Partnering with San Francisco State University

Thank you for your interest in partnering with SF State. We look forward to exploring a potential partnership with your organization.

To initiate a partnership request, it is a simple 2-step process:

  1. The first step for an agency to become a contracted community partner is to register as an “Organization” in ULink

  2. Once your ULink registration is completed and reviewed, we will send you a Learning Site Placement Agreement (LPSA) for review and signature. When the Agreement is executed by all parties, ICCE will then approve your organization in ULink and you then will be able to have full access to ULink. 

User Guide: How to register as an Organization in ULink

Your registration will initiate the process for us to learn more about your organization and the off-campus learning opportunities that you would like to make available to students. Ideally, a representative of the organization who is familiar with the learning activities that university students will be engaged in, as well as your safety policies and procedures should complete the registration. ULink, is SF State's digitial community engagement platform.

SF State invites organizations from a variety of community sectors to partner with us around applied learning opportunities for students. These may include for-credit, co-curricular (non-credit bearing), paid, and un-paid opportunities. Organizations must complete this ULink registration as the first step in the process to working with our students. Additionally, organizations partnering with the University must also sign a Learning Site Placement Agreement (LPSA), with the exception for paid opportunities. Organizations that are paying students are not required to complete an LPSA, but are still required to complete the ULink registration. 

Currently, the Institute for Civic & Community Engagement (ICCE) coordinates and provides administrative support and resources for faculty and students engaged in academic internships and community service learning opportunities and the related partnerships. 

Academic Internships are a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application, training, and skills development in a professional setting. Academic internships give students opportunities to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide, train and evaluate talent. Academic internships predominantly supports career building, pre-professional internships.

Service-learning is a teaching methodology that utilizes service experiences in the community as text for learning in the classroom. Nonprofit organizations, government agencies and schools serve as co-educators and provide real world learning situations for students to address unmet community needs. Service-learning activities inform, clarify, illustrate and stimulate additional thought about academic topics covered in the classroom, as well as encourage students to develop or strengthen a habit of service, social responsibility and community engagement. On-site work or projects are combined with reflective academic assignments that help students learn by doing.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at or please join us at our weekly virtual drop-in hours.

For more information, resources, and ULink Userguide.

NOTE: SF State faculty or students cannot complete an Organization ULink registration on behalf of an organization. However, you can copy the URL of this page and send it directly to a prospective organizational partner.