Important dates: 

  • Applications are due: August 3rd
  • Interviews will be conducted through May - June, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance to members: July 31st, 2020
  • Term of service: August 31st, 2020 - August 30th, 2021
  • VISTA member orientation will take place at Michigan State University: September, 2020

AmeriCorps VISTA is a volunteer service program, administered nationally by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), through which national service members serve with organizations full-time for one year.

As a VISTA member, you will engage in projects that are designed to build capacity and infrastructure to help bring individuals and communities out of poverty. At one of the ten host site locations across Michigan, you will support local efforts to identify service gaps, improve communication, and build local capacity to address the opioid abuse crisis in partnership with a network of MSU research and policy experts. 

You will work closely with your local organization’s site supervisor and OPEN-MSU program manager who will provide meaningful and timely support throughout your year of service. You will receive monthly professional development and training in project management and leadership from the OPEN-MSU program manager and professionals in the field. In this position you will not be working directly with service recipients.

See the list of benefits of becoming a VISTA member

AmeriCorps VISTA positions currently open:

There are several positions that are available.

View location of position openings and descriptions of each.

Application details and instructions:

  • Six positions are available at sites around Michigan
  • No prior service experience is necessary; but preference will be given to individuals who have experience working on opioid treatment, prevention, or education
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older
  • Send cover letter and resume to: Rose Henderson (
  • In your cover letter, indicate your preference for which Michigan community you would like to do your year of service (Battle Creek, Bingham Farms, Marquette, Owosso, Saginaw, or Sault Ste. Marie). If you would like to be considered for more than one location, please list them in order of preference.
  • Project information can also be found at by searching for Michigan State University VISTA programs.
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About AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program, administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), through which members serve with nonprofit, faith-based, and public agencies for one full year on projects designed to lessen and alleviate poverty.