How to apply/deadlines: City Year programs last from late August or early September through mid-June. People can apply at CityYear.org and have to send in two recommendations, write several essays, and participate in several interviews. In 2009, nearly 8,000 people applied for the 1,550 positions. However, Gordon says there will be 1,800 positions available for the 2011-2012 year. There is a rolling application process, with four separate deadlines of Nov. 30, Feb. 15, April 15, and May 31, according to the website.
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