Prospective VISTA Fellows

The Gateway to Your Career

 

What We Are

The Siena College AmeriCorps*VISTA Fellows was established within the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College in 2008. It is a full-time, one year, postgraduate service opportunity for individuals who want to provide a positive impact on community development and social justice efforts through anti-poverty, capacity building work. Since 2008, we have grow into a nationally recognized model for high-impact AmeriCorps*VISTA programs.
 

Who We Are

Currently, we are a team of 35. Learn more about us on our team page!

  • 1 ACE Staff Coordinator
  • 2 VISTA Leaders (second year VISTAs who serve as a coach and mentor).
  • 32 VISTA Fellows
 

Where We Are

Our VISTA Fellows are matched with one of our 30+ nonprofit community partners located in mainly Albany and Troy. We also maintain national partnerships with the Bonner Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
 

How We Support Our VISTA Fellows

Our program provides high-impact professional development training that focuses on the enhancement of your personal and professional life. Trainings can include:

  • Grant writing
  • Community organizing
  • Board mobilization
  • Volunteer recruitment, training, and retention
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Public speaking
  • Facilitating
  • Business etiquette
  • Interviewing
 

Benefits

For AmeriCorps*VISTA Fellows

  • Modest federal living allowance ($11,352 for the year)
  • Pre-Service Orientation
  • VISTAs are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Emergency health benefits
  • Childcare (if applicable)

Siena College Benefits

  • On-site Orientation
  • Professional development trainings by experienced faculty and staff at Siena College and community partners
  • Conference and retreat opportunities
  • Siena College faculty/staff parking tag and access to the gym, cafeteria, and library
  • 30+ member VISTA Fellows team
  • ACE administrative support and guidance

For AmeriCorps VISTA Leaders

  • Modest federal living allowance
  • Relocation allowance (if eligible)
  • VISTA Leader Orientation
  • VISTAs are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Emergency health benefits
  • Childcare (if applicable)

Siena College Benefits

  • On-Site Orientation
  • Relocation allowance (if eligible)
  • Housing stipend provided by Siena College ACE
  • Opportunities to lead activities for Siena AmeriCorps*VISTA Fellows including workshops, presentations, program requirements, one-on-one mentorship and guidance meetings, and national service week
  • Conference and retreat opportunities
  • Siena College faculty/staff parking tag and access to the gym, cafeteria, and library
  • 30+ member VISTA Fellows team
  • ACE administrative support and guidance
 

How to Apply

For VISTA Fellows

We are not accepting applications. We typically accept applications from January to the end of March each year.

Thank you for your interest in applying for the Siena College AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows Program! Applying to our program has never been easier. To start the application process, follow these three easy steps:

  • Create an account on nationalservice.gov and fill out a general online application.
  • Search for our listing on nationalservice.gov by typing "Siena College" in the "Program Name" box. Our current listings will show up once you press enter.
  • Click on "Siena College VISTA Fellows Program" and submit your general online application by clicking on "Apply Now".

For VISTA Leaders

We are not accepting applications. We typically accept applications January through February each year.

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Siena College AmeriCorps VISTA Leader position. If you have successfully completed an AmeriCorps*VISTA year of service (or will by the time you start serving at a VISTA Leader), then you are eligble to apply for a Siena VISTA Leader position! Applying to our program has never been easier. To start the application process, follow these three easy steps:

  • Sign in to your account on nationalservice.gov and update your general online application.
  • Search for our listing on nationalservice.gov by typing "Siena College" in the "Program Name" box. Our current listings will show up once you press enter.
  • Click on "Siena College AmeriCorps VISTA Leader" and submit your general online application by clicking on "Apply Now".