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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

The Recommendation Process

Who should I list as my recommenders?

Please choose two recommenders to fill out an online form about your potential in joining the corps. Recommenders should be individuals who have supervised your work or have been in a position to guide or evaluate your work within the past 3-5 years. Examples include: managers, supervisors, professors, advisers, or coaches. Review our guide to learn more. We do not recommend selecting colleagues, peers, family members, and family friends.

If you are a student, we recommend selecting recommenders who can speak to different aspects of your work. For example, you might choose the first recommender from an academic setting and the second recommender from a job or extracurricular activity.

If you are a professional, we recommend selecting your current manager, if possible. If that is not feasible, then we recommend selecting a relatively recent manager as a recommender. For the second recommender, you might select a previous manager from the same organization, a manager from another organization, or someone from one of the other categories. If you work in a school, we recommend asking a principal or assistant principal who is familiar with your work.

Our online recommendation form is designed to learn more about how you demonstrate the characteristics we look for in our corps members. Our form consists of short answer response questions, asking your recommenders to reflect on your specific strengths. It typically takes 30 minutes to one hour to complete.

Applicants, have questions or need help? Contact us