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The December 2012 AmeriCorps Alums Career Newsletter Is Exclusively Sponsored by:
No 1: H. John Heinz III College
No 2: Career Corner: Executive Director
No 3: Find Your Dream Job
No 4: December Career Webinar: Networking

H. John Heinz III College: Where AmeriCorps Service Is Rewarded
Pittsburgh, PA  *  Washington, DC  * Los Angeles, CA  *  Adelaide, South Australia

Over the past 10 years, the Heinz College has provided over $1.5 million in scholarship support to AmeriCorps alumni pursuing graduate education at its world-renowned institution.  The Heinz College has long been committed to making a top-tier graduate education accessible to talented students.  Heinz College faculty recognize that those who serve through AmeriCorps’ various programs bring a level of experience, skills, and passion that enrich the graduate school experience for all; both inside and outside of the classroom.  Consistently ranked in the top 10 Best Public Affairs Schools by US News & World Report, the Heinz College is proud to be a top choice among corps members who wish to continue their service and commitment to the public good.

Through the Heinz College’s partnership with AmeriCorps, students are awarded a $6,000 to $10,000 per semester minimum scholarship for AmeriCorps alumni enrolling in any of its full-time master’s degree programs.

The Heinz College offers a variety of professional, skills-based management graduate degree programs.  Its aim is to prepare the next generation of leaders for a career with organizations such as local, state or federal government, non-profit organizations, NGO’s, consulting firms or as a social entrepreneur through graduates degree programs in:

Public Policy & Management
Health Care Policy & Management
Arts Management
Entertainment Industry & Management
Information Systems & Management
Information Security Policy & Management

To learn more, please create a propsective student account with the Office of Admissions.

Nisha Abraham
AmeriCorps Class of '00, '02
Heinz College '10
Read her story
Alana Cheeks-Lomax
AmeriCorps Class of '09
Heinz College '12
Read her story
Shannon Huang
AmeriCorps Class of '12
Heinz College '14
Read her story
Kyle Johnson
AmeriCorps Class of '10
Heinz College '12
Read his story

Career Corner: Applying My AmeriCorps Experience To My Role As An Executive Director
by Nakeisha Neal Jones, Executive Director at Public Allies DC

As an AmeriCorps member, I did not know that I was preparing to lead the organization where I served.   Yet there are many lessons learned from my year that impact me today.  A few of them are below. 

1)  Use my strengths.  As a member, I was an academic instructor in a YouthBuild program for young adults who were my age or older.  I tried to imitate others, but I became effective when I incorporated my own strengths.  Today, I constantly assess how my strengths can best support Public Allies, admit mistakes and change course when necessary.  

2)  Ideas are not enough.  The most challenging aspect from my year was a six month partnership between a community organization and eight members of my cohort.  Our team had lots of ideas. When our project fell through due to ineffective communication, we realized that ideas were not enough. I envision Public Allies Washington, DC, as a relevant, sustainable and recognized leadership pipeline for solving our region’s challenges.  Building systems and attracting resources are necessary to achieve this vision.  

3)  Build community.  Members of my cohort supported me and told me the truth whether or not I asked.  Some are lifelong friends. The Executive Director role can be isolating.  There are some conversations that you can not have with your board or staff.  I make time to build a community of honest colleagues that support and challenge me.

Fifteen years and counting, I am still using lessons learned from my AmeriCorps year.

Nakeisha Neal is the Executive Director of Public Allies DC.  She served her AmeriCorps term with Public Allies in 1997

Find Your Dream Job At The AmeriCorps Alums Career Center

The AmeriCorps Alums Career Center is a career hub built specifically with AmeriCorps alums in mind. The Career Center allows you to search for available jobs, create job alerts, upload resumes that are searchable by employers, and even provides access to other career resources.  Here are three reasons to start using the Career Center today:

1) You can customize your profile to your needs by setting up alerts that will be e-mailed to you when a job matching your preferences is posted.

2) There is no cost to you. 

3) Hundreds of employers post job opportunities on the AmeriCorps Alums Career Center to specifically recruit AmeriCorps alumni.

We encourage you to start using it today by clicking here.

December Career Webinar: Networking For AmeriCorps Members And AmeriCorps Alums

Back by popular demand, AmeriCorps alum and training expert, Denise Riebman, will conduct our December career development webinar on Thursday, December 13th from 12PM to 1PM eastern time.   This webinar is NOT about teaching how to introduce yourself to random people and is definitely NOT about being unauthentic.   This training IS about knowing who you are, what impact you want to have in this world and how to cultivate relationships to build social capital and continually pivot to meet your goals.  Building a strong network can profoundly affect your success in building partnerships, raising funds, engaging communities and being a leader in your field.  This highly engaging webinar, designed specifically for the AmeriCorps Alums community, will offer a new pragmatic perspective to building networks for lifelong impact.  To register, please click here now.
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