Is AmeriCorps worth looking into?
July 8, 2008 11:30 PM Subscribe
I'm thinking about applying for an AmeriCorps job with serious reservations.
posted by macrowave to work & money (14 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
It's all vague right now... I wish I could be more specific, but I'm having a hard time navigating their system. Basically, I just don't know how the program operates.
In a nutshell I'm a recent undergrad. I took a long time to get through college. I was once an art student at a stupidly expensive school. I almost graduated but then faltered in my senior year. I'm in a bunch of debt and recently got a B.S in communications from a state school in Illinois. I'm still waiting tables and close-ish to 30.
My second-round college plan was to study journalism. I did incredibly well, all things considered, won impressive awards, learned things, and met incredible people in the field. Ideally, I'd love an internship at NPR, Vocalo, WTTW, et al. I'm thinking about applying to U of I Springfield's Public Affairs program. I've also been thinking of getting a Master's In Education with an emphasis on HS journalism (however that works) but...
I'm at a point in my life where I can't work for NOTHING. Internships available to recent college grads are impossible for me financially. I am currently paying the principal interest on my loans by waiting tables 30-50 hours a week. I want out. It is dehumanizing and I've been making money this way since I was 16.
So I've been thinking about doing AmeriCorps. Hypothetically, I could "volunteer" there and only work a food service job a couple of nights a week to make ends meet. Is this possible? Can you work on top of an AmeriCorps job? In Chicago? And can it lead to actual employment and/or grad school scholarships? Any first-person accounts would be greatly appreciated.
And, no, I don't know which specific program I'm talking about. Something to do with schools, community building, or some other thing that I will eventually love but have yet to hear about. I don't understand the breadth of various programs available. Have you or anyone you know done any of them?