The mission of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in direct service to rebuild communities and address unmet community needs. 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 full-time capacity* at one of 16 host site partner agenencies in the areas of Economic Opportunity/Workforce Development, Education, Health & Nutrition, or Youth Development.
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.
For a full list of host site organizations and position descriptions please visit: bit.ly/JoinCommCorps.
*Half-time positions also available, see separate listing.
• Complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of service, serving from August 15, 2019, through June 27, 2020.
• Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6 total, post-orientation) and your host site, including a new member orientation on August 15 & 16, 2019.
• Participate in a minimum of 1 hour of MSA-related activities each week (in person or virtually).
• Complete the host-site-specific responsibilities detailed in their individual position descriptions.
Community Need Addressed
Members serve across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to expand the scale, reach, efficiency, or effectiveness of programs and organizations. Member activities achieve lasting positive outcomes for the beneficiary populations served by organizations in a variety of focus areas and regions.
Commonwealth Corps Members will engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in service to strengthen communities, address unmet community needs, and increase volunteerism.
Health coverage, Stipend, Training
Full-time Commonwealth Corps Members, with 1,500 hours of service required, receive a taxable biweekly (every other week) stipend for the time they’re actively in service of $750, up to $15,750, minus taxes and withholdings.
Full-time Commonwealth Corps members are also eligible, upon satisfactory completion of length of term/hours of service, for a taxable completion award (not restricted to education) up to $2,500 (minus taxes and withholdings).
Skills you will gain
Public speaking, time management, resume/cover letter building, networking, leadership, stress management, cultural competency, mindfulness, and many more!
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Improvise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization