In honor of the 20th anniversary of Americorp, Americorp’s National Civilian Community Corps conducted a ground-breaking study that showed:
Volunteers have a 27 percent higher likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers.
Volunteers without a high school diploma have a 51 percent higher likelihood of finding employment.
Volunteers living in rural areas have a 55 percent higher likelihood of finding employment
Additionally, according to 264 organizations who responded to a NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) 2014 survey, 64.7 percent of their interns were offered full-time positions. Seventy-nine percent of those offers were accepted by the interns.
Try out volunteering for a nonprofit to gain valuable work experience. If you are a high school or college student, service learning is often part of a graduation requirement. In addition to direct service to the society, you can learn transferable skills such as organizing, public relations, marketing tech support, and even accounting. These skills
and your volunteer experience are important assets to include in your resume and interviews. You may also find these experiences lead you to network with people who will see you as a candidate for a great job.
If you can’t find opportunities through your local college, the following websites offer a variety of service and internship experiences:
Here are two websites for organizations wishing to post a volunteer opportunity to multiple colleges: