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2008 Best Places to Launch A Career

103. AmeriCorps


More Info

HQ Address:
1201 New York Ave., NW
Washington D.C. 20525

Organization's Web site

Careers site

Career Office E-mail

Managing Your Career


Recruits serve 1-year terms helping 4,100 nonprofits.

Getting Started

Undergrad Internships


Undergrad internships (paid and unpaid)

2008: NA (to date)

2007: NA

2006: NA*

NA% of internships are paid, NA% are unpaid.

2007 interns came from the following classes...

NA% Freshman

NA% Sophomores

NA% Juniors

NA% Seniors

...and from the following majors:

NA% Business

NA% Computer Science

NA% Economics

NA% Engineering

NA% Liberal Arts

NA% Math

NA% Science

NA% Undeclared


There is not an official summer internship program

Average summer program: NA weeks

Minimum: NA weeks

Maximum: NA weeks

Average hourly wage: NA

Average total intern compensation: NA

NA% of eligible 2007 interns received full-time job offers

NA% of interns with offers accepted

Notes: The recruitment effort for AmeriCorps on campus and in the community is for members who will serve one-year terms with nonprofits addressing pressing social needs in thousands of communities across the country. AmeriCorps does not recruit interns on other than an as-needed basis in some departments.

Applicants & New Hires

Recruited on 450 undergrad campuses in 2007-08.
Made job offers on 450 undergrad campuses.

Applicants for entry-level jobs

    2008: NA (to date)

    2007: 150,000

    2006: NA

Entry-level hiring

Entry-level hiring is not complete for 2008.

New hires in:

2008: 75,000* (to date)

2007: 75,000

2006: 75,000

Entry-level hires who were undergrad interns

2008: NA% (to date)

2007: NA%

2006: NA%

Most important characteristics for new hires:

3 Leadership Skills

2 Work Experience

1 Dedication to community service

AmeriCorps positions are not entry-level jobs with the Corporation for National and Community Service. AmeriCorps members serve directly with 4,100 nonprofit organizations across the country, providing intensive service to meet community needs.

2007 entry-level hires came from the following majors:

NA*% Business

NA% Computer Science

NA% Economics

NA% Engineering

NA% Liberal Arts

NA% Math

NA% Science

NA% Undeclared

% Other

...and are:

24% African American

12% Hispanic American

0% Asian American

14% Other

50% Total minorities

67% Female

Notes: Answers in this section refer to AmeriCorps members. 22.5 percent of AmeriCorps members were college graduates in 2007.

Salary & Benefits

Salary & Benefits

Entry-level hires since Jan. 1, 2008 (to date)

Average base salary:
Less than $35,000*

100% earn less than $35,000

0% earn $35,000 to $39,999

0% earn $40,000 to $44,999

0% earn $45,000 to $49,999

0% earn $50,000 to $54,999

0% earn $55,000 to $59,999

0% earn $60,000 to $64,999

0% earn $65,000 to $69,999

0% earn $70,000 to $74,999

0% earn $75,000 and above

Bonuses, Overtime & Perks

NA% received signing bonuses

Average signing bonus: NA

0% received performance bonuses in their first year on job

Average performance bonus, 2007: NA

NA% of 2007 entry-level hires eligible for overtime

NA% of 2007 entry-level hires not eligible for overtime

Reimburse employees for education expenses? No

Do employees become eligible immediately? NA

Maximum annual education reimbursement: NA

Full grad school sponsorship for jr. level employees? No

Partial grad school sponsorship for jr. level employees? No

Time Off

Total paid vacation days

Vacation days during first year: NA*

Vacation days after one year: NA

Vacation days after three years: NA

Vacation days after five years: NA

Vacation days after 10 years: NA

Total paid holidays: NA

Paid time off for religious observances and/or floating holidays:

Floating holidays/religious observance days off per year: NA

Paid sick/personal days allowed in first year: NA

Flextime is an option for entry-level employees

Health Benefits

Do entry-level hires have access to health plan? Yes

Employees pay part of the cost? No

Does health plan provide dental coverage? No

Extra charge for dental coverage? NA

Does health plan provide vision coverage? No

Extra charge for vision coverage? NA

Are same sex partners permitted as dependents? No

Pension and Profit-sharing

Do entry-level hires have access to 401(k)? Entry-level hires do not have access to a 401(K) savings plan

Max. company match as a percentage of salary: NA%

Min. employee set-aside as a percentage of salary to receive max. co. match: NA%

Are entry-level hires eligible for company funded pension? No

Are entry-level hires eligible for profit-sharing program? No

Other Benefits

Does company match employee charitable gifts? No

Does company pay relocation expenses? Yes

Max. annual relocation expenses? NA

AmeriCorps VISTA provides relocation for its members.

