What do PULSE Fellows do?


PULSE's mission is to help increase the capacity of local nonprofits by connecting people with passion to organizations with purpose.

We invite university graduates and other young professionals to partner with Pittsburgh nonprofits for a year of service, community, and leadership. The criteria to be a PULSE fellow is passion. A passion for change, community, and helping others. This year allows young people to get their foot in the door to a career in nonprofits while providing the foundation to make life-long meaningful relationships with those around them. A PULSE year is one that is challenging, but deeply rewarding personally and professionally.

PULSE fellows SERVE with a nonprofit, LIVE in community, and GROW as a leader. 



PULSE's Diversity Statement

PULSE is committed to acknowledging, advocating, celebrating, and educating all people who serve, live, and grow in PULSE. We are professionally and personally committed to creating a community that supports diverse perspectives, celebrates the rich diversity of people who live and serve within our community, and fosters an environment of continuous learning.

We have created this Diversity Statement so that all Fellows, staff, nonprofit partners, neighbors, and any other individual or organization, may understand the importance of diversity in PULSE, in our houses, in our nonprofit partnerships, in our neighborhoods, in the city of Pittsburgh, and in the world. We will not tolerate any form of behavior pertaining to racism, sexism, bigotry, harassment, intimidation, threats, or abuse, whether verbal or written, physical or psychological, direct or implied. We will not accept ignorance, humor, or substance use as an excuse for oppressive behavior.


We acknowledge that human differences comes in many forms, including: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, ability, or status as a veteran. We recognize that the knowledge we gain from interacting with and learning from one another has both educational and personal value. Furthermore, by acknowledging the presence of inequalities and oppression and engaging in uncomfortable conversations, all members of our community experience an incomparable experience. These experiences are crucial for developing the requisite skills to thrive as a member of a pluralistic society and as a responsible global citizen.


We strive to create an environment that allows all people to advocate for and support underrepresented populations. We maintain a safe and friendly environment that embodies our ideals of cooperation and mutual respect by protecting the right of respectful expression and by confronting hateful or victimizing acts. We will be deliberate in educating our staff and Fellows to respond proactively to such behavior.


We consider the cultural diversity at PULSE and in Pittsburgh as one of our finest assets. We endeavor to celebrate all people by offering programs and activities that promote a high level of experiential learning. Encouraging Fellows to embrace diversity is at the heart of our mission to provide a holistic education and to help our Fellows become effective citizen leaders in our communities and in the world.


We provide opportunities for holistic education, in part, by prioritizing Fellows living in community. Through Fellows living in community, Fellows will learn the skills necessary to promote a supportive and inclusive environment. Fellows will have the opportunity to engage in programs, activities, and discussions regarding current events, as well as social, political, intrapersonal, and interpersonal conflicts through the PULSE program and in their houses. Within PULSE, living in community is embedded in our commitment to create the best experience for Fellows and to prepare them as they engage in the world.



Serve with PULSE

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  1. Get your foot in the door – break into a position that might otherwise be closed off to you.
  2. Don’t go at it alone – live in a house full of other passionate and lively people who are experiencing some of the same things you are experiencing.
  3. Live in the city – experience the possibility of Pittsburgh, explore a great city with a ton to offer.
  4. Develop personally and professionally – grow in the knowledge of yourself, others, nonprofits and the city through seminars, retreats, mentoring and other experiences.
  5. The PULSE reputation and alumni community – PULSE has a strong reputation in the community.  Network with over 100 alumni who live in Pittsburgh, most within a mile from the PULSE houses.

Why partner with PULSE?

We’ll give you five good reasons to partner with us.

  1. Great people – We interview and select talented young professionals with immense passion and drive for this work.
  2. Time –  Time is valuable. PULSE pre-screens and identifies participants that might be a good fit. We don’t waste your time with interviews that don’t make sense.
  3. Resources – You only have so much. Make your resources go farther as you expand and grow your mission.
  4. Listen –  We listen to your organizational and staffing needs. Our process is very relational, and you always have the option of saying yes or no to any candidate.
  5. Minimal paperwork – No one likes a lot of red tape. We work to eliminate unnecessary reporting. We make it easy for you to jump on board with PULSE.

Give to PULSE

PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh.  Make an impact in the lives of our network by making a generous donation or volunteering your time with us.


  • Office - 4165 Blair St, Pittsburgh, PA 15207 - part of the OneValley co-working space
  • Mailing - 5615 Stanton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
  • info@pulsepittsburgh.org
  • Phone: (412) 361-0124