Civic Engagement Fellows Program


The Civic Engagement Fellows program is a one-year, cohort-based, service-learning program aimed at preparing students to be active participants in their communities, both on and off campus. The Fellows are required to participate in weekly readings with group discussions; and, they complete 150 hours of service (10 hrs./week) in the community each semester with one of our university-approved community partners on the SF State ULink.

Every semester, in addition to the continued service and reflection on social theory, a community-based research project is required where the Fellows design, implement, and evaluate a project organized in collaboration with their chosen service site. The program, therefore, aims to address a real-life need and develop leadership skills, knowledge, experience, and commitments to social change in collaboration with community partners and other SF State students.

Program Goals and Learning Outcomes


At the beginning of every fall and spring semester, the Institute recruits several SF State student leaders to participate in the Fellows experience. This fellowship is a one-year paid opportunity for rising SF State undergraduate student leaders.


The goal of this fellowship is to help fellows gain the skills and knowledge to create positive change in our community and to develop as confident and passionate civic leaders. 

Program Outcomes

Personal Development

  • Develop an understanding of social identities and demonstrate cultural humility
  • Complete direct experiences and personal reflections in service
  • Develop and exercise critical thinking skills to analyze social justice issues

Professional Development

  • Generate awareness and knowledge on issues and concerns affecting our local communities
  • Competent in public speaking and delivering professional presentations
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task, and manage time effectively
  • Define and practice leadership as a collaboration with students, faculty, and the community
  • Assess the impact of the university-community partnerships on students, faculty, and various organizations involved

Service-Learning Development

  • Identify and critically evaluate methods and practices of successful community engagement
  • Understand the value of linking academic knowledge and community wisdom to address real world issues in a socially responsible way
  • Recognize ways in which your identities and values influence the way you participate in society
  • Apply knowledge and skills gained to your civic, personal, and professional life

Position Summary

Act as an advocate and resource for SF State students, ICCE approved community partners, departments, and student organizations. Help plan, coordinate, and execute ICCE events with staff and other Fellows. Assist and participate in major events and programs implemented by ICCE. Serve as a peer educator. Fellows are compensated for their time at $15.59/hr. It will require 20 hours per week commitment during the fall and spring semesters with the possibility summer/winter trainings.* All majors are encouraged to apply! (students with or without DACA can apply for the Fellows positions)

Duties and Responsibilities

Coordinating Partnerships

  • Research social issues and client population within the community as selected.
  • Create at least one service project that addresses a real community need.
  • Manage the service project in conjunction with the community partner and SF State students. 
  • Maintain service project logs including successes and challenges.

Event Planning

  • ​Present service project outcomes in a culminating presentation. 


  • ​Liaison to student groups, departments, and community partners.
  • Make presentations to classrooms, students, and community partners.
  • Attend on-campus events and workshops on behalf of ICCE.
  • Attend student group meetings that are civic-minded

Peer Education (on the following topics)

  • ​Service
  • Civic Engagement 
  • Community Service-Learning (CSL)
  • Community Partner Online Database (SF State ULink)



  • Publicize events through written and oral communication 
  • Create marketing materials for various events
  • Execute social media campaign

Functional Areas and Duties

    • Office hours available for project preparation
    • Documentation, assessment, and marketing materials development.


    • Enrolled as a full-time SF State student and taking at least one class at SF State
    • Completed at least one consecutive academic year at SF State 
    • Successful completion of a Community Service Learning (CSL) course (preferred)
    • Currently, holds or previously held a leadership position on campus (preferred)
    • Previous or current membership in a student club or organization (preferred)
    • Must possess knowledge and have involvement with SF State campus life
    • Cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher (preferred) 

    Questions? Interested in becoming a Fellow?

     Contact: Michelle Chu | 415-338-6472 |

    2019-2020 Civic Engagement Fellows


    2018-2019 Civic Engagement Fellows

    Dmitra Alexa




    AY 2017-2018 Civic Engagement Fellows

    Dmitra Alexa

    Where are they now? Check out their LinkedIn profiles!

    Civic Engagement Fellows: 2016-Present

    Civic Engagement Fellows ePortfolio 

    2017: Dmitra Lucas

    Major: CAD 

    2016: Mary Fitzgerald

    Major: Social Work

    2017: Alexa Medina

    Major: Communication

    2016: Rebeca Mayen

    Major: History

    2017: Jacqeline Galicia

    Major: Latinx Studies

    2016: Edgar Barraza

    Major: Environmental Studies

    2016: Shay Shields

    Major: Social Work

    2016: Pamela Ortiz

    Major: Studio Art 

    2016: Celeste Lopez

    Major: Psychology

    2016: Alexis Moran

    Major: Spanish

    2017: Mariposa Alvarez 

    Major: Spanish


    2016: Nayeli Amaro

    Major: Political Science


    2016: Eunice Kim

    Major: Spanish