Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions regarding MTCC AmeriCorps positions. If you have a question about service that is not answered here, please contact Eli Bowe, the MTCC Program Specialist, at bowe@mtcompact.org.

AmeriCorps VISTA members are placed with colleges, universities, schools, nonprofits, and government agencies throughout Montana. VISTA members build capacity at these sites, focusing on education equity and veterans services. VISTA members help assess community needs, amplify local initiatives, and support long-term solutions to poverty.

AmeriCorps Leaders are placed in high schools, colleges, universities, and education-focused nonprofits throughout Montana. They serve directly with low-income and first-generation students, helping them to attain their education goals and prepare for successful careers.

Find additional information about our programs here.

Full-time MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA members must:

      • Be at least 18 years old when they begin their VISTA service;
      • Have one of the following citizenship statuses: U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens, or persons legally residing in a state that have the following legal residency classifications: refugee, asylum or asylee, temporary protected status or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status. By law, only VISTA members who are either U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, or Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens—sometimes referred to as “Lawful Permanent Residents”—are eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award. All other members will receive an end of service cash stipend;
      • Have earned a college degree by the time they begin their VISTA service. (Bachelor’s or higher preferred. Associates and relevant work experience considered).

Montana Campus Compact welcomes persons of every ethnicity, origin, ability, sexual orientation, gender expression, and economic status.

Full-time MTCC AmeriCorps Leaders must:

      • Be at least 18 years of age when they begin their AmeriCorps service;
      • Have one of the following citizenship statuses: U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, or Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens;
      • Have obtained an Associate’s Degree or higher. (Consideration may be given to qualified candidates without a degree, particularly current college students pursuing a “gap year” or other temporary break from college).

Montana Campus Compact welcomes persons of every ethnicity, origin, ability, sexual orientation, gender expression, and economic status.

COVID-19 continues to have far-reaching impacts, and it is not certain what effects this situation may have on the 2021-2022 service term. Rest assured that ourcurrent cohort has been able to engage in meaningful service effectively and safely. Service members’ health, as well as the well-being of those they serve, is the number one priority for MTCC and our host sites. Provisions will be made to accommodate best practices for safety when new members arrive in Montana.

Now, more than ever, there is a need for dedicated AmeriCorps members to strengthen our students and support our communities. MTCC is proud of all our members who have continued to make a difference during sometimes difficult times.

You may find this information provided by AmeriCorps helpful.

All full-year MTCC AmeriCorps members participate in Pre-Service Orientation, the Community Building Institute, the Building Engaged Citizens training, ServeMontana Symposium, and a Close of Service training. Except for the Community Building Institute, all trainings are held in-person, allowing members to learn and reflect with the entire cohort of MTCC AmeriCorps members.*  Trainings focus on information specific to service, life after service, and how to engage with Montana communities. Members are also provided with site-specific training during their first week of service and throughout the year. Lastly, members participate in AmeriCorps cohort video calls several times per month, giving them a chance to reconnect, collaborate, and receive additional training.

*Please note: As the COVID-19 situation develops, MTCC will determine whether it will be safe to resume in-person trainings in the 2021-2022 service year. Trainings will occur virtually if it is deemed necessary to protect the health of our members and those they serve.

Full-time AmeriCorps members commit to completing one year of service. AmeriCorps VISTA members begin in either July or August, depending on their host site’s needs. AmeriCorps Leaders begin on September 1st.

Part-time AmeriCorps Team Members commit to completing 300 hours of service during the academic year. These members serve one or two semesters, and sometimes continue into the summer.

AmeriCorps Summer Associates commit to serving approximately three months (early-June to mid-August).

