How to apply

Become a Jesuit Volunteer. Jesuit Volunteers take on some of the world’s most difficult challenges in 32 communities! They live and work with those in need, permanently transforming themselves and the communities they serve. JVs give us an intense year or two, and we give them a sense of purpose to guide every year that follows. We cannot wait to meet you and begin your journey to JVC. Let’s get started!


The Jesuit Volunteer Corps encourages applications from candidates of all races, classes, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, languages, and physical abilities.


2020-22 Deadlines:


1st Deadline: November 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST  

2nd Deadline: February 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST 

Additional Year Volunteer Deadline: February 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST 

3rd Deadline: March 29, 2021 at 11:59 pm EDT (limited placement opportunities)


 You can always speak with a recruiter or receive updates by clicking here and completing our interest form!

Step 1: Create an account and apply

Log into our online application system. Apply by November 30 for priority consideration among our domestic placements. You must submit your application including transcripts and recommendation forms by (the latest) March 29 to still be considered for the 2020-22 program year.

Step 2: Initial interviews and JVC acceptance

Within a few weeks of your submitted application, you’ll interview with JVC Staff or a former Jesuit Volunteer. This is when you’ll first tell us about your preferences (if any) for field and region of service.

If you advance beyond that interview, you’ll be accepted into JVC and invited to the discernment process to further explore the mission and values of JVC. This includes steps like viewing a webinar and participating in group conversations with peers and JVC Staff. After these steps, you will continue on to your community and placement matching process. 

Step 3: Community and placement matching

Here’s where you let us know more in-depth about your interest and eligibility for volunteer positions and locations. For 1 year placements in the US, we will typically offer you five to eight placement sites, then you'll select your top three and interview with them. Applicants who do not apply by the first deadline may receive fewer placement matches. 

International Program Update
In March 2020, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps suspended its 2-year International Program due to COVID-19. We continue to communicate with our international Jesuit and Agency Partners, while monitoring and assessing responses to the global pandemic, including travel restrictions. 

At this time, JVC does not have sufficient information to determine when we will resume international placements. Therefore, we are not currently accepting applications to our International Program. All applicants must proceed with the 1-year (U.S placement) process.

Should information become available that allows us to open up our International Program application, we will notify any applicants remaining in our admissions process, as well as the larger public.

Step 4: Placement offer and onboarding

Upon successful matching with an agency partner, you will receive a final placement offer from JVC. If you accept your offer, we’ll begin the onboarding process to prepare you for JVC Orientation in the Summer of 2021  and your time as a Jesuit Volunteer.

Cleveland Jesuit Volunteers 2019-20


The Jesuit Volunteer Corps application is an opportunity to showcase your commitment to our aspirational mission and our four core values.

Core Components

You'll be asked to submit (1) unofficial transcripts (for those who have attended college); (2) a resume detailing your work-life experience, competencies and skills, and (3) a personal statement that details your interest in full-time service. Please note that these components of the application are made available to potential agency placements later in our process.

Short Answer Essays

The short answer essays give you the opportunity to explain your commitment and understanding of our four core values and our mission, as well as your interest in participating in a formation program. This portion of the application is the foundation for the first-round interviews.


Recommenders will fill out an online form that they will gain access to via email once you input their contact information in our system. The recommenders will assess your behavior and interpersonal skills, how you've grown during the time they've known you, and how you respond when receiving feedback or during stressful situations.

You’ll select three individuals to submit recommendation forms for you: (1) someone who has supervised you in an academic, professional, or organized extracurricular setting; (2) someone who can speak to your commitment to JVC’s broader mission and values (e.g., a faith leader, campus minister, service project leader); and (3) someone you have lived with as a roommate, excluding family members.

Los Angeles JV from ita ford working on administrative tasks at their placement site. (2016)

Placement Matching and Preferences

With 16 types of service spread across 32 communities! JVC has opportunities available for every interest.  

We understand how important it is for our volunteers to serve in a location and type of service that matches their interests and priorities. Nearly all of our admitted applicants receive offers within their top region and preferred type of service.


Interested in a certain city or type of role? Let us know and we’ll try our best to accommodate your request.


Here's how you'll tell us your preferences:

Application materials: Your short essay answers and personal statement let us know more about who you are and what’s important to you. Here’s where you can first tell us about a field or type of service in which you’re passionate or interested.  

First-round interview: During your initial interview, a former Jesuit Volunteer will ask you more about your background and interests to help narrow down potential types of service should you be accepted into JVC. If you’re interested in serving in a potential region or city, you can also let them know here. 

Community and placement survey: After participating in a first-round interview and small group discernment conversation, you will complete a community and placement survey to formally tell us where and how you’d like to serve. For 1 year US placements: we’ll use this survey, as well as information provided in previous conversations, to match you with 6-8 potential placements that reflect your preferences for geography and type of service. 

