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AmeriCorps Members helping to distribute food to IISTL clients on MLK service day.

The International Institute has been a participating organization in AmeriCorps program for over 10 years. Each spring we post openings for positions that begin in August. Being an AmeriCorps member is another way that you can help.

AmeriCorps, a federal agency, brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges through national service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. AmeriCorps helps make service to others a cornerstone of our national culture. Find out more about AmeriCorps.


2022-2023 AmeriCorps State Opening

Why become an AmeriCorps service member?

Come together to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges.

AmeriCorps is an opportunity for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to give their time and talent to strengthen communities. As an AmeriCorps service member, you can help make the world a better place while building professional skills. You will learn teamwork, leadership, responsibility and other essential skills that will help you for the rest of your life personally and professionally. And you will gain the personal satisfaction of taking on challenges and seeing results.

A full-time member agrees to serve a minimum of 1,720 hours within one full year. This will take an average of 40 hours/week. Full-time members are issued a living allowance of $15,100 (pre-tax) in equal bi-weekly payments. Upon successful completion of 1,720 hours of service, the AmeriCorps member qualifies for a $6,345 education award in the form of a voucher, and can be used to repay qualified student loans or to pay toward the cost of attending a Title IV institution of higher education. Additional benefits of being a member include health insurance and childcare subsidy.


Economic Development
The ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AMERICORPS will outreach to clients, maintain files, support and coordinate intake and technical assistance service for clients, coordinate client assistance from volunteer professionals, provide support to Individual Development and Micro-enterprise clients, administer tax client survey, and coordinate free tax services. College degree with emphasis on business, finance and/or entrepreneurship preferred. Level of client contact fluctuates between High and Low. Need access to a car or willingness to use public transportation for site visits.

AmeriCorps will assist with volunteer recruitment, training, retention, satisfaction, and appreciation for Education Dept. programs; outreach, recruitment, and retention of students for Citizenship programs; coordinate mock citizenship interviews and other assessment activities; maintain schedule of Citizenship program activities and assist with the planning of Education Dept. special events. This position will be instrumental in forwarding the effort of increasing English fluency and ensuring successful achievement of citizenship through specialized programming. Estimated driving related to service: ON RARE OCCASIONS. Level of client contact: HIGH. It is highly recommended that Member does not have outside employment during term of service.

Immigration Support Specialist:

The Immigration Support service member will:

  • Assist Clients in Scheduling Immigration Appointments
  • Conduct Immigration Eligibility and Pre-Screening, three times a week.
  • Set up appointments on staff calendars in outlook for the immigration staff.
  • Receive calls for immigration staff and call back clients in regard to the appointments and required documentation needed.
  • Hand over to clients the forms and documents checklist as per the Immigration specialist’s instructions
  • Collect fees and schedule clients with immigration specialists on staff
  • With guidance from Immigration staff, follow up with clients regarding USCIS mail and request additional information
  • Maintain paper and electronic records of clients served in Immigration. This includes scanning, uploading, renaming, organizing, inventorying, and cataloging paper and electronic records.
  • Confirm data entry into Penelope and updated contact information to align with notices received.
  • Support generation of reports and a master calendar showing client case management, including data on process time.
  • Download and maintain updated versions of frequently used forms for USCIS in “Forms” under the “Immigration” folder.
  • Schedule and attend Immigration department monthly meetings

Duties may change, or be altered, to meet the changing requirements of USCIS immigration policies and practices​

Medical & Child Care specialist

The Medical and childcare Member will assist clients in scheduling medical appointments for health screening for newly arrivals and completing their health screen paperwork’s. Assist newly arrivals clients completing their Immigration change of address by filling out and submitting AR11 form and document it.Member will assist families in enrolling their school age children in the St. Louis Public Schools and provide daycare assistance by helping families in selecting and enrolling their pre-school age children into daycare.

Medical & Cultural Orientation Specialist
The Medical and Cultural Orientation Member will assist clients in scheduling medical appointments and follow up appointment as needed, health screening for newly arrivals and completing their health screen paperwork’s. Additionally, Member will schedule interpreters and transportation for client appointments. Member will teach Cultural Orientation (CO) to newly arrived refugees. Duties for CO will be to create client attendance list, facilitate weekly meetings, schedule interpreters, and administer curriculum assessment as well as document client attendance, review and update curriculum as needed.