The mission of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in direct service to strengthen communities, address critical needs, and increase volunteerism. The Commonwealth Corps provides opportunities for skill building, leadership development, and encourages and enhances a lifelong civic vocation for Corps members. Corps members provide direct service, build capacity, and recruit, organize and mobilize additional volunteers, thus building a grassroots movement of volunteers dedicated to service.
Commonwealth Corps members serve for 10.5 months in a half-time capacity* at one of our host site partner agencies in the areas of Economic Opportunity/Workforce Development, Health & Nutrition, or Youth Development/Youth Violence Prevention. What all Corps Members have in common is a desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities and the Commonwealth. Although members connect across the Massachusetts as part of a statewide Corps, each host site has different roles and goals for its members.
We are currently recruiting for the 2020-2021 service term from August 17, 2020, through June 26, 2021. Interested candidates will need to apply directly to the host site(s) of interest, for the particular position(s) of interest, by following the application instructions in the corresponding position description(s) found here: http://bit.ly/joincommcorps. Application deadlines are rolling, so please apply ASAP!
2020-2021 Full-Time Commonwealth Corps Positions:
Economic Opportunity Focus Area:
• Commonwealth Corps Community Fellows (3), Matahari Women Workers Center (Boston)
Health & Nutrition Focus Area:
• Commonwealth Corps Volunteer Engagement Specialist (Community Garden), Regional Environmental Council (Worcester)
• Commonwealth Corps Volunteer Engagement Specialist (Groups), Regional Environmental Council (Worcester)
• Commonwealth Corps Volunteer Engagement Specialist (Youth), Regional Environmental Council (Worcester)
Youth Development Focus Area:
• Commonwealth Corps Safe Homes North Coordinators (3), Open Sky Community Services (Fitchburg)
• Commonwealth Corps Program Facilitators (4), South Coast Youth Courts (New Bedford)
Host site partners will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. Host site partners welcome applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Commonwealth Corps Member for the 2020-2021 program year, but aren't sure which position is right for you, please register your general interest in the program here (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JoinCommCorps).
Feel welcome to reach out to Commonwealth Corps Program Associate Julianne DeFilippis (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
*Full-time positions also available, see separate listing.
College Credit, Stipend, Training
• Stipend of $400 semi-monthly (twice per month) while in service, up to $8,400, minus taxes and withholdings;
• Member assistance program, including unlimited, confidential, 24/7, phone counseling services and up to three free, in-person counseling sessions, plus a lot more;
• Completion award of up to $1,500 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings;
• Training and other professional development opportunities, including outside training stipend up to $100;
• Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities;
• Limited travel reimbursement from their host site for certain service-related travel away from their usual service location, according to that agency's policies;
• The opportunity for at least 5 days of planned absences (may include holidays);
• Opportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program; and
• Any other benefits specified by the host site.
*Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.
Less than High School Completed
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
• Massachusetts residency and legal authorization to work in the United States
• 18 years of age or older
• Experience with or interest in volunteerism and community engagement
• Ability to balance service commitment with other family/work/school/community commitments in a sustainable way
• Site-specific qualifications detailed in their individual position descriptions
*Additional qualifications, including education level, varies for each Host Site, ranging from GED/HiSET to Bachelor's degree.
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check