Supporting students seeking careers in the public interest

Civic House strives to provide programming for students interested in pursuing careers in the public interest.
This includes engaging alumni to discuss their careers with students, hosting public interest career panels,
and working with Career Services to present workshops that will support students seeking these types of careers.
Please see the list of events below to find out what activities are taking place at Civic House this semester.

Spring 2015 Workshops:

SERVE Philadelphia VISTA Corps Info Session

Wednesday, April 8th, 5:30-7pm, Civic House Living Room

Are you interested in a career in government or non-profit leadership? Are you looking to gain experience in education reform, early childhood literacy, food policy, STEM mentorship, city planning, community engagement, economic development, violence reduction, youth engagement or community revitalization? Are you committed to reducing poverty in Philadelphia? If so, come to the SERVE Philadelphia VISTA Corps info session.

What is the SERVE Philadelphia VISTA Corps? It's an initiative run out of the Mayor's Office of Civic Engagement & Volunteer Service that supports and places AmeriCorps VISTAs in various City of Philadelphia government departments or agencies to manage initiatives that aim to reduce poverty in Philadelphia.

SERVE Philadelphia VISTAs are placed in departments and partner organizations such as the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, the Mayor's Office of Education, the Mayor's Commission on Literacy, the Mayor's Office of Health and Opportunity, the Mayor's Office of Civic Engagement & Volunteer Service, the City Planning Commission, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Office of Public Safety, the Office of Emergency Management, and the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger.

In addition to managing poverty reduction programs from the ground up, SERVE Philadelphia VISTAs get a chance to develop their leadership skills, take advantage of numerous professional development opportunities, work with high-level city officials, and prepare to be the next generation of civic leaders working to transform Philadelphia.

For more information on what it's like to be a SERVE Philadelphia VISTA and to apply, please visit

Internships in Public Interest Panel

February 11th, Civic House Living Room

Thinking about an internship? Have an interest in the common good? Hear from current students who successfully combined these two interests through public interest internships. Learn how they found them, when they applied and what advice they have to offer.

i.    Caroline Wallace '17 - Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (Arlington, VA)

ii.    Caitlin Weiss '16 - Puentes Hacia el Futuro (Philadelphia, PA)

iii.    Kelly Szafara '17 - B Lab (Wayne, PA)

iv.    Ray Clark '17 - U.S. Department of Justice (Washington, D.C.)

v.    Kyra Reumann-Moore '15 - Environmental Protection Agency (Washington, D.C.)