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Reporting to the Marketing Team, the Marketing VISTA will work to advance the capacity of Semester in the City through marketing collateral and social media campaigns. The right candidate will be interested in expanding the academic and economic opportunities of college students, have a passion for relationship building, and an interest in graphic creation. This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position and requires a 12 month commitment with an option to commit to a second year. 

This is an ideal role for an emerging professional interested in using marketing tools and social media to further the educational and economic opportunities of low-income individuals.


Develop marketing resources for university partners to share with campus groups and organizations that work with low-income students
  • Conduct research around resources that exist for low-income students on each of our partner campuses;
  • Compile that research and create a one-pager for recruiters to utilize the research;
  • Create collateral, such as graphics, social media posts, one-pagers, etc., using survey data gathered about the successes of Pell-eligible students in our program to provide to campus partners.
Create a social media campaign to raise awareness to the benefits of high-impact learning experiences for low-income individuals in college and beyond.
  • Engage with university partners to highlight alums from their schools who have graduated and gone on to careers in the social sector
  • Engage new social sector organizations where alumns work;
  • Create hashtags and write up a social media plan to share this campaign with host organizations and campus partners.
Highlight the anti-poverty work that is done at our wide network of host organizations that fellows are exposed to.
  • Conduct primary and secondary research about the various types of anti-poverty work conducted by our 100+ host organizations;
  • Compile results and quotes into a memo that highlights the anti-poverty work of each organization;
  • Utilize responses in newsletter to alumni, future students, our general audience, and our college partner audience, thereby increasing information about and awareness of organizations in the social impact sector.


There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We know people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and relevant experience with research, strategic planning, and PowerPoint slide creation
  • A motivated storyteller: someone who thinks out of the box and is always looking for the best way to tell a compelling story
  • An eye for design, both for digital and print, 
  • A passion and familiarity for social media and knowing what’s trending and how to best engage our growing audience
  • Strong organizational and research skills, excellent with details and follow-up
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people; A team player, who can relate and operate effectively with peers and other associates within a collegial, yet demanding, work environment
  • Embody CFSI’s core values of an optimistic mindset, curiosity, teamwork, purposeful effort, kindness, and generosity
  • Experience with design softwares (Creative Cloud) a plus


  • AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to a 12 month, full-time placement
  • Additional outside employment is permitted with approval from the host site supervisor and CCSNE program staff. Outside employment must not interfere with VISTA service
  • A VISTA member is allowed to attend class(es) part-time as long as their studies do not interfere with their VISTA responsibilities. VISTA members must receive approval from host site supervisors before enrolling in courses.
  • The Hatch Act applies to VISTA members at all times during their service, including certain activities during their off-duty hours. A VISTA is prohibited from engaging in any form of political activity (either partisan or nonpartisan) during their years of service. Click here to learn more about the Hatch Act.


  • Bi-weekly living allowance/stipend ($829.36 for Suffolk County)
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($6,195) or post service stipend ($1,800) upon successful completion of the program
  • Student loan forbearance or deferment while serving (depending on lender)
  • For candidates that will relocate 50 miles or more, a settling-in allowance of $750 and mileage reimbursement
  • Healthcare benefits
  • 10 days of personal leave and 10 days of sick leave
  • Access to professional development opportunities (required retreats and optional trainings throughout the service year) 
  • Access to national and state Campus Compact network opportunities
  • One year of noncompetitive eligibility for federal government jobs after service
  • Child Care assistance


  • Housing stipend of $3000 ($250 per month) payable directly to landlord;
  • MBTA MonthlyLink bus and subway pass (valued at $90/month);
  • Cell phone reimbursement (valued at up to $80/month);
  • Access to regular and ongoing feedback and professional development opportunities internally and ability to leverage organizational resources to seek additional development opportunities externally.


College for Social Innovation (CFSI) brings together colleges and social sector organizations to create fully-credited experiential learning opportunities that are meaningful, accessible, and life-changing. Our college students, referred to as Social Innovation Fellows, build skills, a digital portfolio, and a professional network that helps to position them to become the next generation of problem solvers for humanity’s tough challenges. Students are placed in a semester-long internship (400 hours) and also take skill-building and reflection classes twice a week as part of a diverse “Semester in the City” cohort.

College for Social Innovation recently completed a three-year pilot of its Semester in the City program, having enrolled 193 students from six colleges and universities and achieved strong initial results. We now have 13 college partners and are looking to further build an innovative and unique educational experience that can add value for students and their home colleges while building a bigger, better, and more diverse talent pipeline for the social sector.

In the next four to five years, we look to create a nationally recognized curriculum and instructional delivery model that generates strong results while growing to serve 500+ students per year and piloting growth beyond Boston. Ultimately, we aim to build a movement to make it common for millions of college students -- representing the full diversity of the nation -- to gain access to careers in the fast-growing social sector. During their Semester in the City, Fellows participate in well-structured and academically-accredited internships where they learn from real-world experiences, build relationships with mentors, and build personal, professional and academic skills.


College for Social Innovation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services. National Service Alumni (i.e. Military, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply.

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