Become an AmeriCorps Member
How do AmeriCorps Members support services at the International Institute?
In addition to sponsoring a number of AmeriCorps VISTAs over the years, the International Institute has operated an AmeriCorps State program since 2010. There are currently ten (10) State Members providing direct services to clients in areas including: Housing, Employment, Benefits, Medical, Child Services, Economic Development, Education, Social Work and the Global Farm.
Members help set up apartments, secure donations, greet new arrivals at the airport, prepare clients for employment, apply for benefits, coordinate immunization clinics, set up doctor appointments, enroll youth in school, coordinate the free tax assistance, help with naturalization activities, help clients navigate the health care system, and support the local food movement through farm activities.
Terms of Service
If selected, Members must be able to commit full-time (40 hours per week) and complete at least 1,720 hours of service, starting August 1 and ending on June 30.
Not a job and not volunteering, serving as an AmeriCorps falls somewhere in between the two. Members receive, a modest living allowance to help pay basic bills, individual health insurance with premium coverage, childcare assistance for qualified individuals, student loan forbearance, CPR/First Aid certification, professional development training, and service related mileage reimbursement. After successfully completing the term of service, Members earn the Segal Education Award to use to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary education institutions, as well as repay qualified student loans.
Dependent on the position, educational requirements range from some college to a college degree preferred. Must be a U.S. citizen or have Permanent Resident Alien status. Applicants will need a valid driver's license, access to reliable transportation and willingness to transport clients. Must pass required background checks. Bi-lingual skills, especially speaking a language of refugees currently being resettled a plus, but not required.
Applying and finding out more about AmeriCorps
International Institute positions are usually advertised and filled each year between mid-early June and the end of July. To search for available positions and submit an application, visit the AmeriCorps website and enter:
To learn more about the available positions, click here.
To learn more about AmeriCorps at the International Institute contact:
Jane Knirr, AmeriCorps Program Coordinator
What I learned...
An important lesson I have learned is to take initiative. Be the change you wish to see. If you have goals you would like to accomplish during your service, vocalize them. This is a time to fine tune your career focus, find out what you like and don’t like pertaining to jobs without having the pressure of being employed. I believe AmeriCorps is a time to make an impact on your community, grow professionally, and maybe even find your passion.
It wasn't always easy, burnout took its toll at points and made the process seem never ending. However, in the end, given the chance I would do it all over again. The friends made, the experiences had, the personal growth experienced, none of it could have ever happened without this wonderful program. And for it I am truly grateful.