Post Graduation Opportunities

What Will You Do After Loyola?

Life after college can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. 

This page is designed to give you information that will aid you in the process.  Below is information and links for several post-graduation service and teaching opportunities.  Listen to your heart, stay informed and note the deadlines!

Jesuit Volunteer Corps  

Do you want to learn about a new place? Do you want to give back to your community? Want to live with people who are committed to a similar mission and goal?  If you answered yes to any of these questions than the Jesuit Volunteer Corps might be a new answer! JVC is a volunteer program based on the 4 values of Social Justice, Community, Spirituality and Simple Living. You can work for one year or two in one of 50 cities and 6 countries. JVs work for and with people who are homeless, unemployed, refugees, people with AIDS, the elderly, street youth, abused women and children, the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled.  For more information, CLICK on their WEBSITE.  

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest  

Similar to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, JVC Northwest connects women and men with one or more years of volunteer service that focus on the core values of community, spirituality, simple living and social and ecological justice. JVC Northwest provides opportunities for young, motivated individuals to reach out to persons living on the margins of society and vulnerable places throughout the Pacific Northwest. Jesuit Volunteers have the opportunity to live and serve with partner agencies in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.  For more information, CLICK on their WEBSITE

Catholic Volunteer Network

How Will You Respond?

Would you like to make a difference in your community, the country, or the world? Do you want to serve those in need and work for social justice? With nearly 200 programs and thousands of opportunities, RESPONSE, the most comprehensive guide of faith-based service opportunities is now available—and it’s free. Volunteers serve full-time for periods of one week to one year or more across the United States and in more than 100 countries worldwide.  For more information, CLICK on their WEBSITE.  

ACE:  Alliance for Catholic Education

Are you interested in serving as a Catholic school teacher while working towards a master's degree in education?  Then you should consider ACE’s Service through Teaching program, facilitated by the University of Notre Dame   The program, which begins in the summer, includes academic preparation and classroom experience leading to a master’s degree in education, plus a distinctive formation program that integrates professional development, community life, and spiritual growth.  For more information, CLICK on their WEBSITE


Loyola University Chicago Opportunities In Catholic Education (LU-CHOICE) is a two-year service-teaching program for college graduates whose mission is to advance, develop and sustain Catholic education by educating, placing and supporting talented college graduates in elementary classrooms in the Archdiocese of Chicago. LU-CHOICE teachers live out their faith and embody the Jesuit ideal of being men and women for others through service to their schools and dedication to their community.  For more information, CLICK on their WEBSITE.

TFA: Teach for America

Teach For America (TFA) is an American non-profit organization that recruits recent college graduates and professionals to teach for two years in low-income communities throughout the United States.  TFA seeks individuals from all backgrounds, majors, and professional experiences who have what it takes to excel as teachers and improve the quality of education for children growing up in low-income communities.  Click on the link to their website to find out more.  


The Peace Corps

Peace Corps service is a life-defining leadership experience. Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America's most precious resource – its people. Volunteers serve in 77 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Peace Corps Volunteers live, learn, and work with a community overseas for 27 months, providing technical assistance in six program areas: education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture, and environment.  For more information, CLICK on their WEBSITE 


Notre Dame Echo Program

Echo is a dynamic two-year experience of service and apprenticeship that prepares tomorrow’s leaders in faith formation.  Participants in Echo have the opportunity to engage in on-going academic, professional-ministerial, communal, and spiritual formation while serving at a parish in one of our partner dioceses.  This ongoing formation and hands-on experience enables apprentices to develop the skills, insights, and capacities that help promote the catechetical mission of the Catholic Church.  For more information, CLICK on their WEBSITE


Important Application Deadlines

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Domestic & International:  Applications to JVC are available from September to March.

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest :  The application for the service year are available in the fall with a priority deadline of March 1, but has rolling admissions until all sites are filled until mid-July.  

Catholic Volunteer Network:  Rolling application.  

ACE- Alliance for Catholic Education:  To receive additional information about ACE and important upcoming dates, fill out a request for information HERE

TFA- Teach for America:  The final deadline to apply to the TFA corps is in late fall.  The online application for TFA is available each late summer.  

Notre Dame Echo Program:  Echo Applications are available each fall.