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I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time (More than a year)
AmeriCorps can be great for people who have little professional experience but would like to gain some. This can vary depending on the site and the AmeriCorps program you're part of. I found my AmeriCorps experience gave me a lot of responsibilities that I may not have been able to take on otherwise. I think this experience, in turn, has helped to make me more attractive to employers in my field. I will have a professional position in my field when I finish my term of service next month. Additionally, the forbearance on the majority of my student loans really helped me a lot. If you complete the number of hours for your term of service, AmeriCorps will also pay off the interest that accrues during your term of service as well as give you an education award that can be used to pay down existing loans. Overall, I really loved my AmeriCorps experience. My site was great. I had a wonderful supervisor and supportive colleagues. I also loved most of the people I was able to help during my term of service.
The living allowance is usually cited by many as the biggest con. It can be hard to manage (~$400/bi-weekly for full time member). If you're not living with someone (roommates, partner, family) and you're not getting help with expenses, I think it will be very hard to live off the living allowance for a year. Also, if you're putting in full time hours and doing what feels like the equivalent of a real job, then the living allowance can feel like a rip off at times. I know AmeriCorps says that members are "volunteers" and hence, justify the living allowance this way. However, I wish they would seriously consider bumping up stipend at least a couple hundred dollars every two weeks. Also, the education award is contingent upon you completing the number of hours AmeriCorps has designated you need to complete (1700 for full time members) NOT simply completing your 11 month term of service. If something happens and you cannot clock in 1700 hours (I think it's 900 if you're part time), then no education award for you.
Advice to Management
Raise the living allowance.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at AmeriCorps.
I Had 2 phone interviews. In the first we mostly talked about locations, but there were also some basic interview questions. The second we talked more about experiences I have had, and how that could help me with this job. I received an email soon afterwards telling me I did not get the job.
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