Students: Eligibility & How to Apply

SF State College Corps fellows demonstrate a high level of motivation, commitment, and community focus and will work with one of three focus areas during their time as a fellow. Enrolled students from across programs and majors are welcome to apply for the College Corps fellowship and will earn academic credit and funding in exchange for their service during a full academic year.

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  • Graduate with less debt as College Corps Fellows will receive $10,000 through:

    • a $7,000 living allowance paid monthly throughout your active service term

    • a $3,000 Education Award* upon successful completion of 450 hours

  • Be part of a cohort of students in a first-of-its-kind statewide partnership addressing societal challenges and helping to build more equitable communities across California

  • Serve in a community service placement focused on an issue you care about: Food Justice, Climate Justice, or K-12 Education (includes youth Behavioral Health & Well-Being)

  • Participate in training, professional development, and exposure to the skills and collaboration needed for community change

  • Network with community leaders and students from across campus and the state of CA who are committed to building stronger communities

  • Gain hands-on, real-world experience and professional skills that will transfer to future endeavors

  • Instill a sense of pride and common purpose as you work alongside fellow student leaders from across the state

*Eligible AB 540 Dreamers compensation distribution may differ depending on eligibility 

Priority will be given to students who demonstrate a financial need. As a reflection of our campus's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and the elimination of educational opportunity gaps, we highly encourage AB540 students, students who are the first in their families to attend college, and students who demonstrate a financial need to apply.

We are looking for committed students who have:

  • Passion for working in partnership with diverse communities to make positive change;
  • Flexibility to work in different areas and adapt to changing circumstances;

  • Growth mindset and eagerness to try new things;

  • Interest in connecting with and learning from other students and partners across the state;

  • Willingness to be an ambassador for the Fellowship on campus and beyond

General Eligibility AY 23-24

  • At least 18 years old

  • Be a full-time, enrolled undergraduate student at SF State (12 units) during the duration of the program (Fall 2023 and Spring 2024)
  • No minimum GPA, but students must be in good conduct and academic standing

  • U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident OR AB 540 CA Dream Act Student

Students selected to join the program should meet at least one of the following criteria to demonstrate financial eligibility:

1. Students who receive financial aid (state or federal): College Corps compensation will be considered as part of your financial aid package.

  • Federal Eligible Students - Federal Application for Student Financial Aid for 2023-24 (FAFSA) (Award amount must be sufficient to include the College Corps compensation package of $10,000)

  • AB 540 Eligible Students - California Dream Act Application (CADAA) for the 2023-2024 academic year; active recipients of Cal Grant B Award for 2023-24 OR an active recipient of a Cal Grant A Award who is also Cal Grant B eligible. 

2. Needs to work or borrow loans to meet college costs.

  • Students who do not receive state or federal financial aid Are still eligible for the College Corps program. Applies to U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents only. AB 540 students must be recipients of Cal Grants A or B.

Resource for AB 540 students: please contact the SF State Dream Resource Center Coordinator at drc@sfsu.edu for assistance/guidance should you have any questions about the above eligibility requirements

*Final student eligibility will be determined after financial aid awards for 2023-24 have been confirmed by the Office of Financial Aid in July/August. The College Corps program may help offset student loans by replacing or reducing the amount a student needs to borrow. The Office of Financial Aid will work with students to determine the best option. Students with questions about financial aid or CADAA status or process should contact the Office of Financial Aid at SF state. 

Additional Requirements

  • Will not be graduating in Fall 2023

  • Students must have the ability to enroll in the All University (AU 500) Civic Action seminar each semester (fall 2023 and spring 2024) in addition to maintaining full-time enrollment. Note: this hybrid AU 500 is offered on Fridays from 10 am-11:40 am. This course counts as training hours towards the 450 total hours.

  • Students studying abroad during either/both semesters are not eligible.
  • Availability to commit to a year of direct service work on an average of 15 hours per week during both the Fall and Spring semesters. 

  • Be able to commit to the required attendance of training/meetings

  • Be willing to complete and pass all background checks upon hire

  • COVID vaccination with booster and clear TB test is required for service (if required by the host site and/or for placement with K-12 sites)

  • Attend an online Student Pre-Orientation on May 9, 2023, OR May 10, 2023, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, if selected.

  • Attend an in-person Welcome + Orientation Launch at SF State the week of August 14, 2023.

  • Complete interviews with nonprofit organizations in June 2023, if selected. These interviews will determine your site placements for the academic year (more information about these interviews will be given once students are selected for the program).

College Corps @ SF State works with campus and community partners to place students in two-semester paid internships. Internships will focus on key issues related to climate action and environmental justice, food insecurity, and K-12 education.

As a student participating in College Corps @ SF State, you will:

  • Commit to a two-semester internship (fall 2023 and spring 2024) during which you will complete 450 hours of meaningful work while honing professional and educational skills and knowledge, exploring career opportunities, and building/expanding your networks with community professionals. This breaks down to about 12-15 hours a week at your internship service site. *Note to reach the 450-hour goal by May 31, 2024, it is strongly recommended to continually work an average of 15 hours per week.

  • Engage in real-world job experiences that can bolster and strengthen your resume.

