ServiceCorps, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has just partnered with Bloomberg LP, a privately held financial software, data, and media company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan. Bloomberg joins General Electric and Citigroup on ServiceCorps’ impressive list of corporate partners.
ServiceCorps empowers top college graduates to defer their start dates at leading corporations so that they can serve at high-impact nonprofits for one year, before returning to their corporate employers. For example, if a graduate that was accepted to work at either Citi, GE, or Bloomberg LP decided that he or she would want to take a year off to give back and mature, ServiceCorps would place him or her in a full-time service position at a partnered nonprofit of his or her choice.
ServiceCorps’ inaugural fellowship program featuring 11 incoming employees at Citi and GE was launched in the summer of 2016 by Matt Ronen, a Cornell MBA, who himself has dedicated much of his life to service.
Years ago, after graduating from Colorado College, Matt was offered a job at an investment bank, but refused because he felt that he had to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces. More than half a decade after his military service, Matt was violently assaulted on the streets of Ithaca, and fatefully stumbled upon the words of Anne Frank: “No one has to wait, but can start right now to gradually change the world.” Frank’s words shook Matt, and inspired him to launch ServiceCorps, a program where the most talented emerging leaders are empowered to tackle society’s toughest challenges.
This past summer, I, along with several of my classmates, interned at the ServiceCorps, headquarters in New York City, to research dozens of nonprofits and corporations for ServiceCorps to potentially partner with. In addition, we also contacted a handful of prestigious newspapers, and thanks to our efforts, we were featured on the front-page of the Boston Globe Business Section—roughly half a year after we appeared in the Wall Street Journal.
ServiceCorps is always looking to add more nonprofits and corporations to its list of partners, because as long as there are young people ready and willing to spend a year working for the benefit of others, the world will become a better place.