I am already enrolled in a course with the CSL option. What are my next steps?


1. Watch the Give Back: Cultural Humility & Service-Learning Video

  • This video uses images, interviews, and text to provide important background information about the City's diverse neighborhoods and cultures, and how to enter communities respectfully while doing community engaged work.

2. ​Refer to your course syllabus and/or your professor will inform you of the kind of service-learning experience that is expected.  Generally, there are two types of service-learning at SF State:

  • Placement - students are expected to find a community organization with which to serve or your professor will provide you with a list of acceptable organizations where you can serve.
  • Project - you will work with your peers in the classroom to generate a product for a community organization.
In each of these models, a fundamental goal is to connect your service experience with the classroom content.  Your professor will have assignments and reflection activities that will help you make these connections.

3. Register with SF State's community engagement online website,ULINK49 to understand your rights & responsibilities, agree to the student code of conduct, and to view the current list of community partners and opportunities.  

  • Be sure to select your CSL designated course that you are enrolled in.
  • Note: It is recommended that students use their SF State email to register in Ulink49 (also known as coMesh)
  • Student User Guide and Instructional Videos can be found at the Student Resources webpage.
  • Upon registering for a service-learning course, your professor may have a project for your class or specific organization to serve at.  If, however, you have registered for a service-learning course, and your professor requires that you find a community site to complete your service requirement, you can view service opportunities through ULink49 (also known as coMesh). 
  • If you are given the option to choose your own site, you will be able to search and apply for a service-learning opportunity in Ulink49. There are 200+ University approved community partners to choose from!
  • Note: We do our best to encourage all community partners in ULink49 to update their profile and post their available opportunities every semester. If you cannot find a current opportunity posting from your desired agency, please contact Glendie Domingo-Lipar 
  • Are you already at a community site and you cannot find your agency and opportunity in ULink49 or would you like to do your service hours with an agency not listed in ULink49? Please contact Glendie Domingo-Lipar.


Update: Looking for a service learning placement site? Come meet our community partners in personATTEND THE SPRING 2018 INTERNSHIP & SERVICE LEARNING FAIR - TUES., FEB 6 & WED., FEB 7, 2018


  • If you do not hear from the agency that you applied to within 2-3 days, contact them directly. 
  • Attend the annual Internships & Service-Learning Fair every fall semester. You will have the opportunity to meet over 45+ non-profit and government agencies and discover the services and employment/volunteer opportunities that these agencies offer. This is a great chance to meet in-person the partners listed in Ulink49!

4. Once you found your service-learning site, submit the following forms to your course instructor:   

5. Perform the required service and keep track of your hours with your site supervisor 

  • You can keep track of your service hours in ULink49 and request that your Agency Supervisor verify those hours in the system. But refer to your course syllabus as to the mechanism that your course instructor wants you to use to track your hours.
  • Note: CSL hours completed (minimum of 20 hours hours or directed by professor) and approved by your professor, will be posted on your official transcript.