12 volunteer service positions for 11 months.
Each year, the Washington AIDS Partnership (WAP) recruits and mentors a team of 12 young people who provide full-time direct volunteer service in the community for 11 months. The Health Corps program began 21 years ago as an AmeriCorps program, and has mentored over 200 young people since its founding. WAP is currently recruiting candidates for the 2017-2018 Health Corps team—people who are passionate about public health, and want to work hard to make a difference in D.C. Health Corps members will start their year of service in Washington, D.C. with a week of training and orientation August 7-11, 2017, and wrap up the service year on July 13, 2018.
Members are placed at different agencies in the Nation’s capital, and provide important health services related to HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections or STIs, health education, and so much more. Duties and responsibilities vary by placement but can include: HIV and STI testing, risk reduction counseling, health education for schools and community groups, syringe exchange services, and quality of life/care services such as case management, transportation, and food delivery to persons living with HIV/AIDS. Members work four days out of the week at their host agency, and then come together to do a service project as a team on the fifth day of the week. Visit our website to meet the current team members, learn more about their host agencies, and read about their experiences and all of the amazing things they have accomplished.
Health Corps members have access to mentorship and support, as well as hands-on public health experience in a challenging, diverse work environment. They work directly with high-risk populations, HIV positive individuals, persons who inject drugs—people of all ages and backgrounds. They also collaborate with coworkers on important projects, and make a real impact in the agencies and community where they serve. After a year of service, team members go on to accomplish amazing things. Of the alums, 34% have gone on to study and practice in the healthcare field and 26% continue to work in public health. Others serve as teachers, professors, lawyers, social workers, and policy makers. Alums describe their service year as “a tremendous growing experience,” “the most meaningful year of my life” and “truly formative—it changed my entire career plan.”
Benefits include a $17,200 stipend and bonus upon completion of the full service year and program requirements. Members also have access to excellent shared housing that is subsidized by WAP.
Four-year college degree required. You must be a US citizen or permanent legal resident. Candidates must have an interest in HIV/AIDS work, but no experience is necessary. Selection to our program is extremely competitive and we only accept applicants that demonstrate a clear commitment to service and social justice, an interest in serving diverse populations, strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to adapt to new and challenging settings. WAP is looking for hardworking, passionate young people who are excited to get to work, collaborate, and make a difference in D.C. Of the 12 placements, there are two where speaking Spanish is a plus or required.
How to apply
Download and complete the Health Corps application located here on WAP’s website. Email your completed application and a copy of your resume to WAP Program Associate Julie Goldstein at email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through the fall and spring, so early applicants may have an advantage.