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Program VISTA


Reporting to the Program Director for Internships and serving as a member of the Program Team, the Program VISTA will play a key role in advancing the relationships between the College for Social Innovation and their partners, as well as forging new partnerships with an anti-poverty focus. The right candidate will be an adept communicator, with strong interpersonal/organizing skills, and a passion for social good who wants to help our community flourish. This is a VISTA/AmeriCorp 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 the nonprofit industry and the community improvement efforts they are engaged in. 


Build new partnerships with organizations focused on supporting immigrants; criminal justice reform; and public health organizations

  • Conduct research and create an asset map that focuses on Boston-area social sector organizations that are focused on the above issues;
  • Interview existing partners that work with that population to determine potential outreach and support strategies;
  • Create virtual and/or in-person information session events that are tailored to potential host organizations and Mentors (internship site supervisors) focused on work with the above populations;
  • Work with CFSI’s Internships staff to create an engagement strategy focused on ongoing cultivation of partnerships with organizations focused on the above populations.

Create and pilot professional development events for interested CFSI’s partners

  • Conduct a training needs assessment focused on existing CFSI host organizations or past host organization applicants.;
  • Conduct secondary research to understand what current offerings are available in the greater Boston area;
  • Work with members of the Internships Team to create a plan for one or more professional development and/or networking events for existing CFSI Host organizations, past host organizations, and past host organization applicants;
  • Serve as a co-facilitator for the session(s) and prepare a report of feedback data collected after the session(s);

Create internship profiles for placements at anti-poverty organizations to aid in both student and host organization recruitment

  • Identify 5 or more anti-poverty organizations to highlight, focusing on having a variety of placement and position types for the final product;
  • Draft content for each profile based on primary and secondary research;
  • Work with marketing staff to create visually appealing profiles that achieve the goal of recruitment.


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 event coordination, strategic planning, and building partnerships;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, communication skills with the ability to connect with people
  • 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, and kindness and generosity of spirit
  • Experience with Salesforce 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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