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Impact Your Community & Gain Valuable Skills with the Commonwealth Corps Service Internship Program!
The mission of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in service to strengthen communities, address unmet community needs, and increase volunteerism.
Commonwealth Corps Members will serve 10.5 months in a full- or half-time capacity at one of our 17 host site partners in the focus areas of Economic Opportunity/Workforce Development, Education, Health & Nutrition, or Youth Development. What they 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. (See below for individual host site details.)
Each host site partner manages its own member recruitment and selection. This process is ongoing, and interested applicants should contact the appropriate agencies ASAP to apply. A general sense of the responsibilities, qualifications, and benefits is described below, but the specific roles and responsibilities for each position/agency are available by clicking on the specific agency name here.
- Complete a minimum of 1,500 (full-time) or 750 (half-time) hours of service, serving from August 15, 2018, through June 29, 2019.
- 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, 2018.
- Participate in a minimum of 1 hour (full-time members) or 30 minutes (half-time members) of MSA-related activities each week (in person or virtually).
- Complete the host-site-specific responsibilities detailed in their individual position descriptions.
- 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 commitments in a sustainable way
- Host-site-specific qualifications detailed in their individual position descriptions.
Term of Service:
- Position Start Date: August 15, 2018
- Position End Date: June 29, 2019
- Service commitment will average 38-40 hours per week (full-time) or 18-20 hours per week (half-time), with details and schedules varying by site.
Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal offender and sexual offender background check.
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.
2018-2019 Host Site Partners:
Economic Opportunity/Workforce Development Focus Area:
- Boston Education, Skills & Training Corp. (Boston and Medford; Full-time)
- Economic Development Council of Western Mass (Springfield; Half-time)
- Lynn Shelter Association (Lynn; Full-time)
Education Focus Area:
- Children's Services of Roxbury (Boston; Full-time)
- Friends of the Rafael Hernandez School (Boston; Half-time)
- Mount Wachusett Community College (Gardner; Full-time)
- UTEC, Inc. (Lowell; Full-time)
- Westport River Watershed Alliance (Fall River, Taunton and Westport; Half-time)
- WriteBoston (Boston; Full-time)
Health and Nutrition Focus Area:
- Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (Lawrence and Methuen; Full-time)
- Madison Park Development Corporation (Boston; Half-time)
Youth Development Focus Area:
- Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell (Lowell; Full-time)
- Stipend of $550 (full-time) or $ 275 (half-time) every other week while in service, up to $13,200 (full-time) or $6,600 (half-time), minus taxes and withholdings;
- Health insurance (full-time members only, individual coverage only);
- Completion award of up to $2,500 (full-time) or $1,250 (half-time) upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings;
- Training and other professional development opportunities;
- 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 (full-time) or 5 (part-time) 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.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please contact the individual organization ASAP if you are interested in applying for a position with their agency. (For site-specific position descriptions, visit: www.mass-service.org/programs/cc/become-member.)
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Commonwealth Corps Member for the 2018-2019 program year but unsure about which specific host site(s) to apply to, please register your general interest in the program here.
Contact Amy Mulvena, Commonwealth Corps Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Julianne DeFilippis, Commonwealth Corps Program Assistant, at email@example.com.