Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hours?

Members follow the schedule of a typical business day, which vary by partner organization. A full-time member serves approximately 40 hour per week at the partner organization. 

I have a part-time job or am in school. Can I still be a Minnesota Opportunity Corps member?

Yes. You have to plan carefully to make sure that you are able to serve 40 hours per week as a full-time member. We are willing to accept current students but will ask about your class schedule. It is important that you have a consistent schedule between both semesters and that you’re able to serve the required hours Monday through Friday, during normal business hours. 

Is this a paid or volunteer position?

If you join Minnesota Opportunity Corps, you are joining an AmeriCorps service program - not entering into permanent employment. In exchange for your service, you receive a biweekly living allowance of approximately $540 for full-time members. Read more about other benefits.

Where are positions located?

We team with partner organizations located in the nine-county Twin Cities Metro area to host Opportunity Corps members. Organizations will be awarded members in the spring and the Opportunity Corps Program Manager will discuss these organizations with applicants to ensure a good match is found. We will also include a list of our partner organizations on our website.

Would I have to travel?

Travel is minimal. Members are required to travel to attend required training that is held in Minneapolis. Mileage is reimbursed from their service site to the training location. Mileage for members' daily commute is not reimbursed.

I am only available during evenings and weekends. Can I still be a Opportunity Corps member?

No, a member must be available during our partner organizations' typical hours of operation. Many of our partner organizations do utilize volunteers, so certainly follow up directly with them to learn how you might be able to get involved as a volunteer. 

What's the relationship between Opportunity Corps and AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a national organization that serves as an overhead for many programs. These programs serve a variety of needs in our communities such as public health, housing, the environment and education. Minnesota Opportunity Corps is one of many AmeriCorps programs. 

I have served with AmeriCorps before. How do I know if I'm eligible for another year of service?

Recently, term limit regulations have changed. Individuals can serve up to 4 years with an AmeriCorps National or State program (such as Minnesota Opportunity Corps). After serving four years with an AmeriCorps National or State program, individuals are still eligible to serve with an AmeriCorps VISTA or NCCC  program. If you are considering additional years of service, please keep in mind that members can only earn the equivalent of up to two full-time education awards. Once members meet this limit, they would not receive additional education awards for additional terms of service.