Prospective VISTA Fellows

Prospective VISTA Fellows

About Siena College VISTA

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 make a positive impact on community development and social justice efforts through anti-poverty, capacity-building work. Since 2008, we have grown into a nationally recognized model for high-impact AmeriCorps*VISTA programs.

Who We Are

Currently, we are a team of 32. Learn more about us on our team page!

  • 1 ACE Staff Coordinator
  • 2 VISTA Leaders (second year VISTA members who serve as a coach and mentor).
  • 29 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

Member Benefits

VISTA Fellows

AmeriCorps*VISTA

  • 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

  • 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

VISTA Leaders

AmeriCorps*VISTA

  • 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

  • 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

Apply

VISTA Fellows

We are not accepting applications. We typically accept applications from August to September and January through 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:

  1. Create an account on nationalservice.gov and fill out a general online application.
  2. 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.
  3. Click on "Siena College VISTA Fellows Program" and submit your general online application by clicking on "Apply Now".

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".

Meet with Us

Meet with Us

We are passionate about the Siena AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows Program and the personal and professional enrichment you will gain from this experience. If you would like to speak with our Coordinator or AmeriCorps VISTA Leaders and learn more about a year of a service in our program, feel free to contact us and schedule an informational interview.

  • Lamara Burgess, ACE Coordinator of Siena VISTA, (518) 782-6962
  • Jimmy Bulmer '12, Siena VISTA Leader, (518) 782-6961
  • Marie Schrankel, Siena VISTA Leader, (518) 782-6961