Apply – Summer Children’s Corps
The Children’s Corps Summer Class of 2021 is officially closed. Please consider applying to our Winter Class of 2022, or check back in December for the application to our Summer Class of 2022.
STEP 1: CAREFULLY READ ALL PROGRAM INFORMATION
Children’s Corps (CC) is seeking applicants who are passionate about working with children and families, motivated to work hard, and ready to embrace the challenges of working on the frontline of child welfare.
The application is a key component of our decision-making process because the thoughtfulness and attention to detail it reveals is an early indication of your diligence and dedication to the work and success in the field.
Through this process, we hope to see your passions, strengths, areas for growth, and dedication to the field of child welfare.
We believe that working on the frontline of child welfare is vital work and we hold our Corps members to the highest standards. In order to learn more about child welfare work, we strongly encourage interested applicants to carefully read through the Prospective Member page.
STEP 2: SUBMIT AN APPLICATION - Summer CC
The application is your opportunity to show us who you are and why you are passionate about this work. Please take the time to read through the application thoroughly and write thoughtful responses. We want to know more than just your credentials; we want to know who you really are and what you have learned from your experiences. Remember to proofread and ensure you’ve directly answered what each question is asking.
If you are selected for an interview OR waitlisted for an interview, you will be notified within 1-2 weeks after the application deadline. Applicants who are not selected or waitlisted for an interview will not be notified.
Yes, we value those who have reflected on their past application experiences and are interested in re-applying. You may apply once per cycle
STEP 3: Participate in a CC Interview
After submitting your application, we will review it and determine if you will be invited for an interview. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, interviews will occur remotely. Only accepted or waitlisted applicants will be notified for an interview. If you are invited for an interview, you will be asked to submit an unofficial transcript and three letters of recommendation.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, interviews are now being held remotely, until further notice.
When interviews return back to in-person, FCFC will not be able to finance travel expenses for interviews. Currently, all interviews are being held remotely, eliminating travel expenses.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, interviews will be held remotely, through Zoom, until further notice.
The most promising applicants will be invited to a full-day virtual- interview. After confirming their interview date/time, interview candidates will receive instructions and a zoom link, via email.
As part of the process, you will:
1) participate in a group interview
2) review a case scenario;
3) participate in an individual interview consisting of questions designed to help us understand you better and your commitment to working with children and families in the child welfare system;
4) ask the interview panel questions about the case you read;
5) develop a writing sample.
You will be notified via email approximately three weeks following your interview date.
STEP 4: MAKE YOUR DECISION
Candidates who accept the program’s offer will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which outlines program commitment, policies, procedures, and expectations. Signing the MOU signifies the candidate’s commitment to Children’s Corps. This includes four weeks of unpaid pre-service virtual-training, and a two-year commitment to working with children and families in one of our partner agencies in NYC.
Each year, the Children’s Corps program is fortunate to find many qualified candidates, making it challenging to place everyone. The program will waitlist candidates and will contact waitlisted candidates if a spot opens.
Yes. If you are selected to be a Corps member, you will have the opportunity to talk to a current Corps member before making your decision.
If you are selected to be a part of the Corps, you will need to accept or decline your offer into the program. Children’s Corps staff will share details with all finalized members in May about the summer training and placement process.
Deferment decisions are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Though rare, deferrals may be granted for admitted applicants who have serious emergencies or who have a unique opportunity that will significantly add to their value in the child welfare field. More information is provided when a deferral is requested.