College graduates have had a difficult time finding jobs in the past several years, but a Philadelphia organization is giving them a boost, matching recent grads with non-profit organizations for a year-long placement.
The Philly Fellows program is open to college seniors who apply in fall semester for the positions, which begin in July.
This year, 123 people applied for 15 positions.
"We look for people who want to engage in the community in Philadelphia and get connected to their neighbors, and who want to dive into the non-profit sector and make a real splash," says Tim Ifill, the executive director and co-founder of Philly Fellows.
Andrea Amanullah is among four University of Pennsylvania May graduates selected as fellows for the 2012-13 year. Amanulla is working at Philadelphia Youth Network, which works to improve educational and job opportunities for youth.
"I was toying with quite a few options for my first year after graduation, with a move as far as Australia on my radar," Amanullah says. "But Philly feels like home to me now, after living here for the past four years and over the past three summers."
Amanullah hopes her year spent as a Fellow will help guide her to choosing a career.