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 full-time or half-time capacity at one of 17 Host Site Partners in the areas of Economic Opportunity/Workforce Development, Education, 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.
Our 2020-2021 host site partners and positions will be announced in early April. To learn more about the overall program and past host sites and members, please visit http://bit.ly/JoinCommCorps. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Commonwealth Corps member or would like to be alerted when the 2020-2021 positions become available, please register your general interest in the program here (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JoinCommCorps), and reach out to Commonwealth Corps Program Associate Julianne DeFilippis (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
*Half-time positions also available, see separate listing.
College Credit, Health coverage, Stipend, Training
• Stipend of $800 every other week while in service, up to $16,800, minus taxes and withholdings;
• Health insurance (individual coverage only; no monthly premium);
• 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 $3,000 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 10 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