STEM Counts

The STEM Counts Program (formally known as America Counts) is a federally funded work-study program in which ICCE hires San Francisco State University students (also referred to as STEM Counts Ambassadors) to provide STEM academic support and facilitate activities for youth in K-12 public after school programs, and non-profit organizations, with an intentional university-community partnership that will achieve community-identified outcomes supporting children, youth and families throughout San Francisco.


PAID OPPORTUNITY: Accepting Applications for STEM Counts participants for AY 2021-2022!

Available positions at the following host organizations: 

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Apply early! Positions open until filled.
Applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis.

Program Overview

The STEM Counts program is an opportunity for students at San Francisco State University to develop their leadership and professional skills, in a service setting. STEM Counts program participants, also known as STEM Counts Ambassadors, help bring a new and inspiring perspective to STEM lessons and career opportunities in STEM. Through their time, enthusiasm and experiences, it is our hope that STEM Counts Ambassadors will encourage and inspire young people to progress further in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. 

STEM Counts Ambassadors also participate in specialized leadership training, such as workshops and one-on-one meetings to learn how to form meaningful relationships in the community and carry out public engagement projects, in which they use the skills developed to represent San Francisco state university while providing support to a variety of schools and community-based science and technology initiatives. STEM Ambassadors are placed in after-school programs as well as outside traditional learning venues, such as museums and non-profit organizations, to better include people who cannot or do not engage with STEM in conventional ways. 

Additionally, in alignment with San Francisco Unified School District, many participating host sites offer STEAM programming. STEAM program integrates Artistic practices and Technology into the teaching of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM with an A!) Through collaborative exploration, students build the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to stay current in the 21st century. According to the California Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Learning Network, “a STE[A]M-literate student is not only an innovator and critical thinker, but is able to make meaningful connections between school, community, work and global issues.”

PDF: Detailed Program Overview-AY 2021-22

Specific assignments may vary based on host organization needs: nonetheless, we anticipate that most STEM Counts Ambassadors’ assignments to be heavily direct service.*

For example, STEM Counts Ambassadors could: 

  • Tutor and mentor K-12 students 

  • Prepare and facilitate tutoring workshops, collaborative projects, or academic support sessions for small groups of students

  • Recruit, train, and coordinate (but not select) volunteers, including high school and college students and older adults 

  • Help students engage in areas of STEM, by using effective instructional strategies and educational resources, with hands-on and inspiring content.

  • Engage students in a variety of fun asset STEM building activities, such as: journal keeping, reading, games, homework assistance, etc.

  • Structure long-term ways for involving community members in STEM project activities 

  • Generate materials, supplies, and space for STEM focused initiatives, projects, and activities 

  • Conduct community education, outreach, and awareness related to the project/program 

  • Serve as positive role models, and provide feedback to students using positive reinforcement techniques to encourage and motivate students

*Note: Location of host organization sites will be forthcoming. The majority will be within a close distance from the SF State main campus.  

  • Build your resume for graduate school and/or your future career

  • Networking opportunities with education, non-profit, and community partners

  • Professional development provided by your site and ICCE

  • Be part of a cohort community that is committed to inspire, learn and engage

  • Receive Financial Aid Work-Study for 2021-2022

  • Open to all majors and both undergraduate and graduate levels

  • Must be a current SF State undergraduate or graduate student. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 units for fall 2021 and graduate students must be enrolled in at least 4 units.

  • Available to work a minimum of 8 hours a week, during after school hours (~2-6pm) and for the duration of the academic year (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022)

  • Must be able to work in person at organization host site

  • Must pass a background check and be negative for Tuberculosis*

  • Have a desire to improve STEM education and must have interest in working with youth

  • A commitment to working in racially, ethnically, and economically diverse communities is a must

  • Possess maturity, respect for youth, ability to listen with patience and an open mind

  • Have ability to work in a diverse setting and a passion for making a positive impact in one’s community

  • Desired (though not limited to) Majors: Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Earth Sciences, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Education

*Note: More information from ICCE as to how and where to complete LiveScan and TB test will be given prior to beginning at the assigned host organization site.

  1. Students submit an online application (including returning America Counts participants) through their SF State Handshake account. 

  2. ICCE program staff interview (via Zoom) applicants who pass the initial screening. The interview is a way for us to get to know you and answer any questions you may have!

  3. If offered a position, ICCE program staff will identify and match the assignment that’s the best fit with the host organization and student.

  4. STEM Ambassadors attend an orientation/training, complete background check and TB test before beginning their assignments, along with ongoing training sessions that are required of all STEM Ambassadors prior to beginning at their host site.

  5. Selected STEM Ambassadors:

    • Mandatory Orientation (online): (time TBD)

    • Expected start date at host organizations: asap (pending on background check & TB test results)