After Graduation

Community engagement doesn’t stop once graduation comes. Students every year choose to go into volunteer/service programs because of the work they have done at Allegheny. In 2017, 18 graduating students went into these types of programs. For additional information on how to apply, contact the Career Education Office.

The Lake Effect Leaders AmeriCorps VISTA Project

Offered as a post-graduate service opportunity, the Lake Effect Leaders AmeriCorps VISTA Project is a multi-county intermediary Program Grant which serves as a pipeline for nonprofit leadership development. Led by a partnership consisting of Allegheny College, Gannon University, Mercyhurst University and Penn State Behrend, the program professionally equips AmeriCorps VISTA members to serve critical capacity-building functions in nonprofit organizations, government agencies and educational institutions in order to eliminate poverty. VISTA members commit to one year of service and receive a living allowance, professional development training, networking opportunities, loan deferment with paid interest, an education award of over $6,000 and much more. Please contact Project Director Eva Thomas at with any questions
Lake Effect Leaders – AmeriCorps VISTA Project

Peace Corps

Peace Corps Volunteers leave a legacy in the lives of the community members they reach, educate, and inspire. Some of those young people grow up to be extraordinary leaders, including engineers, doctors, and government officials. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers have gone on to achieve extraordinary success in all kinds of fields. Some, inspired by their service, stay in education or health-related professions, or choose to join the Foreign Service. Others pursue careers in business, from entrepreneurial startups to management at major companies. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are working as journalists, writers, members of Congress, and even astronauts. For more information, visit the Peace Corps website.

Teach For America

People who are accepted into Teach For America are called corps members. Corps members commit to teaching for two years in a high-needs urban or rural community to expand educational opportunities for kids. Corps members teach everything from Pre-K to 12th grade and all subjects areas. After the two-year commitment is over, whether you stay in the classroom or pursue a different career, you’re considered TFA alumni. Through the experience, you develop incredible skills and meaningful relationships that help further personal and professional goals. For more information, visit the Teach for America website.

City Year

City Year helps students build an ever-expanding sense of who they are, why they matter and who they want to become. You’ll be responsible for supporting students by helping them learn about themselves, what they’re interested in and what they’re capable of doing. As a City Year AmeriCorps member, you’ll work long days within a complex school system with many partners and stakeholders. You will manage relationships and expectations with teammates, school staff, partner teachers, students, families and the school district.

Schools were designed to provide additional supports for only 15% of students, but in high-need communities, 50% or more of students need additional support. As an AmeriCorps member you will help bridge the gap between what students need and what schools are designed to provide. With a holistic approach, City Year serves students, schools and entire communities. For more information, visit the City Year website

PULSE Pittsburgh

PULSE invites talented university graduates to partner with Pittsburgh nonprofits to develop the next generation of servant leaders in our city. Nonprofit partners receive a young, talented, university graduate to build capacity in their organization while participants receive valuable job training and skill development. PULSE cultivates a sense of community by having our participants live together, sharing meals, household tasks, and life together. As a result, they grow and develop as individuals and as a group of young people working to make change in Pittsburgh. PULSE trains and equips their participants to become servant leaders in Pittsburgh. They provide ongoing personal and professional development, mentoring relationships, and other opportunities to give participants the support they need to succeed. For more information, visit they PULSE Pittsburgh website