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Application process

We're now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Apply for our November 13 deadline.

Application process

Wondering what’s involved in applying to City Year? Here are some things you can expect as you go through our application process.

Have your resume and references
Choose where to apply

Apply directly to a location (you can name up to three location preferences), apply to a region (to be considered for any location in that region) or apply to serve where most needed (if you’re willing to be placed in any location).

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Create an account

Fill out the online application; it takes about 45 minutes to complete. The application includes four short answer questions that help us better understand your interest in City Year, relevant experiences and one professional reference.

Start your application
Find a place to focus

Virtually connect with a City Year staff member to talk about your skills and interests.

Prepare for your interview

We’re here for you every step of the way

Have a question about City Year or the application process? Our recruiters are here with answers.

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Deadlines and notification timelines

We have application deadlines throughout the year, and we highly recommend that you apply for one of our early deadlines. Applying early allows you a greater opportunity of being accepted by your preferred location.

October 2 deadline

  • Reference form due October 9
  • Notified of our decision by October 30
  • Decide to accept your invitation to serve by November 13

November 13 deadline

  • Reference form due November 20
  • Notified of our decision by December 18
  • Decide to accept your invitation to serve by January 8

January 22 deadline

  • Reference form due January 29
  • Notified of our decision by February 19
  • Decide to accept your invitation to serve by March 5

March 5 deadline

  • Reference form due March 12
  • Notified of our decision by April 9
  • Decide to accept your invitation to serve by April 23

April 16 deadline

  • Reference form due April 23
  • Notified of our decision by May 14
  • Decide to accept your invitation to serve by May 28

May 28 deadline

  • Reference form due June 5
  • Notified of our decision by June 18
  • Decide to accept your invitation to serve by June 25

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Prepare for your first day

After you’ve been offered and accepted your invitation to serve, here’s what you can expect

Background check

Because the safety of students is our priority, every incoming City Year AmeriCorps member must undergo a criminal history check. In cases where a criminal offense appears, the circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. You’ll receive an email about the criminal history check a few months before service starts.

Finding housing

While City Year does not provide housing, you’ll receive tips and information on finding housing from an admissions staff member and your location. You’ll also be connected to an online community of other confirmed AmeriCorps members to help you find roommates.


Plan to visit your City Year location one to two weeks prior to your start date to present documents and paperwork to confirm your eligibility to serve and enroll as an AmeriCorps member.

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