don't miss it!
  • The Beyond UD Panel Supper annually features a panel of 4-6 former and current volunteers with a wide variety of experiences. Some have volunteered overseas; others in the U.S. Some have served in faith-based programs; others in government-run or civic programs. Some have lived in community with other volunteers; others have lived alone or found their own roommate. Each will speak for about 5 minutes about their experience. The rest of the evening is open to questions from all of those who come to learn more about volunteering. This year, the supper will be in early February. Check back here for the date and time, and to find out if it will be in-person or virtual.
  • Check out the web links below
...or how about a social justice-oriented internship?

You can spend a summer or a semester doing service or social justice advocacy work. Some of these are paid; some aren't. Some are full-time; others are part-time. But from time to time, we learn of internships that would be great experiences for those interested in making a difference in the world.

Check out these opportunities

Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

Liberty Hall
300 College Park Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408
CSC Website