There are several priority deadlines for the 2021-2022 service year (listed below). By submitting an application before a priority deadline and completing an interview with MTCC staff, you can be considered for service with an MTCC host site and receive a match on the associate Match Date. (To learn more about the MTCC matching process read “Can I Pick My Service Site?” below, and visit this page. Following the final deadline, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

To receive a host site match, MTCC must have received your application on or before the submission deadline, you must have attended an interview with MTCC staff, and you must have accepted an offer to serve with MTCC before the associated Match Day.
Submission Deadline #1 – March 17
Match Day #1 – March 24
Submission Deadline #2 – April 21
Match Day #2 – April 28
Submission Deadline #3 – May 19
Match Day #3 – May 26
Rolling Application Period – Begins May 20

The most up-to-date position listings can be found here.

At MTCC we match applicants to positions that will best utilize their strengths, meet their interests, and provide for the needs of the our partner host sites. During the interview process, candidates are asked for their top five site choices, and are matched with the site that best fits their skills and qualifications. For candidates that truly do not have a service site preference, or would simply like to serve where their skills are most needed, there is a “Serve Where Most Needed” option. If selected, you will be matched with a host site that MTCC staff believe will provide you the most productive and rewarding experience.

Here is a simplified description of the steps in the process:

Step 1: Submit the MTCC AmeriCorps Application, found here.

Step 2: If your application is accepted, you will have the chance to interview with MTCC staff and share your host site preferences.

Step 3: Following your interview, you may receive an offer to serve with MTCC. If you accept this offer, you will be matched with a host site based on your preferences and skills.

Step 4: After speaking with the host site, you will have a final opportunity to accept the match. If you do so, you will start the onboarding process to begin service in the summer!

We think it’s important for you to understand that since MTCC utilizes a matching process, you are not guaranteed to be placed with your top site choice. What we do guarantee is that our staff put careful time and consideration into every proposed match. Doing so has allowed us to bring together fantastic AmeriCorps members and wonderful host sites into productive collaborations that benefit the citizens of Montana.

MTCC does not provide housing for its members. We can provide some assistance in locating housing resources if you are moving to a new community. A few of our college-based host sites are able to provide members with free or discounted housing in campus dorms; however, this is not a guarantee at any site.

Members should be prepared to locate and pay for their own housing, making use of all available options, including public benefits (when eligible) and shared housing options (e.g., renting an apartment with roommates who are AmeriCorps members, graduate students, etc.).

Full-time Montana Campus Compact AmeriCorps members receive a bi-weekly living stipend, intended to be sufficient for covering basic living costs and expenses. More information on financial benefits can be found on our Types of Service page and our Benefits of Service page.

In most cases, AmeriCorps Summer Associates also receive a bi-weekly living stipend.

Part-time AmeriCorps Team Members do not receive a living allowance. However, where applicable, they may combine their service with a work study position and receive pay as appropriate.

Members who successfully complete service will also receive an Education Award. Read “What is the Segal AmeriCorps Education award?” (below) for more information.

Yes, full-time Montana Campus Compact National Service members are eligible for health insurance benefits.

As an AmeriCorps member, you may qualify for loan forbearance, loan deferment, or income-driven repayment plans. You may also be eligible to have the AmeriCorps pay the interest accrued on qualified student loans during your service term. Find more information at the AmeriCorps website.

The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is provided to an AmeriCorps members upon successful completion of a service term. For the 2021-2022 service term, the full-year award amount is $6,345 (AmeriCorps Team Members and Summer Associates receive $1,342). The Education Award can be used to pay for future tuition and related education expenses, or to pay back qualifying student loans. The award is held in a federal trust and may be used for up to 7 years after the service term concludes. Please refer to the AmeriCorps website for further information.

Please note: AmeriCorps VISTA members may elect to receive an an end-of-service cash stipend of $1,800 in place of the Education Award. Learn more.

No! Many applicants come from other parts of the country to serve with MTCC AmeriCorps.

Since 2000, AmeriCorps members have served with MTCC from 48 of the 50 states!

A personal vehicle is not required to serve with the MTCC AmeriCorps program at-large. Some positions do entail frequent travel, and will require a valid driver’s license.

In a handful of our more remote service locations, a personal vehicle would be required. These are noted in the individual service site descriptions.