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Writing An Americorps Essay

October 1st is the next application deadline for both AmeriCorps NCCC and FEMA Corps.

Follow the four easy guidelines below to ensure you’re submitting the strongest application possible!

Apply now at my.AmeriCorps.gov!

1) Don’t wait until the last minute!

True, the application doesn’t close until 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the night of October 1, but you should still aim to submit yours as soon as possible.

Play it smart and safe. Give yourself plenty of time for any unforeseen delays, last-second computer crashes or missing information.

2) Provide two completed, PROFESSIONAL references

References are among the most important parts of your application.

Your references should NOT come from personal sources like family members, classmates or friends. Instead, they should be professional references like work supervisors, teachers, counselors or others familiar with your motivation and community involvement.

Keep in Mind: References will need time to complete this section, so don’t wait until the last day to reach out to them! Keep them in the loop about when the application needs to be completed (10/1/15).

3) Tailor your Motivational Statement to NCCC or FEMA Corps

The Motivational Statement section of the AmeriCorps application is your best opportunity to sell yourself and tell us why you want to serve specifically with NCCC or FEMA Corps.

While the prompt is general for all AmeriCorps programs, NCCC and FEMA Corps will assess this based on how well you demonstrate an understanding of the program.

Why is this particular program a great fit for you? Why are you excited to serve as a Corps member? Personalize your Motivational Statement with details, examples and stories.

4) Think carefully about which program(s) you are applying for

AmeriCorps NCCC and FEMA Corps are two very different program tracks.

NCCC members spend a lot of time performing direct community service in the field. FEMA Corps members provide significant logistical and administrative support to emergency management operations.

Do your research on which program suits you best. Know that when you apply to both, you will not be able to choose the program that you are invited to serve with.


Click here for a detailed, step-by-step guide to the application.


Submit your NCCC and FEMA Corps applications by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (8:59 pm Pacific) on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at my.AmeriCorps.gov.

Call us at 1-800-942-2677 or email us at anccc@cns.gov with any questions regarding the application process.

Resources to help you sell yourself

There is no one way to write your resume. Depending on your personal style and the type of job you are applying for, it can vary in style, organization or (somewhat) content. However, all resumes share the following in common:

  • Name, address, telephone, e-mail address, web site address
  • Objective or Summary (tells potential employers the sort of work you're hoping to do)
  • Summary of skills (especially important if you are applying to a position that requires knowledge of specialized software, machinery, languages, techniques, etc.)
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Other information (An especially important section for AmeriCorps and VISTA veterans)

In most cases, that's it. It is fine if it is only one page, and certainly should never be more than two. Do not add "fluff" to your resume to try to impress or overstate your experience. You have a lot to offer: believe that, then state it strongly but honestly in your resume.

Go back to your journal entries where you listed your skills and achievements to help you write a strong resume.

Then, see the following: