Ways To Partner

Pathways to Partnership

At the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE), we support non-clinical, academic internship and service learning courses across many different colleges and departments. Throughout the academic year, we have students who actively searching for educational opportunities to contribute to diverse organizations. 

Academic Internship Placement: Students as Volunteers/Interns 

A for-credit academic internship (paid or unpaid) is a structured and supervised professional work experience that is directly related to a student's major field of study or career interest. Students are seeking opportunities to gain valuable mentorship, work experience, and professional skill development. Students contribute towards an organization to help fulfill their organizational capacity, mission, and goals. 

Students typically devote a minimum of ~120 hours over a ~10-15 week period. 

Service-Learning Courses: Placements vs. Projects 

Service-learning courses are designed to help students apply course concepts to structured, community-based experiences. Service-learning courses provide structure critical reflection guided by faculty and opportunities for professional development. Students develop civic and social responsibility while addressing issues identified by community partners. There are two types of service-learning experiences students can participate in: service-learning placements or service-learning projects. Read about the differences below.

Students typically devote a minimum of ~20-30 hours over a ~10-15 week period. 

Service-Learning Placement: Students as Volunteers/Interns

In many service-learning courses, faculty members inform their students to refer to ICCE to assist them in finding a service site. Individual students or groups of students fill volunteer roles at your organization, usually offering 3-5 hours per week throughout the semester for a total of 20-40 hours of service (depending on the course requirements and the needs of the service site) over a 10 -15 week time period. Through structured reflection activities, such as discussion, written/reading assignments, faculty members guide students to understand how their community experiences link with the academic and civic learning objectives of the course.

Service-Learning Project: Engage Specific Courses in Projects

Some faculty members facilitate projects in collaboration with community partners. Students may work together to generate a product over a 10-15 week period. Examples of past collaborations had design students generate graphics and a website for a community partner and students in an urban poverty and policy course partnered with the Coalition on Homelessness in San Francisco to conduct field survey’s and qualitative interviews with people experiencing homelessness on where and why people without stable housing find shelter and access the things they need to survive and feel safe. Students apply their academic knowledge to real-world problems and organizations get a concrete product that advances the mission of the organization.
Note: Some projects require some lead time and preparation, so please contact ICCE early - at least three months before the start of the project. Some faculty announce a call for proposal in an effort to recruit community partners to collaborate with their students. ICCE will then forward this information to our community partners via email.

Partner with SF State and ICCE



  • Eunice Kim | eunicek@sfsu.edu for Academic Internship Courses in Early Field Work Programs (EFW), College of Business (COB), and College of Science & Engineering (COSE).

  • Michelle Chu | michelec@sfsu.edu for Academic Internship Courses in College of Health & Social Sciences (CHSS) and College of Liberal & Creative Arts (CLCA).

  • Glendie Domingo | glendie@sfsu.edu for Academic Internship Courses in College of Ethnic Studies (CoETHS) and Service Learning Courses in All Colleges