Frequently Asked Questions - Chicago

Members, depending on eligibility and specific operating site policies, may receive travel reimbursement; however, only travel between host sites and community or program sites will be paid for. Travel reimbursement will not be paid for travel between a member's home and a host site/program site.

Some host sites may offer members travel reimbursement in the form of Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) cards, in order to compensate for member travel in between host sites via public transportation.

The term of service is 46 weeks. Hours vary by host site, but are typically 9:00am to 5:00pm, occasionally requiring evening and weekend service. The term begins in early September or late August and ends in July of the following year.

Each service description will state the hours of service for that particular site. However, flexibility is key for the program, site, and member. Some sites will have activities or classes that occur during some evenings and/or weekends.  Members are expected to serve 37-40 hours per week at their site each week in order to complete the 1700 hours within the 46-week term. In addition, members have other NHC Chicago program commitments including monthly trainings, service projects and committee meetings.

Members will be exposed to numerous professionals in the public health field. Depending on the host site, members may interact with case managers, physicians, nurses, health educators, program coordinators, etc. Members may work with a variety of populations including: immigrants, uninsured, children, parents, diabetics, asthmatics, etc.

Some host sites request more than one member, so it is possible to be serving at the same site as another member. Even if you are placed with another member, NHC Chicago is committed to building a strong team that supports each member throughout their term of service.  Monthly trainings, service projects and committee meetings ensure that members interact on a regular basis.

Members are assigned a supervisor at their host site to help them develop professionally and personally.  Site supervisors work closely with members to provide them with opportunities, assistance, and feedback.  Site supervisors also oversee member day-to-day activities and approve member timesheets and service activity logs.

Members are expected to serve for the entire contracted term of 46 weeks. Agreements are made with host sites to have a full time member for the entire term of service to fulfill program needs.  If a member plans on finishing early, this should be addressed before service begins. Members who finish early will not receive their entire living allowance or education stipend.

NHC Chicago members are allotted 15 days of personal/vacation/sick time and receive standard holidays.

Our program does not provide housing.  If you are interested in living with a fellow NHC Chicago member or have any questions about living in Chicago, contact the Program Director.

The commitment is roughly 37-40 hours per week for service at your host site. In addition, NHC Chicago members are required to attend corps meetings/events/trainings,  Although it is not impossible to work or attend classes while serving, you will be very busy with service, meetings, trainings, committees, and events.

A NHC member who successfully completes their full term of service (1700 hours) is eligible for an education award, which can be used to repay student loans and to pay all or part of the cost of attending a qualified institution of higher education (including certain vocational programs).

Educational awards are available only after a member completes their term of service; it can then be accessed and managed for up to seven years through the MyAmeriCorps Portal

More information on the education award is provided to members once they begin and complete their term of service. 

Although it varies each year, the application portal usually opens in February or March. For the upcoming 2017-18 program year, NHC Chicago will begin accepting applications on February 1, 2017. 

Since applications are processed and accepted on a rolling basis, the end date of recruitment depends on the amount of applicants at that time. There is not a pre-determined closure date of the application portal; however, the program usually accepts applications until April, and then reopens the application portal during the summer for a second round of interested applicants.