How and when to apply

Step 1: Confirm you’re ready to serve.
  • Service in the AmeriCorps program requires a commitment to 10-1/2 months and 1,700 hours of service. Most projects are based on a 40-hour week (8 hours in service daily, Monday through Friday).
  • Our program year begins in the Fall: Washington Reading Corps starts in August, Washington Service Corps in September.
  • You can attend school or have a part-time job, as long as it doesn’t interfere with your service schedule.
  • Review our checklist to see if you’re ready!


 Step 2: Confirm you’re eligible to serve.
  • You must be at least 17 years old at the time you start serving.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident alien.
  • You cannot be (or required to be) listed on the National Sex Offender Registry, or have been convicted of murder.
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED – or be on schedule to complete your education for either of them during your service term (note that some positions require a college degree). Tutoring positions require a high school diploma or GED at the time of enrollment.


 Step 3: Review positions and apply online.

Found a position that interests you?

  • Carefully read the duties and requirements of the position, and when you’re ready to apply, click the “Apply Now” button.
  • Once the organization has received your application and has decided to move forward with an interview, they’ll contact you.
  • TIP:  Prepare by reviewing our list of interview questions.
  • When you’ve been offered a position and accepted it, you’ll then go through the rest of the enrollment process.
  • Be aware that the enrollment process requires criminal history background checks.