VISTA Member Eligibility & Benefits

Join a tremendous team of professionals in Montana to make a credible effort to help people and communities escape poverty! Please check out the VISTA terms, conditions and benefits online at the VISTA Campus!

Full-Year Members - Starting in July or January

  • Qualified applicants must be able to relocate to Montana for a year of service.
  • The opportunity to make a difference in a community.
  • Monthly living allowance of approximately $990 per month (gross).
  • Health benefits.
  • $5,775 for graduate school or to repay student loans OR $1,500 post-service stipend.
  • Relocation assistance.
  • Child-care stipend for income-eligible members.
  • Training and professional development: VISTA members receive invaluable experience working directly with community leaders while honing essential skills that will last a lifetime.

Summer Associate Members - Starting in June

In addition to making a credible effort to help people and communities escape poverty, Summer Associates receive benefits and support during and after successful completion of summer service:
  • A modest living allowance (approximately $456 every two weeks) to cover necessities during service.
  • Approximately $1,212 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award OR a $125/month summer end-of-service stipend.
  • The opportunity to work with influential community leaders and receive on-site orientation and training.
  • Support Not Provided: Summer Associates do not receive relocation allowances, health benefits, life insurance, childcare support, or paid personal / medical leave.


  • Full-year members must have a four year college degree at the time of placement and must be able to commit to serve on a full-time basis for one year.
  • Summer Associates must be at least 18 years of age at the time of placement and must be able to commit and serve on a full-time basis for 10 weeks.
  • All members must be a U.S. Citizen, National or Legal Resident and not be listed on the National Sex Offenders Public Registry.
  • Service requires full immersion in the project and community, therefore, full time employment outside service is prohibited.However, VISTA members are eligible for part time employment with Host Site and Sponsor approval.

Applying for a Position

Individuals interested in becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA member must submit an online application through the AmeriCorps VISTA website. Click “Montana” in the box asking, “Choose where to serve”. Select the VISTA position that you are interested in.