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MAY 2014


AMERICORPS ALUMS and the MPH@GW: From Direct Service to Public Health Leadership

This article is sponsored by MPH@GW, the online Master of Public Health program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. AmeriCorps alumni members who are accepted and enroll in MPH@GW are eligible for a $5,000 academic scholarship.

Like many AmeriCorps alumni, Zach Patinkin is passionate about improving the health of communities. Currently an MPH@GW student, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins and was looking to apply to medical school. It wasn’t until his experience as a City Year Boston Corps member in 2011, however, that he began considering a Master of Public Health. “During my AmeriCorps experience, I started to think of things not just on the one-to-one level, but on the population level. In order for programs like AmeriCorps to work and for people to support individuals, policies have to be put into place on a population level,” Patinkin said.

GW’s Master of Public Health program prepares students to improve the health of local, national and global communities. With MPH@GW, students and AmeriCorps alumni, like Patinkin, can earn the same, high-quality MPH degree online without leaving their community or their career.

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Ask the Career Coach: Tips for Writing Cover Letters...
by Denise Riebman (AmeriCorps '94; Dir. of Career Dev. & Alumni Services at George Washington Univ.)

This month Denise humorously discusses how to NOT write an effective cover letter in her column, “Tips for Writing Cover Letters that Get Ignored (or Advice You Want to IGNORE if You Want a Job!).”

Don’t Personalize the Letter
Forget internet searching, ignore your network and don’t contact the organization if you want to blend in with all the other applicants by not finding out the correct person to address your cover letter to for the job. However, if you do want to stand out and despite all your efforts, still can’t find the specific name, try “Dear Hiring Manager” rather than “To Whom It May Concern.”

Start the Letter with “My name is” or “I’m applying for xx that I saw on”
Your opening paragraph is your virtual handshake and a chance to grab the reader’s attention so immediately tell them why you are a great fit for this position and your interest in this field. Here are a couple of examples:

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The International Careers Series, Sponsored by IPSL

AmeriCorps Alums is launching an International Careers Series this summer to profile leading alumni who are pursuing international and intercultural careers while engaging the broader Alums community to consider this professional pathway. Sponsored by IPSL, an international graduate program that links volunteer service to the community and academic study, our International Cohort will be sharing their professional insights and experiences through a series of podcasts and blogs. Stay tuned for more information and register for the first International Series podcast by clicking here.
Exploring Philanthropy Careers

Interested in running a nonprofit, program management, fundraising, or public policy research? Our May Professional Development Webinar featured three AmeriCorps alums who are philanthropy experts and shared their insights on how to begin a career in philanthropy with a focus on fundraising. One panelist reframed fundraising as not simply asking for donations, but as “giving another person an opportunity to participate in the things you believe in.” The webinar was sponsored by Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the first and only school of philanthropic studies in the world. If you were unable to attend, but would like to learn more about how fundraising helps realize an organization’s mission or other philanthropic career opportunities, please click here to view on-demand.

In this issue

Career Coach: Cover Letters
Int'l Careers Series
Philanthropy Careers

Monthly Career Webinar:
Careers in Disaster Management

Join us for our July monthly professional development webinar as we explore disaster management careers. On Thursday, July 31st, we'll convene an all-star panel of AmeriCorps Alums with experience in disaster management and disaster relief. If you want to learn more about what a disaster career looks like, you don't want to miss this webinar. RSVP today!


Director of Administration
Sandra J. Wing Foundation
Pleasanton, CA

Donor Systems Coordinator
Overlake Medical Center
Bellevue, WA

Child Advocate
Pendleton Place

Greenville, SC

Community Projects Coordinator Dundalk Renaissance Corporation 
Dundak, MD

Executive Director
Sacramento LGBT Comm. Ctr.
Sacramento, CA

Community Manager
Houston, TX

Capital Campaign Manager
Idaho Youth Ranch

Boise, ID

Program Manager
Western Nat'l Parks Association

San Francicso, CA


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