Member FAQs

What types of positions are available?

Education, environmental, and social services based positions are available at nonprofits, municipal, and faith based organizations. View available positions on our Current Positions page.

What qualifications do I need to serve?

To qualify for PMSC AmeriCorps you must be a United States citizen, United States national or lawful permanent resident of the United States and be at least 17 years of age. There is no upper age limit, and many members bring significant work and life experiences to their assignment. PMSC’s oldest member to date was 78.

How do I apply?

Visit our Current Positions page and see what positions are available, interest you, and fit your overall qualifications. Contact any of the organizations or schools with a current opening to apply for their AmeriCorps position.

This is a competitive process and applying for a position, or requesting consideration for an interview, does not guarantee selection to serve. If a position is marked filled on our website, it is not available. Check back often for new openings or updates.

Do I need to join to be a member?

If selected to serve, one is considered a “member” of the National AmeriCorps service movement and  referred to as an “AmeriCorps member”.

What is a host site?

A “host site” is an organization where a member serves.

Do I receive a wage while serving?

AmeriCorps members receive a “living stipend” while actively serving. The stipend is not considered a wage. The stipend helps with living expenses while you serve. The stipend while serving is $602 biweekly over the term of service for full time serving members. The stipend for less than full time ( 900 hour) members is $320 biweekly  Federal, state, and local taxes are withheld. In addition, upon successful completion of a program year, members are eligible to receive an education award.

What is the education award?

After successfully completing a term of service, PMSC AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive the “Segal AmeriCorps Education Award”. The award may be used to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training or to repay qualified student loans. The 2016-2017 award for a year of full-time service  $5,815 and $2907.50 for part-time (900 hours) service.. Once earned, the award is deposited into a trust fund and recipients have seven years to use the money. The money may be disbursed in increments or used all at once. For members 55 and over, the award may be transferred to a child or grandchild. Learn more about the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.

Can I defer my student loans while I serve in an AmeriCorps position?

You may qualify for postponement, also called forbearance, on payments on qualified federal student loans while serving. A forbearance request may be made to your loan holder once you have started a term of AmeriCorps service.

What is a term of service?

A full-time term of service is 1700 hours, a part-time term is 900 hours, and minimum time is 300 hours. Host sites determine which term of service their position requires.When accepting a position, a member must be willing to make a commitment to serve the entire term.

Do I get health care benefits?

Members serving full time (1700 hours) are eligible for health insurance if they are not currently covered.

Can I get child care benefits?

Members serving 1700 hours may be eligible to receive assistance with child care costs. The benefit is dependent on family income.

Is housing paid for?

No. Housing is not provided for PMSC AmeriCorps service.

Can I go to school or work another job while I serve?

Yes. There are no restrictions on attending school or seeking additional employment while serving with PMSC AmeriCorps. Members cannot be employed and serve at the same organization or school district. This includes substitute teaching or coaching for the same school district in which you serve. Review your position’s time demands directly with your host organization.

Are there any restrictions to who can serve as an AmeriCorps member?

To qualify for PMSC AmeriCorps service you must be a United States citizen, United States national or lawful permanent resident of the United States and be at least 17 years of age. Members must also provide criminal, child abuse, and FBI clearances. A criminal history may bar service as governed by federal statutes and the PA Department of Education.