We operate two AmeriCorps programs:
- The Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) program is an 11-month program operating from September – July. Residents are young professionals with up to five years of work experience after graduating from college. Learn more and apply as a Resident in Social Enterprise.
The Summer Fellowship program is an 11-week summer program operating from June – August.
- Summer Fellows are undergraduate students, and recent college graduates. Learn more and apply as a Summer Fellow.
- Senior Summer Fellows are Master's program candidates who have completed a year of study and have 2+ years of work experience. Learn more and apply as a Summer Fellow.
New Sector AmeriCorps Program Participants (Residents and Fellows) are selected from a competitive applicant pool to provide Boston, San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago organizations ("host sites") support that enhances the organizations' service to their constituents. Residents engage in capacity-building projects such as measuring impact, developing collaborations and partnerships, promoting effective use of technology, engaging volunteers, and expanding communication and strategic marketing efforts. We develop each project in coordination with host sites to ensure a substantive, high-impact experience that benefits the host site and larger community, while building the program participant’s character as well as leadership, civic engagement and professional skills.
Why become a New Sector AmeriCorps program participant?
To build your professional social impact skills and character, while building a nonprofit’s capacity and being part of the national service movement!
- Support a nonprofit organization in furthering its capacity to improve people’s lives through Education, Economic Opportunity, Environmental Stewardship, Promoting Healthy Futures, Disaster Services, and Veteran Support.
- Develop your professional skills for working in the Social Change field. Skills addressed have helped our alumni further their careers in Nonprofit Leadership, Management Consulting, Private Sector Work, Volunteerism and through graduate school in Business, Law, Public Health, and beyond!
- Learn from and with an exceptional cohort of other New Sector AmeriCorps program participants, all dedicated to enhancing Social Impact.
- Receive exclusive mentor support for a management consultant and/or non-profit leader.
- Benefit from the support of program staff, dedicated to supporting you in your success in your placement, your project, and your professional goals.
Our Cohort Model
New Sector believes the strength of our programs rests in our program participants. Cohorts are designed to build upon one another’s skills and experiences, and colleagues support and challenge one another throughout the program. To enable the cohort model to flourish, program participants participate in biweekly small-group, peer-facilitated Learning Teams that provide a support network and a more intimate forum for sharing knowledge, ideas, successes and challenges, and gaining support from New Sector staff or experienced volunteers. During the Summer Fellows program, Senior Summer Fellows facilitate one or two Learning Teams as part of their service.
New Sector AmeriCorps Programs versus Consulting
Although New Sector Alliance was incubated within Accenture and founded as a nonprofit consulting firm, the RISE and Fellows programs differ from traditional nonprofit consulting in a number of key ways. At New Sector, we think of consulting and being a full-time employee as a spectrum, rather than as two separate roles--Residents and Fellows fall somewhere along that spectrum. Perhaps the best way to understand the programs is to think of them as internal capacity-building: enhancing organizations' ability to deliver on their mission.
Important Application Dates
November 1, 2012: Applications open
December 14, 2012: Deadline for Round 1 applicants
December 16, 2012 - February 29, 2013: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis; offers will be made within 2.5 months whenever possible, and by May 1, 2013
March 1, 2013: Deadline for Round 2 applicants
March 1, 2013: Selected Round 1 applicants will receive offers
- May 5, 2013: Selected Round 2 applicants will receive offers (all else on a rolling basis)
- The Resident matching process for Boston and San Francisco will begin June 2013.
- June, 2013: Applications open for Chicago Residency in Social Enterprise Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I apply to more than one program or location?
No, you may only apply to one program and location.
To whom should I address my cover letter?
Applicants to the Boston program should address cover letters to Ariana Almas, 711 Atlantic Avenue, Lower Level, Boston, MA 02111.
Applicants to the San Francisco program should address cover letters to Brian Garshelis, 156 2nd St., San Francisco, CA 94105.
Applicants to the Chicago program should address cover letters to Jessica Paulsen, 4422 N. Ravenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640.
What is asked of the references I listed in my application?
References are sent an electronic form that details their relationship to the applicant.
How does the process for getting matched with a host site work?
See "Getting matched with a Resident or Fellow" on the following link: http://newsector.org/content/becoming-host-site-organization#Matching_process
What are some some types of capacity building projects that Residents/Fellows complete?