Community Corps

Brown students engage with the greater Providence community alongside local organizations and residents through formal Swearer Center partnerships in the Community Corps. More than 500 students lead after-school enrichment, connect health resources to patients, engage with adult learners, provide one-on-one tutoring, assist classroom teachers, support and advocate for people who are homeless and engage in other ways. Strong, long-term relationships between the Swearer Center, students, community members and partner organizations are an essential component of this program. Students participate in a structured and supportive cohort to build skills and knowledge as they address issues of social injustice and inequality, while learning first-hand about the assets and strengths in communities. Community Corps students are expected to participate in a Swearer Center orientation and workshops throughout the semester, featured in the event list on BrownEngage

Eligible Brown University undergraduate students may access their federal work-study funding through off-campus, community-based assignments. This opportunity places students with nonprofit organizations based in the greater Providence area. Students participating in Off-Campus Federal Work Study (OCFWS), who will be notified of their eligibility by the Office of Financial Aid prior to the start of the academic year, are considered part of the Community Corps and have access to support within the Swearer Center, including advising, mentoring and training opportunities. 

Brown students must be in good academic standing in order to be considered for OCFWS, which has limited funding available through the year. For more on information on the 2018-2019 OCFWS program click here.


Most Community Corps students make a long-term commitment to the Swearer Center, participating for a full academic year or longer. After students are accepted into a Community Corp group or community partner, they are required to participate in orientation, workshops and trainings that provide foundational knowledge and skills alongside experiential opportunities.


All Brown students are eligible to apply to participate. Community Corps recruits within the first month of both the fall and spring semesters.

If you qualify for federal work study, you may be able to be paid for your engagement with Off-Campus Federal Work Study (OCFWS). Visit the OCFWS page for more information.

If you are looking for a summer opportunity, visit our Summer Off-Campus Federal Work Study page.


We are currently not accepting applications to the Community Corps. Please check back for updates on the next application cycle.


Joshua Rodriguez, Program Manager, Student Development: [email protected] or 401-863-1825.