Employee Discounts on the following:

Notes: AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance of about $12,500 a year for full-time sevice. In addition, upon completion of a term of full-time service, they receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $4,725 to pay for college or pay back student loans.

The number of days off for vacation, legal holidays and religious holidays, are determined by the individual programs.

Moving On Up

Work Environment

Average entry-level work week: 40* hours

Does average vary by business unit, department? Yes

Entry-level hire work locations...

NA% in open work stations

NA% in cubicles

NA% in shared offices

NA% in private offices

NA% have no company-supplied work space

Typical dress code

Business Casual*


Organization sponsors employee volunteer opportunities

Does organization have fitness facilities on site? NA

Notes: The number of hours AmeriCorps members serve varies depending on their term of service. A full-time term of service is 1,700 hours.

Because AmeriCorps members serve in a variety of settings, their attire varies.

Training Programs

The organization has a formal orientation program for new hires

Program length: NA* days

Orientation includes the following:

Guest speakers

Diversity exercises

Team building activities

Facilities tour

Benefits overview

NA average spent on training, per new hire, in 2007

There is a formal leadership or management training program that lasts less than a year:

Program Name: VISTA Leaders, NCCC Team Leaders.

How do new employees enter the program? Apply

If not hired directly into program, when are most new hires first considered eligible? Other (explain below)

Eligible after 1 year of service

52-week training program

After completion of program, what percentage of employees receive a raise? 100%

How much is the typical raise: NA

There is not a formal leadership program for entry-level hires that lasts a year or more.

How do new employees enter the program?

If not hired directly into the program, when are most new hires first considered eligible?

Is program rotational?

If so, how many locations or business units does the employee spend time at?

Minimum rotations:

Maximum rotations:

Length of program, in weeks:

Minimum: weeks

Maximum: weeks

After completion, what percentage of employees receive a raise?:

How much is the typical raise:

Does company have formal mentorship program? No

NA% of entry-level hires participate

NA days of additional training expected

Notes: Orientation time varies. VISTAs participate in 3-day pre-service orientations that include diversity training and team-building exercises. For NCCC members, Corps Member Training lasts four weeks and includes CPR, training on equipment such as power tools, diversity training, and safety training. Some are trained to fight wildfires. For State and National members, the time varies by program. All AmeriCorps members may spend up to 20% of their service hours in training programs.

Getting Ahead

Three-year retention rate: NA%

Five-year retention rate: NA%

How are raises determined?


When are most entry-level hires eligible for their first raise?


How are promotions determined?

Other* Members often become Team Leaders are or hired by their agencies.

When are entry-level hires eligible for first promotion?

Other (explain below) Theyre eligible for full employment with their agencies after service.


Frequency of evaluations

Programs determine evaluation schedule

Most important characteristics for entry-level hires:

3 Creativity

1 Effort

2 Enthusiasm

Min. tenure in years required for job change: 1

Transfer rules: After completing service, typically 1 year, some AmeriCorps members may sign on for a second term with a new program.

Long-Term Prospects

Does position of vice president exist at this organization? No

If not, is there a comparable title? Director

No. of employees who hold VP or similar title: 4,100

No. of employees with VP or similar title with 20 years plus seniority: 0

Age of youngest employee with VP or similar title: NA

Seniority of youngest employee with VP or similar title in years: NA

Notes: AmeriCorps members serve for a 1-year term, working with nonprofit groups to provide services in volunteer recruitment, management, and direct service to populations targeted by the nonprofits. Many members are hired by the organization in a staff position following their service or use the skills acquired during their service to secure employment.

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