AmeriCorps VISTA Program

We’re looking for talented, emerging leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds to commit to a full-time national service opportunity for at least one year.

Many of our current members return to serve multiple years. A growing number of our alumni have found careers in the FIRST community. Recruitment is a competitive, multi-stage process that begins annually in late spring. Read more about our members here.

“I chose to serve because FIRST changed my life. I would never even considered college without my involvement in FIRST.” - FIRST VISTA Member



FIRST AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members work in low-income and low-resource communities to facilitate access to FIRST STEM programs.

The VISTA program at FIRST strives to match an AmeriCorps VISTA to our field structure in support of teams within underserved communities. The FIRST AmeriCorps VISTA mission is to expand the vision of FIRST by working in areas that have been deemed underserved: lower socio-economic communities, rural areas, and areas that have little to no support or resources to be able to easily access STEM initiatives.

VISTAs work in a full-time capacity with their local Site Supervisors. VISTAs often work closely with teams in their area as general support and work to build the capacity of FIRST by focusing on impacting underserved and underrepresented populations.

“Fighting Poverty with Robots: The FIRST VISTA Experience” is a short video created by the 2012-2013 FIRST AmeriCorps VISTAs to raise awareness of the FIRST VISTA program and mission.