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Alumni Fellows

The Xavier Alumni Fellowship (XAF) serves Xavier High School in its mission to form young men of competence, conscience and compassion by sharing their gifts, talents, time and energy with our community. Fellows will also acquire beneficial skills to help them grow both personally and professionally.

Now in its 10th year, the XAF program is grounded in the foundational principles of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and challenges Fellows to engage in simple living, hard work, and faith formation with a focus on community life during their 10 months of service.

General Fellowship Opportunities:

  • Develop and strengthen professional skill set under guidance of Department mentors in Advancement, Admissions, Alumni Relations, and more with opportunities to lead projects tailored to career interests and educational background.
  • Engage in spiritual reflection and faith formation throughout the year, through regular Fellowship cohort meetings and community liturgies. There are also opportunities to participate in personal retreats and spiritual direction if desired.
  • Tutor and assist in the classroom. Opportunities to gain insight into academic life at Xavier for those interested in careers in education.
  • Gain valuable experience coaching and moderating clubs and activities.
  • Access the Xavier network and gain valuable career development opportunities through campus affinity groups, like the Xavier Bar Association and Xavier Business Council.
  • Lead retreats and international and domestic service trips in places like Mexico, Tennessee, South Dakota, and more.

Who Should Apply to the XAF Program?
Xavier alumni who graduated from college in May (or summer) 2022 and are looking to gain some valuable professional skills and experience, while also furthering the ideals of the Grad at Grad. This is a 10 month fellowship opportunity that will allow recent college graduates explore careers in Advancement, Admissions, Alumni Relations, and Communications while participating in other aspects of student life. This is a paid fellowship and fellows should not be actively looking to begin other employment or studies during the term of service. We expect those interested in serving as fellows to speak with their parents about this opportunity since it will require the fellow to live at home and remain on his parents’ insurance.

Application Information
Applications for the XAF program can be found here (along with other necessary information about the application process for the XAF program). Application deadline for the 2022-23 cycle was Thursday, March 31, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Duration of XAF
Fellows will serve at Xavier from the end of August (starting on "New Teacher Orientation" day, through the end of June––approximately two weeks after graduation).

There will be a total of four full time fellows serving in the following areas. Our hope is that each of these individuals will acquire valuable professional skills that will help them pursue full time employment opportunities in these areas after their service at Xavier:

1) Advancement: assist with event planning and execution, donor cultivation and stewardship, Raiser’s Edge database management and donor communications. This volunteer will acquire skills that will help him obtain employment in advancement/fundraising at another academic institution or not-for-profit.

2) Admissions: assist with all aspects of the admissions process, including student recruitment, the Knight for a Day Program, Open House events, and application review and processing. This individual may also assist with community outreach and advancement communications, such as writing copy and editing and updating website content. This volunteer will acquire skills that will help him obtain employment in admissions or communications at another secondary or post-secondary institution.

3) Alumni Relations & Communications: assist with alumni outreach and communications, including writing copy and editing for the Xavier E-News, Xavier Magazine and Xavier Annual Report. This individual will also assist with event planning and execution for various Xavier events and serve as the staff liaison to the Xavier Business Council. This volunteer will acquire skills that will help him obtain employment in the communications field or in advancement/fundraising at another academic institution or not-for-profit.

Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of $1,250/month to cover personal expenses, plus a monthly Metrocard to cover transportation costs.

Fellows are expected to live at home during their time of service.

Fellows are expected to remain on their parents’ insurance policy for the duration of the service period.

*Important Note:
Please note that the Xavier Alumni Fellowship Program differs from other post-graduate service programs that specifically focus on social justice and serving the poor directly, such as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC), Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), Good Shepherd Volunteers, and Cristo Rey Volunteer Programs. These are exceptionally worthwhile programs that provide the opportunity to work for justice, live in community, and engage in spiritual reflection, and we greatly encourage our Xavier alumni to pursue these opportunities if interested in them. We are also happy to discuss these types of opportunities with you since we have many staff members that have participated in them. The XAF Program, while grounded in many of these same principles, is specifically an opportunity to give back to Xavier and serve in a dynamic community while learning professional skills that will help advance your career.