Service Learning

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Connecting Classrooms with Communities

Community Service Learning (CSL) courses are designed to help you apply theoretical classroom knowledge to structured, community-based experiences. CSL courses provide structured critical reflection and opportunities for professional development. Additionally, you can expand your social network by cultivating relationship with your peers, faculty member, and diverse community members. Acquiring a social network early on in college through developing social and cultural capital are vital to increasing student success and retention rates. Community members can benefit substantially from your dedication to raise public awareness and commitment to addressing existing community issues. Supporting CSL courses is part of our mission at ICCE to develop civically responsible students and strengthen the relationship between our university and diverse community partners. 


  • Obtain experience to build out your resume in preparation for your future career and/or graduate school
  • Explore potential career fields and network with community members 
  • Post CSL service hours on your official transcript 
  • Develop problem-solving, leadership, and communication skills
  • Expand your social network with SF State students and faculty members
  • Make a difference by influencing  policy outcomes, advocating for change, and/or addressing community-based issues

Steps to enrolling in a course with a CSL option and finding a service learning site placement 

  • Contact your department/program coordinator for eligibility, requirements, and more information about a specific course you are interested in.
  • You can view a complete list of courses that are community service learning (CSL) designated as indicated in the SF State Bulletin and Class Schedule per semester.
  1. Refer to your course instructor and syllabus to determine if you will be participating in a SERVICE-LEARNING PLACEMENT OR SERVICE-LEARNING PROJECT. 

  2. Register/Log-in to ULink, SF State's online community engagement portal. 

  3. Search and apply for service-learning opportunities in ULink .

    • Refer to the ULink & Site Placement Student User Guide (guide can be found in the "Quick Links" tab below). This guide provides a roadmap and detailed step-by-step process in finding opportunities.

    • Note: If you secure a service learning opportunity with an organization not listed in ULink, refer to the ULink & Site Placement Student User Guide to "Request Placement with Non-Contracted Site".

  4. Confirm with your course instructor that your service learning site placement meets course requirements and eligibility to earn academic credit. 

  • You will need to review and sign the Student Informed Consent & COVID-19 Info. Packet before begin with your service learning site placement. This packet will be sent you from ICCE via DocuSign.
  • Refer to the ULink & Site Placement Student User Guide (guide can be found in the "Quick Links" tab below). This guide provides a roadmap and detailed step-by-step process of how you can activate your DocuSign account and how to request ICCE to send the Student Informed Consent & COVID-19 Info. Packet via DocuSign.  
A “learning plan” is a document that captures information which will help you, your site supervisor, and course instructor to have an understanding of the following: 
  • Course and site information
  • Service/work objectives: Summarizes your primary responsibilities/the type of work that you will be doing, and the specific tasks to be completed by the end of your service.
  • Learning objectives: ways in which site placement connects with your in-class learning
  • Work schedule
  • Additional information specific to your course/department/program.
Refer to your course instructor for guidance. In many cases, your course instructor/program will have a customized “Learning Plan” specific to your course/program that they will ask you to complete, review and sign. You do not need to submit a copy of your Learning Plan to ICCE. 
 
  • Once you confirm your placement, you will be able to log-in your completed hours in ULink. This function is only available with registered organizations in ULink. Refer to the ULink & Site Placement Student User Guide (guide can be found in the "Quick Links" tab below). This guide provides a roadmap and detailed step-by-step process as to how you can link your profile with your site organization and how to log-in your hours.

  • Learn more about how your CSL hours can be posted on your official transcript


Frequently Asked Questions

We encourage students to log into ULink and browse the available opportunities with our existing community partners first. If you have confirmed a service learning opportunity with an organization currently not listed in ULink, you must complete a "Student Placement Request for Non-Contracted Site" form in ULink. Refer to the ULink & Site Placement Student User Guide. This guide provides a roadmap and detailed step-by-step process. Guide can be found in the "Quick Links".

Each service learning opportunity is different. Students should work with their site supervisor and course instructor to develop a feasible work schedule while fulfilling course requirements to earn academic credit. Typically, course instructors require 20-35 hours per semester. But again refer to your course instructor and site supervisor.

Yes, please visit SF State's digital community engagement portal, ULink to search for opportunities. Please check in with your course instructor to ensure that your service learning opportunity fulfills course requirements and eligibility to earn academic credit.