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Clark University: Challenge Convention. Change Our World.

September 12, 2012

This sponsored article originally appeared in our September Career Newsletter on September 11, 2012.

These words are much more than the Clark University motto. They are a rallying cry that inspires the Clark community every day, and at the same time embodies the spirit of AmeriCorps. Whether researching youth worker issues, improving labor practices in developing countries, or forming unique collaborations, Clark’s faculty and students continually develop new ways of thinking and acting that have impact on the lives—and livelihoods—of people throughout the world.

Clark offers master’s degree programs in the Graduate School of Management and the International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE) Department. Clark’s community of scholars and practitioners, which includes many AmeriCorps alumni, is dedicated to fosteringenvironmental sustainability, social justice, and economic well-being in both the developing and developed world.

Combining this philosophy with its strong commitment to service programs like AmeriCorps, Clark has become a leading graduate school option for AmeriCorps alumni throughout the country. Clark’s commitment includes:

  • Providing over $400,000 in scholarship assistance to AmeriCorps alumnienrolled in 2012
  • Offering a minimum of $22,860 in scholarship assistance to all AmeriCorps alumni admitted to Management or IDCE graduate schools
  • Waiving the application fee for all AmeriCorps alumni applicants

Take Heather Tomlins for example. Heather is an AmeriCorps VISTA alumna who served in Missoula, Montana, from 2002 to 2004. She graduated from Clark in May 2012 with an MA in International Development and Social Change. She loved how well Clark’s programs integrated theory and practice: “Clark students are able to take what they learn in the classroom out into the field and then back again to reflect on and think about what that means in terms of their own career trajectory.” Heather is now an associate at Chemonics, an international development organization, based in Washington, D.C.

Clark is currently recruiting AmeriCorps alumni in the following programs:
International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE)

  • MA in Community Development and Planning
  • MA in International Development and Social Change
  • MS in Environmental Science and Policy
  • MS in Geographic Information Science (GIS) for Development and Environment

Graduate School of Management (GSOM)

  • MBA
  • MBA in Social Change
  • MBA in Sustainability

Dual Degrees

  • MBA/MA in Community Development and Planning
  • MBA/MS in Environmental Science and Policy

For more information on IDCE, go to, call 508-793-7205, or email For more information on GSOM, go, call 508-793-7406, or email

To learn more, please read our September Career Newsletter here.

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