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AMERICORPS ALUMS CAREER NEWSLETTER: SEPTEMBER 2013
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SEPTEMBER 2013
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Illinois State Offers 100% Tuition Scholarship to Enrolled AmeriCorps Alums

 

The Applied Community and Economic Development (ACED) Fellows Program at Illinois State University’s Stevenson Center offers exceptional value to Alums accepted into its program. Every ACED Fellow receives a 100% tuition waiver for all courses (worth up to $27,924) and a paid graduate assistantship. In their second year, paid professional practice provides students with invaluable field experience and networking opportunities.


Tackling community challenges is central to the Stevenson Center philosophy, which has been attractive to many AmeriCorps alumni who have already experienced a Stevenson Center education. For her professional practice with the Fremont Area Community Foundation in Michigan, Alyssa Curran researched poverty alleviation to drive funding priorities.  Alyssa continues her work post-graduation as the Foundation’s newest Program Officer.  Similarly, other AmeriCorps alumni are using their Stevenson Center experience as a launchpad for professional success.

Learn more about Illinois State and AmeriCorps Alums who have attended

Ramya Kumaran
AmeriCorps '12
Read her story here
Christian Rivera-Perez
AmeriCorps '05
Read his story here
Alyssa Curran
AmeriCorps '11
Read her story here

Ask The Career Coach:

by Denise Riebman, AmeriCorps '94

Each month Denise takes questions from the AmeriCorps Alums LinkedIn Group and responds in our "Ask the Career Coach" column.  If you have a question for Denise, you you can submit it here.


Questions about Skype and Phone Interviews:  I’ve finally landed an interview but because my AmeriCorps site is not in the same city as the job, they are going to do it via Skype – what is your advice on how to handle that type of interview?  I received a call from the organization and they are doing all first round interviews by phone to save staff time.  What are your tips for how to ace a phone interview?


Virtual interviews are on the rise as more employers are tapping into technology to weed out candidates and maximize their shrinking recruiting budgets so don’t be surprised if you are scheduled for a phone/Skype interview, even if you live in the same town as the employer.  While it can’t substitute for the human interaction during an in-person interview, if you follow these tips, you could soon be negotiating your compensation package with the employer…hopefully in person!


Continue Ask The Career Coach here


'Family Reunion' Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps

Twenty years ago this September, President Clinton signed the legislation that created the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps.
On Thursday September 19th at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC, a number of national service champions are planning a "family reunion" for those building the service movement -- past and present – we want you to come and help spread the word!

The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, September 13th and registration is quickly filling up, so don't delay -- tell the Alums in your network and get your tickets today!

What: CNCS 20th Reunion
When: Thursday, September 19th, 2013; 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Omni Shoreham, Washington, DC
Tickets: Click Here

If you won’t be in DC next week, don’t worry – AmeriCorps Alums will be planning other events and activities throughout the next twelve months to celebrate 20 years of AmeriCorps. Thanks for helping us kick-off this 20th year by spreading the word!

In this issue

Illinois State University
Ask The Career Coach
20th Anniversary
September Prof. Dev. Webinar

September Career Webinar:
Launch An International or Intercultural Career


Looking for ways to translate your AmeriCorps experience in an intercultural and/or international setting? September's professional development webinar welcomes back ALUM Dr. Erin Barnhart to discuss how to: 1) identify the skills needed to make a transition into an intercultural or international setting 2) assess the options and pathways that are available and 3) learn from case studies of AmeriCorps alumni who have already made the transition. Register here

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