American Connection Corps
About the ACC Fellowship
Bridging the Digital Divide
The American Connection Corps (ACC) is the nation's largest fellowship program focused on bridging the digital divide. Led by Lead for America and The American Connection Project, this initiative addresses broadband development and digital inclusion while strengthening our country's next generation of civic leaders.
The Fellowship Program
ACC AmeriCorps Fellows participate in one service year to address the local connectivity needs in their communities.
All ACC AmeriCorps Fellows receive extensive training in Washington DC and other locations nationwide that cover leadership, economic development, digital inclusion, and the grand challenges facing our country and community in the 21st century. Fellows receive mentorship and support from a dedicated set of Fellow advisors and leaders from across the country in the fields of government, politics, nonprofits, and business. Fellows are placed with carefully selected host site organizations for the duration of their service year.
ACC AmeriCorps Fellows begin their service year by attending the ACC Institute which includes numerous panels and training sessions led by leaders in the Digital Equity space to provide the necessary information regarding governmental policies, service models, and impactful strategies that will provide a strong foundation for you as you enter your Fellowship role.
Fellows are soon introduced to their program officers who are their primary point of contact throughout the entirety of their fellowship year. Programs officers serve to support fellows at their host site organizations and throughout the duration of their fellowship experience.
Throughout the fellowship, fellows participate in 1:1 meetings with their program officers, pod meetings with the cohort, and in-person and virtual training during their service year.
All ACC AmeriCorps Fellows will be focused on tackling the digital divide across three pillars: Infrastructure, Access, and Adoption.
The latter pillar offers Fellows the opportunity to specialize in specific areas of adoption, including but not limited to: Agriculture, Healthcare, Education, and Entrepreneurship.
Every full-time (1700 service hours) fellow receives a $30,000 stipend, $6,495 education award through AmeriCorps, Healthcare reimbursement stipend of up to $386/month, and Access to 1:1 technical mentors with national leaders, such as the Strategic Alliance Director at Microsoft and the VP of Government Relations at Land O’Lakes.
Note: The ACC Fellowship also offers 900 & 1200-hour service options when the program allows.