Application and Interview Process
Deciding that you want to join DVUSA is a huge step!
For an overview of program and eligibility requirements, read our Prospective Volunteers page.
You can learn more about application requirements and download a PDF reference copy here. A list of potential ministries can be found here, although new ministries are added throughout the application process.
Once you're ready to apply, here are your next steps!
I. Submit your application and personal references: The rolling application/interview process begins with a priority deadline of December 31st and a regular application deadline of March 1st. However, if no announcement is on the website that all positions are filled, applications will continue to be accepted. Please call the office at 312-226-0919 before applying if it is after March 1st. Please send college and university transcript materials to Dominican Volunteers USA, 1914 S. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60608.
II. Interview with DVUSA: You will be contacted for an interview soon after your application is received. If you do not meet the December 31st deadline, you will be contacted after all of the first round applicant interviews are scheduled. Your interview will last approximately 1 hour to an hour and a half.
III. Receive an Invitation to Join DVUSA : If you are accepted to DVUSA, you will receive an invitation to serve with DVUSA. You will also be invited to discern your preferences with DVUSA staff, who will work closely with you in discerning a match. As part of this process, we expect you to utilize this website and other resources to learn more about the placements and communities. We hope that you will pray over the possibilities, and will discuss the possibilities with family and friends. We also hope that you will be flexible and open to serving where you are most needed. You will be asked to submit a supplementary application which includes a medical evaluation.
IV. Interview with a particular ministry: A match is the result of a mutual decision between you, the ministry, and DVUSA. Once we discern ministry possibilities for the coming year, you should expect to interview directly with the ministries. It may be desirable for you to interview with multiple ministries; most applicants are referred to 2-3 sites. In-person meetings with ministries are strongly encouraged.
V. Finalize Placement: For those that apply by December 31st, we work to finalize placements by March 1st. All applicants should be finalized by May 31st. Late applicants will be placed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
Call 312-226-0919 or email email@example.com with any questions regarding the application process. We do not accept paper applications.