What does it mean to serve with Campus Compact VISTA?

Members who serve with Campus Compact's AmeriCorps VISTA program spend a year building capacity at host sites all across the country. AmeriCorps members work on projects that support low-income college students, k-12 students, and community members through projects focused on education, food security, basic needs, housing, veterans & military families, environmental stewardship, college access and success, workforce development, and more. Members build capacity for organizations, working behind-the-scenes to expand and improve programs that impact low-income people and lift individuals and communities out of poverty.

As an AmeriCorps VISTA member through Campus Compact, you’ll serve day-to-day at your host site campus but be a part of a nationwide cohort of Compact VISTA members who will gather weekly in a virtual space to grow skills, build community, share and collaborate on our work, and reflect.

Benefits of service

As a Campus Compact AmeriCorps member, you'll receive the shared training and professional development you'll need to succeed in your role and beyond. With support from a team of dedicated program staff, near-peer support from VISTA Leaders, and a cohort of other AmeriCorps members placed around the United States, you'll find yourself in a collaborative community with tons of opportunities for learning.

As an AmeriCorps member, you'll receive:

  • Post-service education award of $6,495 or cash stipend of $1,800
  • Biweekly living allowance
  • Relocation allowance, if moving more than 50 miles
  • Two weeks paid personal leave & two weeks paid sick leave
  • Basic health coverage
  • Student loan forbearance or deferment
  • Ongoing training, support, and professional development
  • Childcare benefits for dependents under age 13 (must meet income guidelines)
  • Non-Competitive Eligibility for one year after the successful completion of VISTA service
My time as an AmeriCorps member allowed me to start to think really critically about ways in which I would like to contribute to this world.
- Matthew Alvarado-Ross, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
At the end of my service, it’s amazing to see how much I learned.
- Abby Imperial, North Park University
VISTA allowed me to learn the importance of building capacity and creating sustainable solutions to bring positive change and resources to a community.
- Maria Hendrickson, Bryant University
Being an AmeriCorps member has increased my level of confidence in taking my next step to both grad school and in my career.
- Celeste Garcia, Northwestern University

How to Apply

There are a few ways you can get started:

  • Visit the My AmeriCorps portal and search for "Campus Compact." This will show you all available positions. Find a good fit, and submit your application!
  • Check out our available positions listing to see what's open in the regions and/or focus areas you're interested in. From there, you can click the direct link to apply on the My AmeriCorps portal or reach out to the site supervisor directly.
  • Send your resume to vista@compact.org! Let us know you'd like to serve with us, and we'll get in touch to share more about the program and connect you with a position that's the right fit for you.

Still have questions? Get in touch at vista@compact.org.