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How to Apply

How to Apply

The application for the 2024-25 residential JV program is now closed, however we are still accepting applications for our non-residential Flex program that begins service in September. Learn more here.

Sign up here to be notified when the 2025-26 application opens this fall.

Through our common application, you can easily apply to both JVC Northwest and our sibling organization, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, who places volunteers in other US regions.
Are you currently serving with JVC Northwest or JVC and looking to apply for an additional year? Click here.

Got a question along the way? Reach out to our Recruiter.

Chris Suriano (he/him)



Eligibility Requirements for JVC Northwest

JVC Northwest is committed to an equitable and inclusive experience for all volunteers regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, or religious perspective. While rooted in the Jesuit tradition, specific religious views are never imposed on our volunteers or the communities where we serve.

JVC Northwest partners with more than 100 community organizations to place volunteers in 13 geographically diverse locales across five states in the Northwest: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. 

For the upcoming 2025-26 service year:

  • Applicants must be 21 years or older by August 2025.
  • Applicants must be able to commit to full-time service from August 1, 2025 through July 31, 2026.
  • Applicants must be willing to share communal housing with fellow volunteers.
  • Applicants must be unmarried with no dependents and we ask that this doesn’t change during the service year.
  • Applicants must hold a high school degree or equivalency. Some placements require a college degree, relevant work experience, specific certification or skill (i.e. Spanish proficiency, nursing certification, etc.). 
  • Applicants from outside of the U.S. must be able to secure their own visa for full-time volunteer service through July 31, 2026. JVC Northwest is unable to sponsor work visas.

Application Process

The application for the 2025-26 service year will open in the fall. Sign up here to be notified when the application opens in September.

This year the application is easier than ever! We have joined forces with our sibling organization, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, to create one common application that you can submit to both programs.

A complete application includes: 

  • One brief personal statement
  • Three short answer questions 
  • Resume 
  • Three short reference forms: one Mission, one Supervisor, and one Roommate/Peer 

The first interview we will be by phone with a former Jesuit Volunteer. This is a chance to share your interests and hopes for a service year, discuss your relationships to our four core values, and offer your perspectives about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in volunteer spaces.  

It is also a time of continued discernment for you. We want you to learn more about what it means to serve with JVC Northwest so you can make an informed decision! 

If you are offered conditional acceptance into the program, you will be invited to a short Service Interest conversation with a member of our staff. You’ll share your preferred service placements and discuss why those appeal to you.  

Then we will offer you a match with a partner agency and position based on your skills and interests and our partner agencies’ needs. 

You will then have a second phone interview, this time with the agency where you are matched. We operate under a “mutual yes” policy, meaning both the partner agency and the volunteer have to agree on the placement following the interview. 

Once you are placed, we will complete your background checks and begin the onboarding process to prepare you for Orientation, a week-long introduction to JVC Northwest with your fellow JVs beginning in early August of 2025. 

Application Timeline

The application for the 2025-26 service year will open in September 2024 and service will begin in August 2025.

Apply by the first priority deadline to be among the first applicants to secure acceptance. Apply by the second deadline to ensure your chance to be among the first wave of position matching.

Below are the priority deadlines for the JVC Northwest/Jesuit Volunteer Corps common application:

First Priority Deadline


Second Priority Deadline


Third Priority Deadline


Fourth Priority Deadline


Final Deadline


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Upcoming Virtual Events

"JVC Northwest 101: Service and Community"

Thursday, April 7 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Learn about all that makes a year of service with JVC Northwest unique. We’ll talk about the opportunities available, what intentional community looks like, and dive into our values of social and ecological justice, simple living, and spirituality/reflection. There will also be plenty of time for Q+A. Register here. 

"How to Make Your Application Stand Out"

Wednesday, April 20 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Learn how you can position yourself to be a strong candidate for service with JVC Northwest. With one week left before the April 26 priority deadline, this will also be the perfect time to get a handle on each step of the application, interview, matching, and placement process. Register here. 

Where Are the JVC Northwest Recruiters Going Next?

Check out our upcoming recruitment events below. Don’t see your school or town on the list? Reach out to us at recruiter@jvcnorthwest.org to let us know you’d like us to pay your town a visit! 

Notre Dame | Info Session: Discerning Post Graduate Service | 6:30 PM | COffee House in Geddes Hall

Marquette | Info session (1-2) office hours (2-4) | Career Services Center – Seminar Room