Graduate School

VISTA, AmeriCorps, and Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Programs

"It is not the style of clothes one wears, neither the kind of automobiles one drives, nor the amount of money one has in the bank that counts. These mean nothing. It is simple service that measures success."George Washington Carver

Michigan Tech is proud to offer graduate students the opportunity to combine education and service through the VISTA and AmeriCorps Master’s Programs. Since 2012, Tech students have worked with VISTA teams across the nation to make a lasting impact on the environment while working towards their graduate degree. Program participants come from many different backgrounds, but are united by their passion for service and their desire to gain field and research experience that will aid them in their future career.

For a full list of eligible graduate programs, see below (Insert link to "Programs Offered" here).

Service That Matters

VISTA and AmeriCorps Master’s students are a special group with a special purpose: to serve the public interest and their personal interest at the same time. Program participants do not only seek an excellent education; they are dedicated to sharing their talents and skills with the world. During their off-campus VISTA or AmeriCorps experience, students are assigned projects by Conservation Legacy or the Great Basin Institute designed to conserve and enhance the natural world.

Learn more about positions through Conservation Legacy.

Learn more about positions through the Great Basin Institute.

Career Development

As a VISTA or AmeriCorps volunteer, students apply their coursework knowledge to practical field experience in their area of career interest. Following graduation, past VISTA and AmeriCorps Master’s Program students have gone on to work with government agencies and in the private sector. A VISTA or AmeriCorps Master’s equips students with the boost they need to be competitive in today’s job market, and provides them with the experience to be successful in their chosen field.

"I was able to use my skills and knowledge from Michigan Tech and other skills through AmeriCorps VISTA. If you have any doubts about the Michigan Tech VISTA program ... it absolutely works."Martin Aksentowitz '16, U.S. Forest Service Forester

How It Works

After completing a program of on-campus academic work (typically one academic year) and a short VISTA or AmeriCorps pre-service orientation, students serve as VISTA or AmeriCorps volunteers. After completing their service, students return to Michigan Tech for one additional semester to complete their degree requirements.

Michigan Tech grants VISTA tuition status to students in the VISTA and AmeriCorps Graduate Programs. Students pay a reduced tuition rate while attending Michigan Tech, and Michigan Tech pays tuition and fees while students are serving in AmeriCorps or AmeriCorps VISTA.

How to Apply

VISTA and AmeriCorps Master’s applicants apply using Michigan Tech’s free online application. Applicants must specify their interest in the program on their application. Michigan Tech staff guide students through the VISTA application process once they are on campus.

AmeriCorps/VISTA requires members to be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident alien. Students must meet this requirement to apply for this program.

Programs Offered