Application Process

Children's Corps Application Process

Children’s Corps is seeking applicants who are passionate about working with children and families, motivated to work hard, and ready to embrace the challenges of working on the frontline of child welfare.

The application is a key component of our decision-making process because the thoughtfulness and attention to detail it reveals is an early indication of your diligence and dedication to the work and success in the field.

Through this process, we hope to see your passions, strengths, areas for growth and dedication to the field of child welfare.


We believe that working on the frontline of child welfare is vital work and we hold our Corps members to the highest standards. In order to learn more about child welfare work, we strongly encourage interested applicants to carefully read through the Prospective Member page.


Applications will be submitted electronically. You are limited to submitting one application per year. 

The Children’s Corps Class of 2020 application is closed. Please check back in the Fall for more information about how to submit an application for Children’s Corps Class of 2021.”



The application is your opportunity to show us who you are and why you are passionate about this work. Please take the time to read through the application thoroughly and write thoughtful responses. We want to know more than just your credentials; we want to know who you really are and what you have learned from your experiences. Remember to proofread and ensure you’ve directly answered what each question is asking.

If you are selected for an in-person interview (all interviews take place in New York City) OR waitlisted for an interview, you will be notified within 1-2 weeks after the application deadline. Applicants who are not selected or waitlisted for an interview will not be notified.

Yes, we value those who have reflected on their past application experiences and are interested in re-applying. You may apply once per year.


After submitting your application, we will review it and determine if you will be invited for an interview. Interviews must be done in person and are only conducted in NYC. Only accepted or waitlisted applicants will be notified for an interview. If you are invited for an interview, you will be asked to submit an unofficial transcript and three letters of recommendation.


Yes, currently, Children’s Corps interviews are only held in NYC. If you are coming from far away, you will get priority in choosing the date and time of your interview.

No, Children’s Corps is unable to finance travel expenses to interviews.

No, all interviews must be conducted in person.

The most promising applicants will be invited to a full-day, in-person interview in NYC which includes a group activity and discussion, an individual interview, a case inquiry and written exercise.

As part of the process, you will:

1) participate in a group interview

2) review a case scenario;

3) participate in an individual interview consisting of questions designed to help us understand you better and your commitment to working with children and families in the child welfare system;

4) ask the interview panel questions about the case you read;

5) develop a writing sample.

You will be notified via email approximately three weeks following your interview date.


Candidates who accept the program’s offer will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which outlines program commitment, policies, procedures, and expectations. Signing the MOU signifies the candidate’s commitment to Children’s Corps. This includes four weeks of unpaid pre-service training in NYC, and a two-year commitment to working with children and families in one of our partner agencies.

Each year, the Children’s Corps program is fortunate to find many qualified candidates, making it challenging to place everyone. The program will waitlist candidates and will contact waitlisted candidates if a spot opens.


Yes. If you are selected to be a Corps member, you will have the opportunity to talk to a current Corps member before making your decision.

If you are selected to be a part of the Corps, you will need to accept or decline your offer into the program. Children’s Corps staff will share details with all finalized members in May about the summer training and placement process.

Deferment decisions are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Though rare, deferrals may be granted for admitted applicants who have serious emergencies or who have a unique opportunity that will significantly add to their value in the child welfare field. More information is provided when a deferral is requested.