Information for Prospective VISTA Members

Design and implement a survivorship program framework to address the cancer burdens faced by American Indian/Alaska Native people within an exclusive, dynamic national organization.

Build your partnership, evaluation, and engagement skills. Create systems to connect low-income & underrepresented students with health and non-academic resources on this community college campus.

Become a member of an interprofessional team developing innovative community health services to underserved groups, increasing access to care, and gaining valuable experience working in healthcare.

Work with university students and local youth to develop BrightSide Produce, the nation’s first economically sustainable model for distributing fresh produce to stores in underserved urban areas

Make a difference in the lives of students experiencing barriers!

Prevent youth violence and gain public health experience with the Minneapolis Health Department! Help develop, replicate, and evaluate an innovative violence prevention capacity-building initiative.

Alleviate the crisis of poverty as a barrier for success by developing a Student Resource Center for low-income students at Normandale Community College.

Are you energetic, charismatic, and resourceful with a passion for low-income student success? Come help establish our resource and referral center. Together we’ll engage and change students’ lives.

Make an impact in the lives of at-risk youth! Creatively build systems with youth to increase access to mental healthcare education at the longest-running youth-run youth center in the nation!

Help build healthier communities in medically underserved areas! Gain experience working in a community health center while contributing to grassroots community outreach and health education.

Build a student health system in our schools with professionals from Mayo Clinic, UMR, and Rochester Public Schools. Improve health knowledge, access, and resources for children and families.

Build a resource center and community garden so our students can succeed regardless of income-related challenges. Work with community agencies to combat issues regarding food & housing insecurity.

Impact food insecurity and mental health support by developing systems that help low-income students access resources. Gain valuable experience building relationships and working across disciplines.

Impact health and education equity in the Twin Cities. Build structures, programming and resources to increase engagement between U of MN students, healthcare centers, and underserved populations.

Be the backbone of this cohort! Help VISTAs thrive at clinics, colleges & community organizations around the state as they advance health and educational equity. Great program leadership experience.

We are currently accepting applications for VISTA positions to begin in July 2018 at sites throughout the state. The VISTA Leader position begins August 2018.

VISTA is an AmeriCorps national service program focused on poverty alleviation through capacity building. VISTAs serve full-time for one year while receiving a living allowance and other benefits described below. College Health Corps positions address health equity and improve low-income Minnesotans’ health through partnerships between higher education and communities. Campus Compact also has VISTA programs outside of Minnesota focused on other issue areas.  Those VISTA positions can be viewed here.

How to Apply: 

1) Create a profile on This is where you will enter basic information about yourself and create a profile.
2) Complete an application. The application asks for detailed information about your education, work and volunteer history, references, etc.
3) Submit your application to positions labeled “College Health Corps” including those linked above.

Please note that applicants are interviewed on a rolling basis, apply no later than May 4, 2018.

With questions, email Jaquelyn Chagnon at vistaleader {at} mncampuscompact(.)org.


  • Living allowance of approx. $472 every two weeks (pre-tax). (VISTA Leader: $564.34 every two weeks)
  • Choice of Education Award of $5,920 or End-of-Service Award of $1,803 upon successful completion of service ($3,000 VISTA Leader)
  • Federal Student Loan forbearance (if Education Award is elected)
  • Healthcare Allowance of $7,350
  • Training and professional development
  • Childcare assistance subsidies (if eligible)
  • Relocation allowance of $550 if moving more than 50 miles to a new location in order to serve
  • Some project sites may provide housing supports. (VISTA Leader: $100/month housing support.)
  • Opportunity to be a part of a national service movement and work with a cohort of other committed health corps VISTA members