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April 2013


Education Incentives for Alumni A Top Priority

Where and how to use the Eli Segal Education Award are amongst the most consistent questions alumni have after completing their AmeriCorps term of service. That’s why AmeriCorps Alums is proud to launch our Universities of Service program in 2013, formalizing our work in advancing two priority areas that are critical to alumni and the national service community:

1. Colleges and Universities should see national service alumni as top tier candidates who have ‘real-world’ experience gained in AmeriCorps which sets them apart from their peers.
2. Colleges and Universities should recognize the contributions made during national service by providing matching benefits to the Segal Education Award, as well as additional scholarship opportunities and application fee waivers.

A great example of this is the Carnegie Mellon University H. John Heinz III College, which offers AmeriCorps alumni enrolled $6,000 to $10,000 per semester in additional scholarships. Ramayya Krishnan, Dean at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College, sees the valuable perspective service alumni add to the school community.

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Career Corner: Transfering AmeriCorps Skills To Your Job 

by Ashley Romanias, AmeriCorps '10

After completing a year of service with AmeriCorps (State ’10), I started a new job as the pro bono coordinator at an international law firm. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was excited to learn about the structure and operation of the firm’s pro bono practice. I had no idea how much work went into this operation, but quickly learned how valuable and applicable my AmeriCorps skills would be in my daily work.

During my AmeriCorps year, I started an afterschool theatre and dance program for a group of 5th-8th grade students living in poverty in Virginia. I learned how to write curriculum, design and manage a program, and oversee groups of volunteers. I also recruited student participants and guest instructors. I spent many hours talking to artists, developing program content, and visiting students in their homes.

These managing and design skills apply directly to my work as pro bono coordinator. Part of my current job involves clearing conflicts for new pro bono matters. In a given day, I may work on as many as 10-15 potential new matters. My AmeriCorps experience taught me how to manage many projects at once, and to thrive while wearing several hats.

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Top 5 AmeriCorps Alums Webinars

Over the last year, AmeriCorps Alums has built a steady line-up of  professional development webinars, all aimed at equipping alumni and current AmeriCorps members with tools they can use to advance their professional lives.  As a reminder, all of these webinars are recorded, and archived for your review and playback.  You can view the archives here.

Here are the links to our top 5 most viewed webinars- click each link to watch:

1. Translating AmeriCorps Onto Your Resume
2. The Effective Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
3. LinkedIn And Your Career
4. Choosing a Graduate School Concentration
5. Best New Jobs Suited For AmeriCorps Alums

In This Issue

Alums Education Incentives
Career Corner
Top 5 AC Alums Webinars
April Career Webinar

April Career Webinar: Exploring Post-AmeriCorps Opportunities Overseas

Register Now for April's Career WebinarConsidering your next move after AmeriCorps and thinking about going abroad? As you explore your post-AmeriCorps options, you might consider leveraging the skills and perspectives that you’ve gained during your AmeriCorps term by seeking to apply them on a global scale. Join this webinar to learn more about your options for engaging in meaningful, effective service and work abroad, from volunteering overseas to international education to global careers.


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