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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated 27 January 2015
Updated 27 January 2015
309 Reviews
3.6
309 Reviews
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AmeriCorps Director Rosie K. Mauk
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Review Highlights

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.  

    You gain a tremendous amount of experience and your accomplishments look very nice on a resume.

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Charleston, SC (US)
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Charleston, SC (US)

    I worked at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    AmeriCorps was a life changing event! I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to make a difference in the world.

    Cons

    Your experiences gained in the program are like none other. However the compensation can be a bit challenging for many, you have to learn to live with less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great overall experience and challenging in all the right ways!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    First-hand non-profit experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    My AmeriCorps year gave me first-hand experience working in a non-profit. Having volunteered my time and effort numerous times in different non-profits both as a volunteer and intern, I always found myself disappointed in the menial and insignificant tasks I would be given. As an AmeriCorps member, even though I wasn't paid a full salary, I was taken seriously and given tasks and responsibilities that were important to the functioning of my site. I was extremely pleased to finally be treated like a full staff member. Of course, this can largely be attributed to the excellent site I had, but AmeriCorps gave me this incredible opportunity.

    Cons

    Obviously, the stipend is low. However, our program manager was resourceful in connecting us with financial aid letters for gym membership, applying for food stamps, etc. Also, my program (adult education) was cut after the first year, even though I was hoping to work at my site for another year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be beneficial to give more trainings about career goals and planning! Obviously, the stipend is very low but I assume this decision isn't up to management, but to the government.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    AmeriCorps VISTA

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Detroit, MI (US)
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Detroit, MI (US)

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, positive and idealistic culture, and good connections to area organizations

    Cons

    Low compensation, experiences vary greatly among members

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Placement Specific

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

    I worked at AmeriCorps (more than a year)

    Pros

    Potential to be placed in interesting organization that is in pursuit of alleviating poverty and make contributions that assist the organization in being successful. Potential to gain valuable skills, connections, and knowledge.

    Cons

    The success of the commitment is largely dependent upon the organization which you select or are placed. If they value having you and are willing to make an investment in teaching you then it is possible to gain much out of the year. If uninvested it is possible to spend a year doing tasks that don't foster learning or growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A greater check grantee organizations to ensure that they are benefitting the development of their year-long AmeriCorps members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Americorps Alaska

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Juneau, AK (US)
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Juneau, AK (US)

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

    Pros

    Staff in Juneau are very helpful and provide adequate training
    Parks Department as well as Fish and Game will teach you a lot about the environment

    Cons

    Sleep in tents every night
    group meals at night were barely edible
    mosquitos that meant business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Happy with the experience!

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    Current Employee - Health Navigator in Lansing, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Health Navigator in Lansing, MI (US)

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    I was able to really add value to the community and work with other Americorps members who shared the same passion.

    Cons

    Some host site employees make it seem like your contribution is less valuable because you are not an employee. It depends on your host site. I was lucky with a great one for my first term and second one but some employees in the later term didn't treat us like assets or teammates more like competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the program around. It really fosters community engagement and grass-root efforts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    AmeriCorps Vista - On Campus Transition Program ( Arc Jacksonville)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Work Readiness Mentor in Jacksonville, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Work Readiness Mentor in Jacksonville, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Office culture was very laid back
    options to volunteer/work on the weekends and on Friday nights for Club Arc (FUN!!)
    Being a part of the Alumni of Americorp is great. We're the people the community making major impact on the community level. Its very self rewarding.

    Cons

    Other Americorp vista staff not completing work assignments
    Americorp Director was not the best at leadership and management of the corp members and staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have leaders who lead with the capable to be effective managers as well!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Love

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Rochester, NY (US)
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Rochester, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Although I am only halfway through my term of service, I know that AmeriCorps will be one of the most rewarding experiences I will have in life.

    Cons

    It is very difficult to survive on the living allowance without help, but it's all part of the experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing experience got to work with underprivileged children

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    Very rewarding experience plus you get an award at the end

    Cons

    Not a lot of help from teachers in classroom

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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