The Public Service Center can support graduate students by providing ways to connect to community organizations, by offering resources for incorporating community-engaged work into your teaching and scholarship, and by creating opportunities to support those participating in community-engaged learning and public service.
Here are some places to start.
Volunteering and Internships
Look for opportunities through VolunteerMatch, a searchable database for internships and volunteer opportunities.
Community-Based Teaching and Scholarship
There are many ways for graduate students to get involved in community-based teaching and scholarship.
Partner with the American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) program. ACES — a partnership of the Public Service Center and the American Cultures Center — offers graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to support the development and implementation of a community-engaged course. ACES also hosts a Graduate Learning Community in Scholar Activism. Applications for both ACES courses and the graduate learning community will be available on the American Cultures ACES webpage when the programs are recruiting.
Support the facilitation of a Public Service Center program. Some Public Service Center programs utilize Graduate Assistants to co-manage programs, facilitate training and reflection, and provide 1-1 mentoring to undergraduate students engaged in public service. If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will connect you with any open opportunities.
Apply for the Chancellor’s Awards for Public Service. Each year, the Chancellor honors the work of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, staff, and community partnerships that demonstrate outstanding contributions to the public good. Nominations open in February each year; recipients are selected in March and honored at a public reception at the end of spring semester.
In May 2016, Cindy Dinh and Paul Monge received the Chancellor’s Award for Public Service in the Graduate Student category. As students at the UC Berkeley School of Law, they have been applying their training to establish a program that will enable students to automatically register to vote when they enroll at a UC, CSU, or community college. By removing barriers to voter registration, Paul and Cindy hope to encourage greater voter turnout and increase civic participation among young people in California. As Cindy noted, “We want to build a democracy that’s really inclusive of voices of young people.”