General Information

What is PULSE?

PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh by inviting talented university graduates to partner with Pittsburgh nonprofits for a year of service and leadership.

What are the main components of PULSE?

  • Serve with a Pittsburgh nonprofit
  • Live in intentional community with other participants
  • Grow as a leader through ongoing training and personal development

What can I expect from the PULSE experience?

  • Year-long service and leadership experience (August-August)
  • Sense of community with other PULSE participants
  • A nonprofit partnership
  • Personal/professional development through seminars, retreats and mentoring
  • Room and board
  • Food and public transportation coverage
  • Health Insurance Reimbursement
  • Modest personal stipend- $90/month

Where do PULSE participants serve?

Participants serve in a wide variety of different nonprofits, ranging from the arts to community development, social service to environmental.  We work with accepted participants to identify a good fit for the participant and our partner organizations. We’ve worked with over 125 nonprofits in Pittsburgh. Check out our list of current partners and past partners.

Where do participants live?

PULSE participants live in one of seven houses in the East End and North Side of Pittsburgh.  Our East End houses are located on the border of East Liberty and Highland Park (original 8 bedroom PULSE house) along with two additional 4 – 5 bedroom houses in Garfield and East Liberty.  In 2015-2016, PULSE expanded the program and opened four new houses in the Perry South neighborhood on the North Side of Pittsburgh.  These four houses are located within one block of each other and range from 4-5 bedrooms.

Each PULSE houses has three stories, one-two baths, living room, dining room, and kitchen.  The houses are fully furnished including the kitchen. Every room has a bed, dresser, a closet or wardrobe, desk and lamp.

PULSE is exploring the possibility of some additional fellows in houses in the South Hilltop of Pittsburgh for the 2018-19 year.

What does a typical week look like?

  • Participants bike, walk, or take public transportation to and from their service site (participants can bring their own vehicle).
  • Participants serve 35 hours/week in a Pittsburgh nonprofit, Monday-Friday (half day on Wednesday). Some placements might have evening and weekend requirements.
  • Participants attend a weekly seminar on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Participants share cooking responsibilities and eat dinner together Monday-Thursday (dependent upon community).
  • Participants enjoy Pittsburgh in the evenings and weekends.

Want even more information?

Learn more about the PULSE program. Check out stories of previous participants. Read the PULSE Participant General Information 18-19

How can I apply?

Thank you for your interest in PULSE. We recently completed our application and selection process for the 2018 – 2019 Program Year. Check back soon for information about applying to the 2019 – 2020 Program Year. Questions? Contact Neal Donovan, Recruiting  Coordinator at or 412-361-0124.

If you have questions, please contact Neal Donovan, Recruiting Coordinator, at or 412.361.0124.

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