SPEA, the IU Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA), and Bloomington nonprofit organizations and public agencies leverage Federal Work Study funds and collaborate to deliver the Service Corps program—available only to MPA and MSES students. Service Corps Fellows must be eligible for Work Study as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Qualifying Fellows have the opportunity to contribute to the public management, economic development, environmental policy, and human service needs of the Bloomington community and surrounding areas.
Service Corps Fellows receive a merit aid package valued at $8,595 to $13,113 each year, based on residency status.
Express your interest in Service Corps on our Departmental Questions Form. Students are selected for Service Corps participation during our merit aid allocation process based on their interest, undergraduate academic record, personal statement, and resume.
Gain real-world experience
As a SPEA Service Corps Fellow, your advanced learning will be reinforced by applying your knowledge to real-world work settings in the community. Your practical experience will be enhanced through professional development seminars. In addition, working with supervisors that may serve as mentors will supplement your professional network, integral to your career pursuits.
Our curriculum focuses on applied learning in civic engagement programs. Service Corps appointments strengthen the bridge between theory and practice while filling critical gaps in service to the local community. You’ll assume responsibilities in support of strategic objectives of the department, agency, or organization to which you are assigned. Past Service Corps projects have ranged from conducting research and writing reports on greenhouse gas emissions to writing grant proposals to providing volunteer coordination and management.