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August 2012: Issue No. 9

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University has had a longstanding tradition of recognizing volunteer service through AmeriCorps. SPEA’s residential graduate programs have enrolled 51 AmeriCorps alumni over the past five years.

SPEA, the #2 ranked school of public affairs by U.S. News and World Report, is now offering an online graduate program through SPEA Connect that allows AmeriCorps alumni access to our nationally ranked graduate program from anywhere in the world. SPEA Connect allows AmeriCorps alumni access to a top-ranked public affairs program that will allow you to continue your career and making a difference in your community while learning new skills and enhancing your public affairs expertise.
"We believe our online graduate programs are an ideal fit for AmeriCorps alumni given their dedication to public service, whether they are located in Washington DC or in a rural or urban community. SPEA Connect allows AmeriCorps alumni to further their knowledge and career prospects without having to leave their families and jobs,” said Online Director and Distinguished Professor James Perry.
  • Waiver of three credit hours per year of AmeriCorps service (up to 6 hours) from the MPA degree requirements. The 6 credit waiver is valued at $5,600 to out-of-state students
  • Access to top-ranked graduate programs (#2 Overall, #1 Nonprofit Management, #3 Public Management)
  • Career development resources
  • Access to elite faculty members
  • Learn on your schedule from any location
  • Online flexibility and convenience

SPEA alumni go on to serve their communities and country in a variety of public, private and nonprofit careers.

Overall, the nonprofit workforce is growing. According to the 2012 Nonprofit Employment Trends SurveyTM 43% of nonprofits surveyed planned to hire in 2012, up from 34% in 2010. Additionally, nonprofit employment increased during the recession while the for-profit workforce declined during that same reporting period. This highlights a strong demand for nonprofit services, even in weak economic times. So, where are the opportunities in the nonprofit sector?

Based on the percentage of organizations surveyed, the following fields are expected to create new positions in 2012:
  • Health (49%)
  • Environment and Animals (41%)
  • Arts, Culture and Humanities (41%)
  • Public/Societal Benefit (35%)
  • Human Services (48%)
  • Education (41%)
  • Religion Related (40%)
  • Mutual/Membership Benefit (31%)
  • Based on a percentage of organizations surveyed, anticipated growth areas include:
    • Direct Services (frontline employees)- 35% of organizations surveyed anticipated growth in 2012
    • Program Management/Support- 30% of organizations surveyed anticipated growth in 2012
    • Fundraising/Development- 30% of organizations surveyed anticipated growth in 2012
    • Marketing/Communications- 22% of organizations surveyed anticipated growth in 2012
    • Education/Community Outreach- 21% of organizations surveyed anticipated growth in 2012
    • Member/Consistuent Services- 14% of organizations surveyed anticipated growth in 2012
    • Advocacy- 15% of organizations surveyed anticipated growth in 2012
    • Finance/Administration/Operations-14% of organizations surveyed anticipated growth in 2012


    During the past decade, the nonprofit sector has shown employment growth, perhaps offering insight to the value that the Millenial generation places on careers that make a positive difference in their community. Perhaps more importantly, this data could be a clue that highlights a shift in how American society views the services provided by nonprofits, a shift that says nonprofit services are not just a "nice to have," but rather a "necessary to have."

    1- All data taken from the 2012 Nonprofit Employment Trends SurveyTM


    Looking to find your first job after AmeriCorps or even transition into a new job? The AmeriCorps Alums Career Center was created as a niche career site for jobs that are tailored to the skillsets of our alumni. The Career Center is available to all registered members of, and comes equipped with your own personalized career search center. Here you can:

    • Save multiple resumes and cover letters
    • Create customized job alerts that will notify you by email of new jobs posted that match your search preferences
    • Access the Career Resources Content Library
    • Search for job opportunities by location, job function, and industry

    Additionally, if your organization is looking to hire qualified candidates, we've got that covered as well. Our Employer Center allows employers to view resumes, post jobs, and manage the hiring process from a centralized online location. With a foundation that is rooted in AmeriCorps, our alumni are building on their service experience to matriculate into positions of leadership, making them highly employable at all levels and across all sectors. Hire an alum today!

    Professional Development Webinar

    On Wednesday, August 22, 2012, from 12PM to 1M Eastern time, AmeriCorps Alums will host a professional development webinar that is aimed at helping you to effectively utilize your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. We expect to cover the technical elements of utilizing your Ed Award, such as reimbursement requests, gaining access to the My AmeriCorps portal, and what schools are eligible. Click here to register.

    How will the webinar focus on AmeriCorps alumni?
    Many alumni use their Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, but can find it difficult to navigate the technical aspects of using the Education Award. We'll cover the key elements to be aware of when considering the use of your Segal AmeriCorps Ed Award. To register, click here now.
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