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Continuing the Mission

At Dominican University, you have learned the importance of the pursuit of truth, compassionate service and the creation of a more just and humane world; post-graduate service can be the next step in a life committed to these values. Spend a year or more in relationship with communities and organizations that share this vision of the world. Grow personally, professionally, and spiritually in a community of like-minded individuals. Find your place in the struggle for justice and human dignity.

Benefits of Post-Graduate Service
  • An opportunity to serve with and be in solidarity with those who are most marginalized in society
  • Real-world, professional experience in your field
  • Real-world, professional experience in a field you’re thinking of pursuing but are not yet certain
  • An opportunity to explore a career path before making the investment of graduate school
  • A supportive community-living situation
  • Spiritual development and growth (especially if choosing a faith-based program)
  • Networking, resume-building, mentoring
  • Monthly monetary stipends, health insurance, room & board, and/or other benefits (depending on the program)
  • Possibilities of loan-repayment and/or loan deferment
Areas of Service and Organizations

Service placements can include positions in areas including:

  • Nursing / health care
  • Education / teaching
  • Social Work / social services
  • ESL
  • Public policy / advocacy
  • Refugee resettlement
  • Elder care
  • Mentoring, tutoring services
  • And many more!
Next Steps

Each year, Dominican graduates commit a year or more to post-graduate service through programs such as  the Dominican Volunteers , Peace Corps,  AmeriCorps,  L'Arche, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and others, in both faith-based and secular settings.  Catholic Volunteer Network  has a reference magazine available in University Ministry and online or you can refer to the National Community Service database. Stop by the University Ministry Center to learn more about these opportunities or to pick-up some helpful resources. Our University Ministry staff is available to discern what might be the best fit for you.

University Ministry also hosts a post-graduate service panel each fall semester, and is available for ongoing support each spring. Representatives from various programs will be on-hand to answer questions, and general information will be shared about various volunteer program options and application processes. All juniors and seniors as well as other students already considering their post-graduate options are welcome to attend!

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