Employment & Residencies

Are you looking for meaningful, paid work in the Providence community or on Brown University's campus? The Swearer Center employs more than 20 full-time staff members and a number of student staffers throughout the school year. We also host several semesterlong residencies. We encourage you to explore our opportunities below and those at our community partner sites by joining the Rhode Island Community Jobs Listserv. Feel free to reach out to our staff if you have any questions relevant to the application process for our listed positions. 

Current Swearer Center Openings

The Swearer Center is currently looking to fill several positions listed below. Please check back regularly for additional openings on our full-time and student staff. 

Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow

Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows are matched with a local organization, state agency or Swearer Center department to provide capacity-building support for anti-poverty initiatives. Agencies work in the education, health, arts and/or economic justice sector. The fellowship provides high-impact professional development and training that enhances our VISTA Fellows’ personal and professional skills. Trainings will include role-specific support in data analysis, community organizing and relationship building. Professional development workshops will also support VISTA Fellows in advancing their careers. 

College Adviser

The College Advising Corps (CAC) is a full-time AmeriCorps program that seeks to increase the number of first-generation college bound, low-to-moderate income, and underrepresented high school who enter and persist in college and earn bachelor's degrees by placing recent college graduates to serve as full-time College Advisers in underserved schools across Rhode Island. College Advisers provide college application and financial aid guidance to students and their families while fostering a culture of college attendance and higher education in Rhode Island's urban communities.

Peer Advisors

The Swearer Center is seeking experienced students to serve as Peer Advisors for the Spring 2018 semester. Peer Advisors (PAs) must have at least one year of experience in Swearer Center program(s). PAs will serve as an initial point of contact for students seeking to get involved in community engagement, engaged scholarship, and/or social innovation opportunities or who are looking to deepen their engagement or shift to other opportunities. This is a stipended role at $700/semester, and will consist of 4-6 hours of advising and other outreach activities per week.


The Swearer Center hosts several semesterlong residencies for practitioners in a variety of fields. Please click the links below to learn more about the application process and deadlines.

Swearer Center Practitioner in Residence

The Swearer Center at Brown University offers a semester-long part-time residency program for leading community engagement practitioners who live in the Greater Providence area. This program is intended for distinguished and emerging leaders who are looking for room to reflect, build deeper connections with Brown University, explore academic and research insights and pursue new ideas in their areas of interest. The program is grounded in the Swearer Center’s belief that practitioners are co-creators of knowledge and offers an opportunity to share knowledge while developing new networks of local community leaders and thinkers.

Swearer Center Social Entrepreneur in Residence

The Swearer Center for Public Service and the Dean of the Faculty have partnered to create a semester-long residency program for entrepreneurial social change senior leaders. This program is ideal for experienced leaders looking for room to reflect, explore academic and research insights, and pursue new ideas in their areas of interest and experience within the context of a world-class university. The SEIR offers a unique opportunity to share knowledge while building a network of other leaders and thinkers

Employment Resources

Looking for an off-campus job? Careers in the Common Good (CCG) is a resource for students and alumni interested in nonprofit, social enterprise or public service careers and working for the common good. All of the CareerLAB's counseling, programs and online services can be useful for students interested in careers in the common good.

Rhode Island Community Jobs (RICOMJOB) is an additional resource, and is distributed as a public e-mail announcement list that seeks to connect nonprofit and public interest employers in the state with individuals seeking paid work that makes a difference in our communities. Anyone can join the list, and any nonprofit or government organization can post a paid position to the list as a free service. There are currently over 10,000 subscribers. 

The opportunities and events posted to the list are diverse in subject matter and skills required. All positions posted to the list are paid, but may be part-time, full-time, summer or consultant positions. To join the list or to list a position, please explore the links below.

If you have any trouble signing up for/receiving the Rhode Island Community Jobs daily emails, please contact Emily Wright (emily_wright1@brown.edu).