Placement interviews: For 1-year US placements: From our list of 5-8 roles, you’ll choose your top three options with which to interview. If you and an agency both agree that you'd like to move forward, we’ll formally offer you a position with them.  

Jesuit Volunteer Albuquerque JV House 2019-20


Now the fun begins! As soon as you accept your JVC placement offer, you’ll work with our admissions and programs teams to prepare for orientation and your term of service.

Meeting your Community

In the summer, you’ll be introduced to your new community members and meet the JVC program staff. By Orientation in summer, you will have everything you need to begin your term of service.


All Jesuit Volunteers are responsible for travel to Orientation. JVC will cover all costs of travel and lodging from Orientation to each volunteer’s city of service. After arriving in your city of service, you'll receive a local Orientation from JVC staff, Agency Supervisors, or former Jesuit Volunteers. 

Orientation for all 1-year volunteers serving in the US will be held in Summer of 2021. The first day of full-time service will begin shortly afterward in mid-August.

Placement Site Training

Each placement site varies in the level of training required for the Jesuit Volunteer to perform their day-to-day responsibilities. In instances where training is mandatory due to the laws in that state, there may be additional certifications, online courses or proficiency exams that you would complete prior to or upon arrival to your city of service.

Courtney Child (Milwaukee 2019-20)


JVC provides Jesuit Volunteers with the tools and resources they need to perform vital service. All Jesuit Volunteers receive housing, food, a modest monthly personal stipend, health insurance (if unavailable elsewhere), transportation which will vary depending on where you serve, menstrual products, and a relocation stipend at the end of their term of service.


To learn more about the Jesuit Volunteer experience browse the links below:


The Jesuit Volunteer Corps interview and placement process is one of mutual discernment and reflection.

Throughout the interview process applicants will be asked to consider their commitment to the JVC program, as well as its mission and values. Prior to an interview, all potential Jesuit Volunteers are asked to familiarize themselves with JVC’s four values and review the materials listed below.  

Jesuit Volunteer at Homeboy Industries performing vital service with a client. (2010)


How to Prepare for Your JVC Interview

Katie Gosen (Hartford 2009) serving food at JV placement site.


How to Prepare for Your JVC Discernment Conversation

Chelsea Mulvey and her ballet students from Colegio Miguel Pro performed with the school's orchestra to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Jesuits' arrival in Tacna.  (2009)


How to Prepare for Agency Interviews

JVC Commissioning Mass blessing by JVC Staff during Orientation in California. (2017)


How to Discern Your Placement Offer

Jesuit Volunteer serving in Los Angeles (2015-16) in their role as a classroom teacher.


The (AY) Formation Program gives current Jesuit Volunteers and JVC Northwest Volunteers the opportunity to continue living in community while working for peace and justice. By serving another one or two years as a JV, AY participants delve deeper into the four values and further discern how to pursue justice in their future careers and communities. Applicants are welcome to apply to either domestic or international placement options.

Applying for an additional term

Application Contents: You will need to submit an AY-specific application. This will include submitting short essays, as well as five new references: agency administrator or supervisor, two community members, a support person/local formation team member, and your JVC or JVC Northwest coordinator..

Creating a new application: Create a new application at From there, you will be directed to an eligibility quiz. Please answer the following questions accordingly:

“Have you completed, or are you in the process of completing, another faith-based service year program?” Please select “Yes,” and select “Jesuit Volunteer Corps” or “Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest”

Based on this answer, you will be directed to the application for Additional Year volunteers. Please continue with the remainder of the application.

Deadline: Volunteers applying for a second year at their current placements must submit their applications by Monday, February 1, 2021. Those seeking a different domestic placement site can apply on a rolling basis through March 29, 2021. However, you are encouraged to apply by the AY priority deadline (February 1, 2021) to be eligible for the full set of placement options.

Status of your application: All applicants who submit by the February 16th deadline will know their acceptance status and placement site by the end of March/early April. Others will be notified on a rolling basis.

Your Area Manager/Coordinator’s Role in the Process

As the JVC staff member who has had the most interaction with you, your Area Manager or Coordinator plays an important role.

You are required to have a discernment conversation with your JVC manager/coordinator before applying for your additional year. This is an opportunity for you to reflect and to share your motivations for an Additional Year, as well as to identify areas of growth. You will also be required to have your JVC manager/coordinator complete a reference form. Your JVC manager/coordinator's input is significant, but not the only factor in determining your status as an AY.

Jesuit Volunteer Community

It may be possible to remain in your community but switch placement sites. We ask AY applicants to practice apostolic availability and to consider the needs of our agency partners during the selection and placement process.

As a Jesuit Volunteer, you are expected to complete your year of service according to the dates in the program agreement. JVs who commit to an additional year will work with their agency supervisor and JVC manager/coordinator to determine the appropriate transition to the next program year and ensure you are both prepared and present for Orientation.