NC Campus Compact VISTA

Since 2003, more than 230 individuals have served with the North Carolina Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA program, building the capacity of programs that fight poverty and strengthening partnerships between colleges and communities.

Are you an active citizen who...

  • wants to learn about non-profits AND higher education?
  • has or hopes to gain skills or experience in youth development, hunger relief, or community development?
  • seeks a gap year experience where you can make a difference in NC?

... then our Afterschool Corps OR our Hunger Corps could be right for you!

We are NOW RECRUITING FOR FULL-YEAR MEMBERS to join our Hunger Corps project. Start date is February 19, 2019. Sites include: East Carolina University, UNC Pembroke, UNC Charlotte, Warren Wilson College, Wingate University, and more.


(Please note: Like all AmeriCorps positions, this position is contingent on available federal funding. To explore other AmeriCorps positions in the Campus Compact national network check out this interactive map or visit


What is the NC Afterschool Corps?

The NC Afterschool Corps is a team of individuals who serve full-time for 1 year with a college or community-based organization to build the capacity of afterschool programs that serve low-income children and families. Corps members primarily work to increase volunteer involvement with and funding for the afterschool program. They also help integrate a Design for Change unit into the afterschool curriculum, and they raise community awareness of the value of afterschool by planning a "Lights on Afterschool" event. A project of North Carolina Campus Compact, all Afterschool Corps members are also members of AmeriCorps VISTA.

What is the NC Hunger Corps?

The NC Hunger Corps supports programs and organizations that address hunger and healthy eating among low-income children, families, and individuals, while developing opportunities for higher education civic and community engagement.NC Hunger Corps VISTA members may support on-campus or off-campus hunger relief programs, including programs that target low-income or disadvantaged college students and staff.

What is North Carolina Campus Compact?

North Carolina Campus Compact is a collaborative network of colleges and universities committed to educating students for civic and social responsibility, partnering with communities for positive change, and strengthening democracy. The NC Campus Compact state office fosters connections between campuses, shares best practice information and resources, recognizes outstanding work, and champions civic and community engagement in higher education. Founded in NC in 2002, we are the state affiliate of the national Campus Compact organization, and our main office is hosted by Elon University. Our AmeriCorps VISTA program is one of the ways we help strengthen campus-community partnerships, improve communities, and create opportunities for community-based learning and service. More info

What is AmeriCorps VISTA?

AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program that allows citizens to serve full-time for one year to build the capacity of non-profit organizations and programs that fight poverty. VISTA stands for "Volunteers in Service to America." VISTA is administered by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service. Each year, about 8,000 individuals serve through VISTA with host organizations across the country. More info

Why should I join the NC Afterschool Corps?

Because you care about educational inequity and creating opportunities for kids. Because you like volunteering and working with college students. Because you had fun being part of an afterschool or summer learning program. Because you are interested in "design-thinking" or adolescent development. Because you are looking for an intensive year-long service experience that will let you develop professional skills. Because high-quality afterschool programs make a big difference for kids and families, and you want to make a difference!

Your primary work will involve organizational and program development, especially improving volunteer recruitment, resource development (fundraising and grant-writing), curriculum enhancement, and event management. VISTAs members do not provide "direct service," so you will not have a role working directly with children as a afterschool caregiver or teacher. 

What skills and qualifications do I need?

*Several host sites are especially interested in candidates who are bilingual Spanish/English speakers!*

Applicants should have a passion for the VISTA mission of fighting poverty and for the goals of the NC Afterschool Corps. Ideal candidates will have experience in afterschool settings or with youth development programs, past leadership in college campus service programs, and interests in volunteer recruitment, fundraising, and design-thinking. Qualified applicants should have strong oral and written communication, networking, and organizational skills. Other qualifications include:

  • 18 years old, no upper age limit
  • Hold one of the following citizenship statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens and persons 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.
  • Ability to serve FULL-TIME for ONE YEAR term of service (July 20, 2018 - July 19, 2019).
  • Pass a national service criminal history check (upon selection)
  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year institution strongly desired; 2-year degree and relevant experience will be considered.
  • Able to attend VISTA Pre-Service Orientation July 16-19, 2018 in Orlando, FL (travel & expenses paid by VISTA) and NC Afterschool Corps orientation the week of August 6 (travel & expesnes paid by NC Campus Compact).

What benefits do Corps members receive?

Our Corps members receive the same benefits as other AmeriCorps VISTA members serving in NC: 

  • Living allowance (also called a living stipend) of $33.73/day, paid bi-weekly (~ $472 every 2 weeks = ~ $12,300/year, pre-tax)
  • Choice of $5,920 Segal Education award OR $1800 end of service bonus, earned upon completion of your service year
  • Student loan forbearance or deferrement, if eligible, and payment of accrued interest during service, if eligible 
  • Healthcare benefits (not insurance) learn more
  • Non-competitive eligiblity (NCE), which coveys special hiring status when you apply for federal jobs after your service year
  • Relocation assistance, childcare assistance, and travel reimbursement, if eligble
  • Orientation and in-service training

Our Corps members also have access to a professional development fund, are connected to our network of more than 200 VISTA alumni, and may accept housing assistance provided by the host site. Learn more about VISTA benefits.

How do I apply?


Review our NC Afterschool Corps position listing. Then create your profile on Fill out an application - including 2 professional references - and submit your application to our position listing. You are applying to the program, not to a specific site. Our priority application deadline is May 1, but applications are reviewed and positions offered on a rolling basis, so apply early for the best shot at placement.


View info and complete the online application form. Submit your application by April 20 for best chance of placement. After submitting your application, send a current copy of your resume as an attachment to 

How are NC Afterschool Corps members selected?

Selection is a competitive process. Once you have submitted your application through the AmeriCorps portal it is forwarded to NC Campus Compact. NC Campus Compact contacts qualified candidates to request a résumé and supplemental info, then we conduct screening interviews with selected applicants. Strong candidates are invited to a second round of interviews with host site supervisors whose projects may match the candidate's skills and interests. A candidate's application may be reviewed by multiple host sites. If selected, candidates receive an offer to serve at a particular host site, and you will have a choice to accept the offer. If you accept, we'll begin the on-boarding and orientation process. 

When does the term of service begin/ end?

All FULL-YEAR Corps members must attend a required Pre-Service Orientation July 16-19. The first day of service is Friday, July 20, 2018 and members will serve a 1-year term ending July 19, 2019. 

NC Afterschool Corps members work full-time, approximately 40 hours/week. You will typically work the same hours as other staff at your host site, though you may work occasional weekends or evenings depending on the project. AmeriCorps VISTA does provide for 10 days of personal leave and 10 days of sick leave during the service year, and you will typically receive the same holidays as other organization staff.

Where will I serve?

Host site organizations may be either a college or university or a community-based non-profit agency. In most cases, a Corps member will be the only member at their agency. During the interview process you may express your preference for a particular host site, but we cannot guarantee placement at a requested site. You will have the option to accept or decline an offer to serve at a site. As of March 5, we are still determining our 2018-19 host sites. The interactive map above shows 2017-18 sites, many of which will be continuing as host sites in the coming project year.

Do host sites offer housing?

Host sites are asked to offer some form of housing assistance, either by arranging low-cost or no-cost housing for the Corps member or providing a monthly housing supplement directly to a landlord or rental agency. Some host sites may not offer housing support. Please discuss this with the host site representative during the interview process.

Where can I learn more?

About AmeriCorps VISTA
AmeriCorps VISTA Terms, Conditions, & Benefits
About NC Campus Compact

For more information, please contact VISTA Program Coordinator or call 336-278-7278.