The Summer Associate program is a short-term service opportunity through which college students, and soon-to-become college students serve with nonprofits or college campuses for eight or ten week terms to alleviate poverty in Montana communities. Priority programming areas are nutrition/summer feeding, summer learning loss prevention, STEM programming, and veterans and military family programming. Summer Associates serve full time in both an indirect and direct capacity.

MTCC 2018 Summer Associate Host Site Application is now live!
The priority application deadline is March 1, 2018.

Applications received after this deadline are awarded on a case by case basis depending on available resources. Contact Erin Barstow, VISTA Manager for more information.



Step One:
In order to apply, first download the following application materials:
MTCC 2018 Summer Associate MOU and Attachments

Step Two:
Our application is hosted on Submittable. To apply you will need to register on Submittable. It takes only a few minutes to register, requiring only your name, email address and password for registering. Click here to apply to host a 2018 Summer Associate.

If applying for a Summer Associate to help with summer feeding refer to this Summer Associate Assignment Description template created by No Kid Hungry Montana for help with your application.

The cost share fee to host a Summer Associate is $850 per member placed.

Prospective Host Site Webinar Playback - February 2018
**Strongly encouraged for ALL host sites new and returning. Learn about MTCC VISTA program priorities, tips and instructions to complete the application, the role of the supervisor and host site, and the NEW recruitment process.


New Summer Associate 2018 recruitment protocol: Prioritizing local, partner-led recruitment.

Montana Campus Compact will alter our candidate recruitment protocol for the Summer Associate 2018 term. All approved host sites must recruit their VISTA Summer Associate candidates. This is a notable change from previous years when MTCC led national and state-wide recruitment efforts and passed qualified candidates to sites for review. MTCC has always encouraged sites to recruit locally, and many have successfully placed candidates from within their communities.

Why? As a network of Montana colleges and universities, MTCC’s highest priority for service is Montanans! VISTA Summer Associates do not receive relocation or housing funds and recruiting locally will eliminate this burden. Service is a short 10 weeks! Recruiting a candidate from your local community, or someone familiar to your organization, will allow them to leave a greater impact on your organization, and perhaps begin a service commitment that lasts longer than the summer.

How will MTCC help in this process? MTCC’s network office will continue to advertise Summer Associate positions in Montana colleges and pass interested candidates on to sites. Sites are more than welcome to contact MTCC staff to discuss local recruitment strategies. Locally, staff at our affiliate college campuses can help connect you with their students.

What will this new process look like? After MTCC approves host site applications, candidate recruitment will begin. If you’ve been through a cycle of Summer Associate programming and know the terms, conditions and benefits, we encourage you to start generating a pool of interested candidates now! Host sites conduct interviews of prospective candidates and direct prospective candidates to formally apply to your Summer Associate AmeriCorps application (MTCC will provide this application link). MTCC must receive all AmeriCorps application items and approve candidates for national service* to formally place a candidate. MTCC will contact candidate(s) to ensure an understanding and compliance of Summer Associate terms, conditions and benefits.

*AmeriCorps member qualifications: members must be U.S. citizens and pass a background check and an NSOPW search. Members must be over the age of 18. A candidate related by blood, marriage or adoption to the staff or Board of Directors of the host site organization cannot serve at said organization.

MTCC 2017 Summer Host Site Timeline

February 14th 10:00AM Host Site webinar (and review of new recruitment protocol) RSVP to Erin Barstow by February 13th

March 1st: Priority Deadline -proposals due to MTCC network office

March 1st-30th: Clarification period

April 2nd: Award notifications sent/Candidate recruitment begins

Early May TBA: Final offers extended to candidates

Early May TBA: Host site preparation webinar

June 1st: Pre-Service Orientation for members and first day of service

August 9th: Last day of service

For more information contact VISTA Manager Erin Barstow at 406-243-5458