  • Enroll in a 2-unit seminar (AU 500) course during the fall 2023  and spring 2024 semesters.

  • Attend professional development trainings and workshops.

  • Connect with other interns across the state via a virtual community platform and regional events.

  • Receive up to $7,000 toward living expenses (paid out in monthly installments) and a $3,000 educational award at the completion of your 450 hours that can be used to pay off education loans or put toward future educational expenses (e.g., tuition, books).

For the second student cohort that will complete the program during the 2023-2024 academic year, we are selecting 48 students. Students from all colleges and majors are encouraged to apply, including AB540 students and those who are the first in their families to go to college.

Duration

Service term: 2-semester program (Fall 2023 & Spring 2024)*

*The program begins with an in-person Welcome/Orientation/Program Launch: the week of Aug. 14th, 2023

Coursework

Must enroll in AU 500 College Corps seminar for fall 2023 & spring 2024

Internship Focus Area

3 thematic areas: (1) climate change and environmental justice; (2) food insecurity; and (3) K-12 education.

Number of Hours Students Will Complete

450 hours over 2 semesters (~15 hours per week).*

*Expected target date to complete 450 hours: May, 17, 2024

Student Compensation

Up to $10,000 – which includes a living allowance ($7,000) throughout the service term and an Education Award ($3,000) upon completion of 450 hours 

Financial Eligibility

Students should meet one of the following criteria:

  • Must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2023-24 academic year and qualify for a Federal Pell Grant or a Middle-Class Scholarship.
  • Must have completed the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) for the 2023-24 academic year and qualify for a State Cal Grant B active recipient of Cal Grant B Award for 2023-24 OR an active recipient of a Cal Grant A Award who is also Cal Grant B eligible. 
  • Needs to work or borrow loans to meet college costs (Students who do not receive state or federal financial aid are still eligible for the College Corps program. Applies to U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents only. AB 540 students must be recipients of Cal Grants A or B.).
Special Eligibility Requirements Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student (12 units) for the fall 2023 and spring 2024 semesters. Must be in good academic standing. International students are ineligible.

 

Dates for AY 2023-24 Cohort Applicants*​​​​​​

*Dates are subject to change.

Priority Application Deadline

Online application closes at 11:59 pm (PST), Thursday, April 6, 2023

Notification to Finalists

If selected as a finalist, complete a short Zoom interview with a program staff member between April 10, 2023, and April 21, 2023.*

*Final student eligibility will be determined after financial aid awards for 2023-24 have been confirmed by the Office of Financial Aid in July/August 2023.

Pre-Orientation Session

If selected, attend the online student pre-orientation (preparation for non-profit interviews) on May 9, 2023, OR May 10, 2023, from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Interviews with Host Organizations 

Complete interviews with nonprofit organizations between June 5, 2023, and June 30, 2023, to determine site placements. These interviews will determine your site placements for the academic year (more information about these interviews will be given once students are selected for the program).

Welcome Launch + Orientation

The program begins with an in-person Welcome/Orientation/Program Launch: the week of Aug. 14th, 2023 (date to be determined)

Fellows begin at Host Organization

the week of Aug. 21st, 2023

Date to Complete 450 hrs by May 17, 2024
  • Fellows will work with K-12 schools, food banks/pantries, or climate action organizations to build healthier and more equitable communities across California. Projects range from working in a community garden/farm and tutoring to mentoring K-12 school students (including youth behavioral health & well-being). 

  • College Corps at SF State offers service positions with local nonprofits and municipal agencies located within San Francisco and San Mateo (specifically Daly City) counties. Placement with host sites will happen as a separate process after the initial application. 

  • You’ll share successes and challenges and will learn from your peers in weekly cohort meetings/training; each cohort will consist of College Corps Fellows all focused on the same community issue (food, climate, or education/health)

  • You will have opportunities to apply your learning from orientation, College Corps cohort meetings, and virtual training, earn academic credit through the AU College Corps seminar course that will provide a foundation for your service

Fellow Responsibilities

  • Attend in-person mandatory student orientation that will occur the week of Aug. 14th, 2024

  • Complete 450 hours of service by May 17, 2024. To reach this goal, students must commit to consistently serving an average of 15 hours per week throughout the academic year

  • Complete livescan and additional required documents

  • Enroll in the All University (AU 500) Civic Action seminar each semester (fall 2023 and spring 2024) in addition to maintaining full-time enrollment. Note: this hybrid AU 500 is offered on Fridays from 10 am-11:40 am. This course counts as training hours towards the 450 total hours.

  • Attend trainings / professional development workshops (counts as training hours towards the 450 total hours).

  • Required participation in Orientation (August) and 1.5-day mid-year training ~March 2024 (counts as training hours towards the 450 total hours).

  • Document training and service hours via Google Timesheets and America Learns

  • Self-accountable, responsible, and have consistent, timely communication when working with College Corps staff 

Fellow Responsibilities at Host Site

  • Create a schedule with assigned host site to work an average of 15 hours per week throughout the academic year

  • Arrive at assigned site on time

  • Have consistent and professional communication with the host site in regard to availability and attendance

  • Self-accountable, responsible, and have consistent, timely communication when working with host site staff 

  • Fulfill host site responsibilities

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