An SCA internship offers a range of beneﬁts. In addition to the many personal beneﬁts of service, members serving internships receive living and travel allowances, housing, and – for those serving longer than 16 weeks – full medical coverage. Qualifying members are also eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of their term of service.
|Living Allowance||Housing||Travel Allowance||Education Award/Loan Forbearance*||Medical Coverage Insurance||Uniform|
|12-16 Week Internship||$75 per week||Yes||Yes||$1175-$1468
Education award if available
|No longer available for short term interns||Yes|
|17+ Weeks Internship||$160 per week||Yes||Yes||$1468-$5550 Americorps Education award if available||Yes- no cost to intern||Yes|
|Residential Corps Program||$75 per week + food||Yes||No||$2775-$5550 Americorps Education award if available||Yes||Yes|
|Non-Residential Corps Program||$75-$300 per week||Yes||Some||$2775-$5550 Americorps Education award if available||Yes, if service is greater than 16 weeks||Yes|
Beneﬁts listed are typical of SCA internships. Due to the variety of partnerships, they do sometimes vary. Speciﬁc beneﬁts will be conﬁrmed at the time you are selected for an internship.
*The AmeriCorps Education Award Program is a grant program contingent upon federal funding. SCA receives a set number of education awards each year, and sometimes our member numbers exceed the amount of awards made available to us.
SCA internships are volunteer positions, but a subsistence living allowance is provided to cover basic food expenses. In some cases, interns may need or want to bring additional funds for personal needs such as dining out, recreational activities, or gas.
Housing is generally provided to interns at no cost. There are exceptions where local candidates are requested as no housing is available at the site, or where members receive a housing stipend to arrange their own accommodations. Housing arrangement information for each position is provided in the detailed position description. As housing is often shared with other interns and/or agency staff, special accommodations for spouses, children, and pets are usually not possible.
Most members will receive a standard travel allowance of $650 for the cost of travel to and from internship sites. In some circumstances, interns are eligible for more or less than the $650 standard.
For example, if the position description states that a car is required for your position, you will receive $1,100 to offset the cost of traveling to and from the host site. If your position is in Alaska or Hawaii, you will receive$1,115 to offset the cost of travel to and from the host site. If a position is in a remote area diﬃcult to access, the travel cost is determined on a case by case basis. Please contact your SCA contact to discuss. Please contact your SCA contact to discuss.
Purchasing plane tickets close to the date of travel can be very expensive. If you were selected to your position close to the position start date and you are travelling by plane, you may be eligible for additional travel funds.
Some SCA positions require interns to travel to a different location for training before travelling to the host site. In these cases, special arrangements have been made to cover travel to the training site and from the training site to the host site. If you are in a position with this beneﬁt, you will be informed of it during your interview or in the position description.
Some positions seek candidates who live close enough to the host site to commute from home each day. These positions are usually labeled as “Local Only”. If you are in a Local Only position, you will not be eligible for the travel allowance. However, you may be eligible to receive Commuting Travel beneﬁts.
Whether or not a car is required for the position, SCA does not assume risk for damages that occur to personal vehicles, or repairs/maintenance that become necessary en route to the ﬁeld site or during the course of the service period.
SCA expects the hosting agency to provide transportation for the performance of oﬃcial duties or full reimbursement for the use of personal vehicles for such purposes.
Medical coverage/insurance is offered to all long-term SCA interns (those serving for 17 weeks or more) at no cost to the intern.
AmeriCorps Education Award Program and Student Loan Forbearance
The AmeriCorps Education Award Program is a grant program contingent upon federal funding. SCA receives a set number of education awards each year, and sometimes our member numbers exceed the amount of awards made available to us. If slots are available, qualiﬁed SCA interns may choose to enroll in the SCA AmeriCorps Education Award Program. Interns enrolled in this program commit to completing a minimum number of service hours and, in return, receive education funds of at least $1000. This award can be used to repay qualiﬁed student loans (loans backed by the federal government), graduate or undergraduate tuition, or educational expenses for qualiﬁed enrichment courses. To be eligible, you must be at least 17 years old at the start of the position; be a US citizen or permanent resident; and be a high school graduate before using the award.
If you enroll in AmeriCorps, you may be able to place qualiﬁed student loans in forbearance during your internship. As an additional beneﬁt, AmeriCorps may pay all or a portion of interest that accrues on these loans while you serve. Please be aware that the AmeriCorps Education Award cannot be used to repay private loans, nor will you be able to place loans in forbearance or receive the interest accrual beneﬁt if you hold private student loans. Your lender should be able to tell you if your loan is qualiﬁed. Find out more about the AmeriCorps Education Award.