To apply for the AmeriCorps program, submit an online application at NationalService.gov. The program then sends an acknowledgement packet by mail and asks applicants to call to complete the rest of the application, which includes credit and criminal background checks, according to the Corporation for National & Community Service. The application process is competitive, and the program rejects some applicants and places others on a waiting list.Continue Reading
The AmeriCorps program has two application deadlines each year. The dates vary, but they usually are around April 1 and July 1, according to Luther College. Individuals should apply as early in the application period as possible because the programs can close early if they have a significant number of applicants.
The AmeriCorps program includes two separate service tracks. In the traditional service track, members work in several areas, including education, environmental conservation and urban and rural development. Members of the FEMA Corps work in disaster-stricken areas as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. AmeriCorps applicants can select either track or both tracks as part of their application, but they can't switch tracks once they accept a service invitation, the CNCS explains. Members who complete service in either track are eligible for a living allowance and an education award, and the amounts are the same in both tracks.Learn more about Credit & Lending