Overview of City Service Corps Program for Host Sites

City Service Corps is an AmeriCorps program administered by NYC Service in which individuals are recruited to serve full time at select City agencies for 10 months. City Service Corps members are diverse civic leaders building their pathway to a public service career. Each member’s role serves to build capacity, add value to agency priorities and/or OneNYC strategic goals and initiatives, and support in delivering vital resources or programming to more New Yorkers.

  • Applications open: January 6, 2020
  • Applications due: March 2, 2020
  • How to apply: Application will be made available online 1/6/20
  • Learn more: To learn more about the City Service Corps program and the application process, please contact Shonni Velasquez, the National Service Partnership Coordinator, at servicerecruitment@cityhall.nyc.gov.


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City Service Corps Mission: City Service Corps partners with City agencies to address City priorities through direct engagement with City residents, developing new programming, and managing aspects of resident-facing programming. 

City Service Corps Vision: City agencies will more effectively and efficiently carry out their mission to make our city a more equitable place for all New Yorkers.

Read the City Service Corps Outcome Evaluation by the Urban Institute outlining how organizations benefit from the City Service Corps members’ service, the extent to which members gain valuable skills, and whether they continue to be civically engaged after completing the program.


City Service Corps Members

  • Serve full time from September – July
  • Member benefits include:
    • Living stipend - $18,500
    • Monthly unlimited MetroCard
    • Eligible for healthcare (covered by NYC Service)
    • Childcare
    • Student loan forbearance
    • Education award – approx. $6,195

NYC Service Support

  • Recruitment of NYC City Service Corps members
  • Supervisor orientation and training
  • Ongoing staff support and resources


Financial Commitment for Host Sites

City Agencies hosting a City Service Corps member pay a host site fee which covers the member’s stipend and is expected to pay Employer FICA Costs. The funding will be transferred via intercity transfer via OMB by the beginning of FY21

Review host site fees and the financial commitment expected from a host site partner.


Criteria for hosting a City Service Corps member:

  • Must be a City Agency that has a new or emerging program area that needs to expand its capacity and/or programming.
  • Host site will provide a space and access to technology systems for each AmeriCorps member
  • Host site will provide a supervisor for their AmeriCorps member(s) who will provide guidance, management, and coaching support
  • Supervisor will attend a full-day orientation prior to the start of the program
  • Supervisor will attend three 2-hour training sessions throughout the program year


Host Site Application Process:

Step 1: Complete the online application and upload corresponding documents

Step 2: After completing the application, you will be invited and required to attend Position Description workshop where you will receive the information needed to complete a position description compliant with AmeriCorps regulations for your City Service Corps member(s).

Step 3: Once the application is submitted, NYC Service will review the project based on a rubric. NYC Service will either: a) reject the application, b) provide suggestions for improvement with a resubmission, or c) accept the application. Returning host sites: past performance as a host site will be taken into consideration when evaluating your overall application.

  • If selected, each organization will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing to the terms of having an AmeriCorps member placed at your host site. Members will not be able to start at the host site until the MOU is returned and countersigned.


Learn more about the City Service Corps program before applying, contact Shonni Velasquez to schedule an informational phone call at servicerecruitment@cityhall.nyc.gov.