Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA Fellowship

The Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA Fellowship is a full-time fellowship opportunity hosted through The Swearer Center at Brown University. VISTA fellows are matched with a local organization, state agency, or Swearer Center team to provide capacity-building support for anti-poverty initiatives. Agencies work across a variety of sectors including education, health, arts, the environment, and economic justice. This VISTA Fellowship provides high-impact professional development and training for our VISTA fellows. Training addresses skills required to carry out the assigned VISTA role, as well as skill-building that will be valuable to the VISTA fellow in their future professional pursuits.

View our available placement opportunities (VISTA Assignment Descriptions)

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Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA Fellowship - If you are interested in multiple or all available placements, please use this application.

Structure

VISTA fellows are matched with a local organization, state agency, or Swearer Center team to provide capacity-building support for anti-poverty initiatives. Agencies work in the education, health, arts and/or economic justice sector. Examples of current VISTA fellowship sites include:

Trainings will include role-specific support in data analysis, community organizing and relationship building. Professional development workshops will also support VISTA fellows in advancing their careers. The fellowship is team-focused and provides a variety of resources to help you make the most of your service year experience. 

Benefits

Rhode Island, despite being the smallest state, has the highest concentration of non-profits in the New England area. Providence, being the capital, contains a rich diversity of community work and action. With the support of AmeriCorps, Brown University, site placement organizations and the Swearer Center combined, fellows will have access to a unique array of development opportunities and resources that include: 

  • Online professional development tools through AmeriCorps.
  • Professional development training from site placement organizations and financial support for some personal training opportunities.
  • Brown University’s resources such as on-campus libraries, lectures, workshops, newsletters. 
  • ​Monthly professional development sessions through the Swearer Center and opportunities to build community with other Rhode Island-based VISTA fellows.

In addition, benefits available to all AmeriCorps VISTA fellows include, but are not limited to:

  • Biweekly Living Allowance
  • End-of-Service Award (education award or end-of-service award)
  • Healthcare Benefit 
  • Childcare (if eligible)
  • Relocation allowance (if eligible)
  • Professional Development
  • Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) Status

For more information, please visit the benefits of service web page.

Eligibility/Qualifications

Eligible candidates for the Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA Fellowship will be:

  • A U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.
  • At least 18 years old.
  • A high school graduate (diploma or GED).

Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Responsible and reliable.
  • Able to work in a dynamic environment.
  • Experience with volunteer work is preferred.
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