Service Learning Showcase and Award Celebration
You're Invited! Join us for the 2021 Service Learning Showcase and AwardsCelebration to highlight exemplary service projects and Service Learning leaders.
Nominate or self-nominate for one of our monetary awards. Learn more about the awards
and nomination process here.
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
- 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. NOTE: This form should be filled out by a Community Partner ONLY. Students who complete
the form, will have their request DENIED.
Step 1: Submit an Application for a University Partnership
This form should be filled out by a Community Partner ONLY. Students who complete
the form, will have their request DENIED.
Complete the Request to Initiate Partnership form online. To process your application in a timely manner, please ensure to answer
all questions thoroughly. Please note your “Main Contact” information will be listed
in the database for our students and faculty to view as the point of contact for your
organization. If your application is on behalf of a pre-selected student, please indicate
in the application.
Step 2: Sign a University Community Partnership Agreement
|The application will be reviewed and, upon approval, a University Community Partnership Agreement will be sent to your organization to review and sign. The agreement will be valid
for 5 years. Your organization and internship information will be uploaded to the
Internship Database for our students and faculty to review upon receiving your signed
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.
Virtual CSUSM Campus Annoucement
Due to current COVID-19 Federal, State and County restrictions, we strongly recommend
offering virtual service learning opportunities, if possible. The Department of Service Learning and Civic Engagement 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.