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How do you submit an application for AmeriCorps?

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Individuals interested in applying for AmeriCorps may do so online at the organization's website, americorps.gov. Applicants view possible volunteer opportunities and submit applications for the projects that interest them. The applicant should expect to provide information such as education and employment history, community service experience, references, a motivational statement and criminal history.

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AmeriCorps allows individuals to create two different versions of their application in recognition that applicants may possess a variety of skills and an interest in different kinds of projects. The skills and experience one project requires may be quite different from others. This allows individuals to apply for a greater range of projects. Applicants may apply to up 10 AmeriCorps opportunities with each version of their application, thus allowing individuals to apply to up to 20 opportunities.

AmeriCorps volunteers spend one year engaged in community service work, often in full-time positions. Service opportunities can include providing disaster assistance, tutoring, mentoring and recycling program administration. In exchange for their service, AmeriCorp volunteers receive a living stipend, student loan deferment and the ability to develop job skills. Upon completion of their service, they may receive education funds that can be used to pay for tuition or to pay off student loans.

President Bill Clinton created AmeriCorps in 1993 to provide adults with opportunities to participate in community service activities in their communities. The Corporation for National and Community Service runs the program.

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