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SPEA VISTA Summer Associates


Theresa Meyers

“My summer VISTA experience, where I developed, ran, and evaluated youth programs in community gardens, enabled me to provide sytematic improvements to the youth programs in the gardens and at the pantry so that children could learn about healthy eating and local food systems in more effective (and fun!) ways. The SPEA VISTA program ensured that I would have meaningful work assigned to me and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard did a fantastic job integrating me into the organization.”


SPEA VISTA Fellow Theresa Meyers (left), who created a healthy garden mix to distribute to children and families at the food pantry.


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We offer our SPEA VISTA Summer Associates program through a unique partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service. Open to all IU Bloomington students—graduate and undergraduate—this program provides a summer of valuable experiential learning with nonprofit organizations dedicated to food security and educational policy issues.

Hosted by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at IU Bloomington, SPEA VISTA Summer Associates is the only program of its kind that is affiliated with an undergraduate program

Program Structure

As a SPEA VISTA Summer Associate, you’ll serve a 10-week, full-time term as an AmeriCorps VISTA member working on projects in the state of Indiana that increase an organization's ability to serve the needs of the local community.

SPEA VISTA Summer Associates are selected through an application and interview process. If selected, you’ll receive a living stipend of approximately $2,200 total, paid biweekly. Following completion of your 10-week term of service, you will also be given the choice between a $1,200 education award and a $250 cash stipend—plus, you'll gain valuable professional experience and fulfill your respective degree program experiential requirement.

Student Eligibility

Current and graduating IU Bloomington students—graduate and undergraduate—are eligible to apply for the SPEA VISTA Summer Associates program.

In accordance with AmeriCorps VISTA program regulations, all applicants must be:

  • A United States citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S.
  • Legally eligible to work in the U.S.

2015 Application Process

2015 SPEA VISTA Summer Associates will fulfill their service from
June 1-August 7, 2015. Associates are selected through an application, interview, and matching process. There will be 10 positions available for 2015.

To apply, submit the following application materials by
Wednesday, February 20, 2015:

  • Email your resume and cover letter to speavsta@indiana.edu.
  • Create an account with AmeriCorps (link to come)
  • When the link is available, search “SPEA Summer Associates Program” under VISTA positions in Indiana

Contact us

Email or (812) 855-2840