More and more students are considering taking a year or two following graduation to work with a domestic or international service agency. These programs are an excellent way to build up professional experience, make a very real difference in the world, and discern where your gifts and aspirations lie.
Most post-graduate programs run 1-2 years, include housing and a stipend, and allow you to defer student loans. Some will also assist with travel expenses.
There are numerous opportunities for graduate service - both locally and abroad - that might be of interest to you once you have graduated from Saint Mary’s. If you are interested in learning more about these, please make an appointment in the OCSE office, 220 Student Center.
One such program that currently exists is the Ghana Post-Graduate Program started in summer 2009. Two Saint Mary's graduates (Katie Yohe and Megan Ryan) traveled to Ghana, West Africa to live with the Sisters for a full year and teach in the local school run by the Sisters of the Holy Cross community. The year was challenging, life-changing, joyful, and transformative. Because it worked out so well, the Sisters and the College have committed to this program for the foreseeable future. This year, three members of the Class of 2013, Liz, Monica, and Julie, are in Ghana to teach in the school.
Recruitment for the post-graduate program begins the the fall semester and carries through the spring. There is an application process that includes essays and faculty/staff recommendations. The successful applicant will also be required to obtain a Visa as well as vaccinations.
To learn more about the program and how our graduates have fared over in Africa, I encourage you to read the blog posted by Megan and Katie during their time abroad. You will see the link below. If you are inmterested in applying for the program, write to the OCSE Assistant Director (Jessica Bulosan) at email@example.com