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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated 26 February 2015
Updated 26 February 2015
322 Reviews
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322 Reviews
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Pros
  • Your are connected with a lot of like minded people and can build relationships within the non-profit community (in 25 reviews)

  • toward student loans, and meet others with similar interests (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • living within the budget set by the living stipend (in 18 reviews)

  • I was a member of AmeriCorps state through a very disorganized non-profit (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Americoprs Jumpstart Corps Member

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Kingston, RI (US)
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Kingston, RI (US)

    I worked at AmeriCorps part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The training for this position in working at a preschool was very intensive and informative. It was a great choice for a year of service while in college. I loved working with my team and the site director at URI was extremely friendly and helpful. Overall a very positive experience that gave me insight into a career in preschool education. This position made me want to consider getting certified as a preschool teacher in the future.

    Cons

    The trainings might be more helpful with hands on experience in the classroom instead of watching a lot of powerpoints. Many of the corps members had little experience with children so it would have been an easier transition if we got to sit in on a regular class. It's somewhat of an intense experience because you see your team everyday for several hours and are expected to put in extra time at the preschool outside of trainings, meetings and regular sessions along with a full day of classes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of my team members were using their phones during sessions and it made more work for the rest of us in the classroom. A rule about leaving them in the car would be helpful!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Great experience for little money. Perfect for a recent graduate who needs experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Service and Home Repair Development Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Service and Home Repair Development Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience, great resume builder. Get to serve others and looks really good on a resume if you have little experience.

    Cons

    Low paying. You get a stipend not a salary. The health benefits are also not good. If financial stability is your gial, may not be the place for you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    National service member

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    incredible experience and exposure to high level programming

    Cons

    some staff will try to use you as interns

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    Awesome !

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    Former Employee - Career Advancement and Leadership Corp in Brunswick, ME (US)
    Former Employee - Career Advancement and Leadership Corp in Brunswick, ME (US)

    I worked at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    Great for new entry workers. Provides a lot of professional experience and makes recent grads have a place to work without vanity. I loved my AmeriCorps experience and I will do it again when I retire. Benefits: Health care covered and education stipend

    Cons

    You have to be creative and open to changes. Also because most jobs are unpaid..only by stipend you also have to have supplemental income. But when I did it used my connects with the staff that I was working with to get another job that was flexible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    AmeriCorps volunteers are hardworking and dedicated employees. Who else would you meet outside of the the Teach for America or the PeaceCorps will you find someone who will give up one or two years to gain a vast range of experiences without getting paid. AmeriCorps volunteers hold many different positions during their corpship...I was a financial literacy teacher in a high school. Others do scientific erosion research on the coast of Maine, more ride in a coach bus helping natural disaster victims with their healthcare needs all over the country. If an AmeriCorps resume runs across my desk when looking for an position...i would definitely call them in for an interview...if not just to hear about their stories of their time with AmeriCorps.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    VISTA Year

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Salt Lake City, UT (US)
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Salt Lake City, UT (US)

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It's a great way to learn a lot of new skills and get experiences to move forward in your career. Particularly useful for those with student loans. You can put them into forbearance while you're serving.

    Cons

    It's difficult to manage on the living stipend. It is very difficult to get an end-of-service relocation stipend if you moved across the country for your position. Can also be stressful to know it's only a year position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Change Agent: VISTA

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    Current Employee - Volunteer in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    I was able to gain a large amount of professional and work experience in such a short amount of time.

    Cons

    The communication between my site supervisor and HR was terrible. It was difficult to satisfy both parties because they had conflicting tasks for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build relationship with the sites that you send VISTA's.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Homeless Housing Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    You will LOVE what you. You will see service and those you help in a wholly different light. You will see people at their worst and you will help people who just can't help themselves. You will Cry, you will get Mad, you will get Frustrated, bit you will love it.

    Cons

    Be ready to put your foot in it. You can't save the world, but you can help one person at a time/

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Worked as a Corps Member and then a Team Leader for Americorps Jumpstart

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at AmeriCorps part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get paid decently for a work study job. It's very hands on and you have lots of room to grow.

    Cons

    Your educational grant award varies each year, according to federal funds. Also, if you are a college student, it can be difficult to complete 300 hours within the fiscal year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Decent for a post-college internship, plan to be self-organizing.

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at AmeriCorps as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    MassLIFT is an AmeriCorps program placing stipended volunteers (essentially interns) at land conservation non-profits across Massachusetts. The program is evolving, but in my year, it provided some minimal training in volunteer management and membership recruitment, and offered to pay for a number of training hours if you identified a training program on your own. Members worked with their local supervisors to design 6 projects for the year that meet member interests and fulfill organization needs.

    Top pros:
    - Flexible program, good for independent individuals ready to set and pursue specific interests
    - Pays for trainings by request
    - Good for networking with environmental conservation professionals

    Cons

    The structure of the internship really varies by which non-profit you're located with. Make sure to ask what kind of supervision and training you'll receive, and consider whether that meets your needs. There was also a lot of variety in my year for how much the 6 projects were pre-designed by the organization, versus how much the member needed to design it themselves. Make sure you're clear on this point during your interview and that you're choosing a location and position where you'll have the structure or flexibility that you're looking for. Finally, the stipend itself is below minimum wage, but comes up to right around the Massachusetts minimum wage when you include the education award received at the end of the year. You're expected to receive food stamps in this program.

    Top cons:
    - Structure, training, and supervision vary greatly between sites
    - Stipend falls short of minimum wage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The program could be improved by providing more trainings specific to each position type, and by ensuring clear communication during interviews about expectations for project goals, existing organizational resources and needs, and the supervision available.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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