Join Communities In Schools of Central Texas (CISCT) AmeriCorps

Our AmeriCorps members provide the support that all students need to thrive in school and succeed in life. They work to end education inequity by providing mentorship to elementary and middle school students in Central Texas public schools; and by supporting our early childhood ASPIRE Program and out of school programming on HACA (Housing authority of the City of Austin) sites. We place 60+ AmeriCorps Members serving across 35 campuses in Austin, Manor, Lockhart, Elgin, Hays and San Marcos ISDs.

AmeriCorps Mentors collaborate with CISCT Program Managers and school-based staff to support students through individual, small-group, and campus-wide services to increase access to education opportunities. By building deep relationships and focusing on strengthening the skills our students need to succeed in school, our members ensure all students can achieve in life.

AmeriCorps Early Childhood Teaching Assistants build capacity for increased early childhood services and family engagement by assisting in the ASPIRE Program. Americorps Out of School Time Assistants build capacity for increased after-school services at four public housing properties with the SmartKids Program.

AmeriCorps Education Award Only (EAO) are members completing their internship with Communities In Schools of Central Texas. EAO interns are placed a K-12 school campuses across Central Texas Independent School Districts. EAO Interns will earn money towards school while completing their already required internship pursuing degrees in social work, counseling and related fields.

No experience is needed to join!

Pre-service and ongoing training and individualized support are provided to all members. As an equal opportunity national service program deeply committed to diversity and inclusion, we encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

How to Apply

We are currently accepting online applications for our 2024-2025 service year starting September 3rd! Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a two-step interview process. Successful candidates typically receive a final offer within three weeks of applying.

1. Submit your application

2. Initial Interview

3. Conditional Offer

4. Campus Interview

5. Final Offer

What is AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a federal service agency with a network of thousands of programs across the nation, connecting over 80,000 individuals annually to meet pressing community needs. AmeriCorps members participate in a paid service year that gives them both a monthly living stipend and an education award to use toward paying back federal loans or future education expenses. Learn more about the benefits of joining AmeriCorps here.


Applicant Resources

Are you considering joining CIS AmeriCorps but have questions about how to make it work? Check out our budgeting and housing resources to help you make your decision!


Where We Serve

Our AmeriCorps members serve on elementary and middle school campuses in Austin ISD, Manor ISD, Hays CISD, San Marcos ISD, Lockhart ISD, and Elgin ISD. We aim to match applicants with a location that best meets their needs. If you have a preferred region(s), don’t worry – we will request this information in your application!

Our Workforce Development Pipeline

CIS AmeriCorps members have strong lived experience and a deep passion for the work we do.

Serving with our program will give you valuable experience in social work, education, and both 1:1 and small group student support. Our program can be a launch point for jumpstarting a career in field, and we intentionally build in workforce development that provides our members and CIS alums with opportunities for growth through consecutive service years.

CIS AmeriCorps members also receive priority in the CIS staff hiring process – 25% of CIS staff are CIS AmeriCorps alums!

Our members go on to pursue a variety of career paths and passions.

Recent members are pursuing careers in:

    • Social work
    • Education
    • Nonprofit leadership
    • And more!

No matter your career goals, CIS AmeriCorps provides personal and professional development opportunities to help you get there.

Communities In Schools of Central Texas AmeriCorps program is proud partner of the Youth Mental Health Corps initiative supported by the Schultz Family Foundation and Pinterest. AmeriCorps members enrolled in the Youth Mental Health Corps gain access to additional youth mental health training, career exploration, and peer networking opportunities.