AmeriCorps members experience personal growth through service and develop skills and passion for lifelong civic engagement. The opportunities available for AmeriCorps members to serve are unique and diverse - much like the experience and career inspiration opened up to those members!
Become An AmeriCorps Member
Each year, AmeriCorps members serve in thousands of service settings, including nonprofits, public sector, local government, colleges and universities, tribal communities, and faith-based organizations to better meet their missions. These powerful service experiences also help AmeriCorps members develop skills and passion for lifelong civic engagement, increase their personal growth, and open opportunities for diverse career paths.
AmeriCorps members must be at least 17 years old at the start of service and be a U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident aliens.
AmeriCorps members must also have a high school diploma or GED or agree to obtain prior to using the education award; or under special circumstances obtain a waiver.
Perks of Being a Member
Members receive a modest living allowance to cover basic expenses during their term of service.
Money for College and trade school:
The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is offered to individuals who complete a term of service and can be used to pay for a range of educational expenses, like repaying qualified student loans or future tuition payments. You can earn up to two full Education Awards with multiple service terms.
Loan deferment and interest forbearance:
Individuals in approved AmeriCorps positions are eligible for forbearance for most federally guaranteed student loans. In addition, interest payments that accrue during service may be eligible for repayment by AmeriCorps.
Jump-start your career and gain transferable skills employers value including leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving. Once you complete your service, leverage the Employers of National Service network, which connects you with hundreds of employers from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors who are committed to hiring alumni.
Join a network of like-minded leaders who are passionate about improving communities. AmeriCorps alumni receive access to special benefits and resources. For example, many colleges and universities match the Education Award and offer additional AmeriCorps scholarships.
If you're ready to take the next step and learn more about opportunities to serve through AmeriCorps, reach out to the program director of a project that interests you!