NextGen Service Corps


Montclair State University has partnered with the Volcker Alliance to join the Next Generation Service Corps (NextGen Service), a national network of 13 higher education institutions committed to preparing undergraduate students for public service. As dean of the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University, Montclair President Jonathan Koppell created the Public Service Academy – a first-of-its-kind initiative in higher education that served as the model for NextGen Service Corps. In partnership with the Volcker Alliance, President Koppell was instrumental in creating a national network of schools committed to emulating NextGen Service Corps and the Public Service Academy. Through NextGen Service Corps,  President Koppell and the Center for Community Engagement will now implement the framework for Montclair’s diverse University community of 21,000 students.

The NextGen Service Corps fills a critical educational gap by preparing undergraduates from all disciplines for public service careers. This program will help college students develop the values, nimble thinking, and collaborative leadership required for effective public service. The program benefits thousands of students by providing the practical skills and professional networks they need to serve successfully and make change.

Program Benefits:

  • $2,000 yearly stipend
  • Experiential Learning
  • Community Service
  • Networking and Career Development
  • Training and Opportunities

NGSC at Montclair State University aspires to prepare and inspire YOU, our future leaders to be the change makers through public service, experiential learning and engagement within communities and beyond.


Program Requirements:

  • Complete the required courses, workshops, and the Leadership Development Through Civic Engagement Minor
  • Be actively engaged with their Community Action Team
  • Attend mandatory NGSC meetings twice a month
  • Participate in four engagement activities each semester
  • Attend two mandatory events per semester
  • Maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA

 The NextGen Service Corps program is currently recruiting students for the 2022-2023 academic year. See application information below: 

Priority Deadline: Sunday, May 28th at 11:59pm
Second Deadline: Sunday, June 25th at 11:59pm
Final Deadline: Sunday, July 30th at 11:59pm (Space Permitting)

Application Requirements:

  • Current Resume with Major and prospective graduation year
  • A 200-250 word essay on “What Service Means to Me”
  • Upload and answer all questions using this application portal.

*Applicants are highly encouraged to apply by the priority deadline to ensure consideration to the program. Applications received for the second or final deadline will be reviewed selectively and only based on space available. An interview round will follow for chosen applicants.


For more information contact:

Jessica Pichardo

Jessica Pichardo
NextGen Service Corps Director
Center for Community Engagement
Office of the President
Phone: 973-655-7882

The NextGen Service Corps Program is funded in part by The Volcker Alliance. 

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