AmeriCorps*VISTA

*VISTA is for people who are:

  • Concerned about poverty in America
  • A college graduate
  • An organizer, a resource-builder, a self-starter
  • Patient enough to work on a project that might not show results quickly
  • Interested in creating or expanding programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty
  • Interested in providing indirect service through building the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of a nonprofit organization or local government agency
  • Comfortable staying in one community for one full calendar year

Examples of the work that VISTA members do:

  • Create an adult literacy awareness campaign and recruit volunteer tutors.
  • Set up transitional housing dedicated to helping the homeless turn their lives around.
  • Expand programs to help low-income families obtain affordable health insurance.
  • Recruit mentors for children of incarcerated parents.
  • Organize shelter and job opportunities for victims of disasters

Payment and Benefits

AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a modest living allowance (currently $11,800/year pre-tax, distributed bi-weekly), health care benefits, student loan forbearance or deferment, one year of noncompetitive status for a federal government job, and access to the network of VISTA & VISTA alumni. Upon completing a full year of service, you will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6195. Learn more about the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.

How do I search for positions?

VISTA positions change every 1-3 years due to the nature of the federal grant cycles.  Given that there are few established VISTA programs that operate year after year within a given nonprofit or government agency, it can be difficult to find what VISTA positions are available in a community for the coming year.  There are four main ways that you can search:

  • Search for VISTA positions on the “Advanced Listing Search” site of the official website.
  • On the main page of the official website, select the state you are interested in under “AmeriCorps in Your State”.  Then download, “AmeriCorps in state (PDF)”. Here you will find a comprehensive list of all the AmeriCorps placements in that given state for the previous year.  If you find a program that looks interesting, you can contact the organization directly and inquire about whether there are available VISTSA positions for the coming year.
  • Sometimes VISTA positions are posted on a state’s Council of Non-profits website. Go to the National Council of Nonprofits website to find your state’s website.
  • While there is currently not a comprehensive website that lists all of the AmeriCorps*VISTA positions, we have compiled a growing list of programs that you should be aware.  Please click here for the list.

How do I apply for positions?

  • Contact the organization directly to find out if they have their own application process.
  • Apply on-line directly by registering and completing an application.

Some information has been repurposed from the AmeriCorps*VISTA website.