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For Service Learning Providers/Community Partners

Important Announcement

Due to current COVID-19 Federal, State and County restrictions, we strongly recommend offering virtual service learning opportunities, if possible. The Office of Service Learning is here to assist you in regard to best practices in creating virtual service learning opportunities. When your organization is able to offer an on-site service learning opportunity, CSUSM students may  participate in on-site internships and/or service learning activities in the State of California provided the student and the organization follow current Federal, State, and County public health guidelines effective May 19, 2020. Organizations will be required to submit evidence they are in compliance with public health guidelines.  

What is Service Learning

Service learning incorporates community work into the curriculum, giving students real-world learning experiences that enhance their academic learning while providing a tangible benefit for the community. As a Community Partner, you play an essential role as co-educator in our students’ Service Learning classes. 

How Do Students Benefit from Service Learning?

Learning outcomes—deeper understanding of course material, positive impact on student engagement, retention, and graduation rates
Personal outcomes—enhances leadership, collaboration, communication skills
Social outcomes—appreciation of diversity, cultural competence, empathy, civic engagement

How Do Community Partners Benefit?

  • By educating students about current issues that impact
    the community and inspiring the next generation of community leaders.
  • Extra hands to support the important work you do.
  • Developing relationships with CSUSM and other Community Partners.
  • Increasing visibility of your organization on campus and in the community.
  • Energy and enthusiasm of student volunteers who may be inspired by your mission and carry it forward in their future lives and careers.
  • College students can become positive role models for organizations working with under served youths.
  • Creating connections with students for long-term volunteering or hiring.
  • Opportunities for your organization to collaborate in faculty research.
 

Who Are Our Students?

  • About 60% of our students are female and 40% male.
  • 47% identify as Hispanic/Latinx, 27% as white, 8.7% as Asian, 3% as Black.
  • Approximately 11% are military-connected students.
  • 31% are first-generation college students in their family.
  • The average age is 22.7, though ages can range from 17 to mid-sixties.
  • Our students are extremely busy! Many hold full-time or part-time jobs. Others juggle school with work and parenting. 
 

 

Applying for a Community Partnership

At CSUSM, we are invested in the practice of our community partners being co-educators. This approach requires a relationship between the university and the community organization in which both are active participants in the Service Learning experience.

Your application will be reviewed within 3-5 business days and you will be contacted directly upon completion of this step. If you already have a current university community partnership agreement with us and want to submit a new internship opportunity, please complete the New Service Learning Opportunity Form


To ensure your Service Learning opportunity is posted in a timely manner, please submit a request at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester.