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application guide

This application has a total of seven sections. Before you begin please read all of the instructions carefully. Should any questions arise, please contact the DVUSA office at 312-226-0919.

 APPLICATION and ESSAYS:  Spend time reflecting on the questions before answering. Be truthful in all of your responses.

 RÉSUMÉ:  You will be asked to attach your résumé.  Be sure to include your education, volunteer and work history, as well as hobbies, languages spoken, and any other relevant skills and experiences. PDF format is preferred, though .doc and .docx are also acceptable.

 REFERENCES:  Ask three people who know you well enough to assess your character and skills as they relate to the mission of DVUSA to serve as references.  Supervisors, professors, university staff, clergy members, etc. can be included as references. Do NOT include family members or personal friends.  Applications will not be processed without references.  All reference submissions must be completed online. Please direct your three people to where the REFERENCE FORM can be found.

 TRANSCRIPTS:  Send us official transcripts for colleges or post-secondary schools you have attended.  Transcripts should be sent from the institution to: Dominican Volunteers USA, 533 Ashland Avenue, River Forest, IL 60305.

PERSONAL INTERVIEW:  After your application, résumé, references, and transcript(s) have been received, a personal interview may be scheduled with a staff member.  Interviews will be conducted in person when possible; otherwise a Skype, Zoom or Gmail video chat session will be scheduled. If none are possible, a telephone interview will be conducted.

DEADLINE: We recommend early application to ensure the best placement options.  Priority applications should be submitted by March 1st. Applications may be submitted for consideration through May 31st. Interviews will be scheduled in the order in which applications are received, i.e. priority applications will be prioritized for their top ministry and community choices. If you apply later in the Spring, you will have limited placement options, so call the office to inquire about availability.

 PLEASE NOTE:  Your application will be shared in its entirety (including essays) with potential communities and placement sites.  We will disclose any personal information on a “need to know basis.”  Failure to disclose all pertinent information, including health issues, can be cause for immediate dismissal from DVUSA.

All accepted applicants are subject to a criminal background check.

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