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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
280 Reviews
3.6
280 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Non-profit based projects in numerous different states (in 23 reviews)

  • toward student loans, and meet others with similar interests (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • living within the budget set by the living stipend (in 16 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    AmeriCorps: Target Tigua

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    Former Employee - CERT Outreach & Training Specialist in El Paso, TX
    Former Employee - CERT Outreach & Training Specialist in El Paso, TX

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

    Pros

    Great training opportunities, excellent work environment.

    Cons

    I don't have any Cons regarding this experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Perfect Resume Builder

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    I had an awesome experience and gained some great contacts working with Americorps in Los Angeles. You truly feel like you're making an impact in the community.

    Cons

    The stipend is absolutely horrible so if you need help paying the bills this is not a good option. Additionally, the hour expectations balanced with a school schedule make it difficult to maintain another job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I realize this is a government entity so it is impossible to gain too much more money, but if possible a stipend increase or additional benefits is needed to allow the students to survive.

  3.  

    Great opportunity for college students

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Terre Haute, IN
    Former Employee - Intern in Terre Haute, IN

    I worked at AmeriCorps part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work hours will not conflict with school hours. Americorps provides excellent opportunities to learn how to lead individually and how to cooperate with large groups of people. Students will learn valuable skills such as grant writing, how to work with various groups of people, multi-tasking skills, and will have hundreds of hours to devote to community service and non-for-profit projects within their community.

    Cons

    Outside requirements may be time consuming. The application process is about 40 pages long and requires 3 references to write and send in to the student's application office for Americorps. Not all schools participate in Americorps. The program I selected provided me with a monthly allowance and by the end of my service term, I received a $2000 grant which helped greatly with school housing fees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generally the program is overlooked by a superior and actually run by grad students. It is easy for your supervisor to get caught up in other projects, so, the student must be very organized and time-conscious.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Would do it again.

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    Current Employee - Literacy Tutor in Mount Vernon, WA
    Current Employee - Literacy Tutor in Mount Vernon, WA

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Saw the impact I made, loved the students I worked with.

    Cons

    Stipend pay is not enough to live on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great program

    Recommends
  6.  

    Americorps VISTA

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    Current Employee - Youth Outreach Coordinator in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Youth Outreach Coordinator in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at AmeriCorps as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great mission! Would love to work there again!

    Cons

    There truly are none! It was a blast!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great organization to serve with at anytime during high school, undergraduate, or graduate school

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    Great way to fulfill passion

    Cons

    Beware of organization that have money management issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay member oriented

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Life changing experience

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    Former Employee - National Civilian Community Corps Member in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - National Civilian Community Corps Member in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at AmeriCorps as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was given the opportunity to travel the country, gain new skills, and work with like minded people. I gained a wealth of new skills in a short amount of time. They provide training, support and education.

    Cons

    You are not compensated very well. You receive a very modest stipend (they do pay for food, work based travel, and living expenses). The education award is not very much and is taxed if you don't use it correctly (overtime as opposed to all in one go), you will lose most of it to taxes. The working conditions are not necessarily glamorous and you may experience things you don't want (sleeping in tents for weeks at a time, sharing a bedroom with 4 other people). It's a rigorous experience and you really need to prepare yourself for it. (But it's totally worth it!)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very rewarding experience while attending college

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Sarasota, FL

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Extremely satisfying experiences, great opportunity to help improve local community, ability to work idependently, and offers grants for education

    Cons

    Working environments can be challenging (in my case, I worked with many children with behavioral problems), compensation is little, and sometimes can get "stuck" without much guidance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Serving America

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    Current Employee - Corps Member in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at AmeriCorps as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps is part of a network of national service programs under the Corpo­ration for National Service and it is just one out of 600 programs in AmeriCorps. NCCC is a 10-month residential program for individuals between the ages of 18-24 years old. Members serve on teams of 10-11 at one of our four region campuses located in Denver, CO; Baltimore, MD; Sacramento, CA and Vinton, IA. Teams serve on projects that last from one day to nine weeks in the areas of energy conservation, environmental stewardship, urban & rural development, infrastructure improvement, and disaster relief. In exchange, members receive an education award, room & board, living allowance, medical insurance, uniforms, training, and transportation to and from the campus at the beginning and end of the year.

    Cons

    -Low pay in exchange for free travel, meals, housing, and transportation
    -Long and sometimes rigorous work days

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    An amazing experience

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Vicksburg, MS
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Vicksburg, MS

    I have been working at AmeriCorps as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get to see areas you normally would not get to go too. You get to see different landmarks and get to know local people. I had never been in the south before Americorps and now I want to move down there, everyone was so hospitable.

    Cons

    While most members of Americorps are outstanding, there are those select few who you would not expect to see in an organization meant to help others. In my year there were individuals who would steal anything they could get too, they would also take the TV cards out of any public TV so they would have free rain to watch what they wanted when they wanted. Stole food out of every teams fridge, and just left trash and debree wherever they went. Just vile people who cared only about themselves, and I have no idea why they joined Americorps with attitudes like that. Also when caught with stolen items the individuals were given 3 warning before termination. Americorps was way too lenient on them. Keep in mind though these were only 10 or 12 out of 200+ so did not ruin the amazing experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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