The Public Service Center supports community efforts to create a healthier and more just world in a variety of ways. We work to increase accessibility to University resources and engage the community.
Our long-standing community partners tell us that as a result of their engagement with UC Berkeley and the Public Service Center, they are better able to meet their short- and long-term objectives.
Ways to Partner with the Center
There are several ways to partner with the Public Service Center or other campus offices, including hosting interns, offering Work-Study, or applying for funding with a UC Berkeley department as a partner.
Host a Student through the Center’s Programs
Applications will be posted here when we are recruiting. If you would like to talk to someone about opportunities, contact email@example.com.
Host an Intern through the Public Service Internship program. Applications are available in January for the next year.
Host a college student from China as an intern through the W.T. Chan Fellowship. Placements are made in March/April, and interns serve from August through December.
Reach out to student groups. Contact one of the Center’s affiliated student groups with your opportunity.
Announce Your Opportunities
Submit your opportunity to our monthly newsletter received by 2,500 students across campus. Email a short description to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 1st of the month, and include a website URL for more information.
Post an internship with the Career Center. If you have an internship or job opening, post the opportunity with the Career Center for free.
Post your opportunity to our VolunteerMatch database. Follow the directions to post your opportunity on the VolunteerMatch website. Then email email@example.com and let us know that you have created a profile and would like us to highlight the opportunity.
Contact academic advisers. Academic advisers can help you find volunteers. By their third year, most UC Berkeley students have declared their major and have been assigned an adviser. Advisers distribute leadership and service opportunities to their students usually in a weekly newsletter. Be selective and target advisers in the fields related to your opportunity. Contact academic advisers within the College of Letters and Sciences (PDF), or promote education-related opportunities to the Education Minor staff coordinator. You can also ask about becoming approved as an Education field study course.
Recruit Graduate Students
Programs throughout the campus place graduate students with community organizations to conduct advanced research and other services. See individual program websites for details and application information. Most programs recruit community sites over the summer, with applications due in August.
Opportunities for community organizations to partner with graduate students include:
- Goldman School of Public Policy — Policy Analysis
- Haas School of Business Board Fellows Program or Social Sector Solutions
- School of Public Health Interns
- School of Social Welfare Field Placement
- School of Information Master of Information Managment & Systems Summer Interns
- Berkeley Law Student-Initiated Legal Service Projects
Offer Federal Work-Study Pay
We encourage partners to offer stipends or pay so that students from all income backgrounds can serve. The Federal Work-Study Program reimburses nonprofit, school, or government employers 50% of a student’s wages. Read more about getting started.
Apply for Funding
The Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund offers funding to campus/community partnerships whose work takes place in the City of Berkeley. Details about opportunities and application information is on the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund website.
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