Service Learning Institute

Steps to Service Learning

Step 1: BROWSE

Your professor may have an approved list of Community Partners for your course. Start with the information your professor provides. If they would like you to search for your own opportunity, please see the resources below.

Use these resources to narrow down your top choices. Clear your choices with your professor before contacting the organization.

How to browse opportunities on CalState S4/MySLP

Opportunity Search Tips and Opportunity Activities list of suggested keyword terms.

  • At the beginning of the semester, some of our community partners joined our Virtual Partner Fair to recruit students to their opportunities.  Each partner had 30 seconds to introduce their organization and the opportunities they currently have open.  Here is the link to view the recording:

Service Learning Opportunities:

  • CSUMB has a community partnership database with hundreds of non-profit organizations and governmental agencies that are established service learning community partners. The links below take you to lists of the partners that have identified specific service opportunities for the current semester. Review their service needs and connect with the partners according to the “Opportunity Application Instructions” at the bottom of each opportunity posting:

  • CSUMB has an extensive network of K-12 partner districts and schools ready for your service. Some Districts have pre-identified service opportunities and specific district and/or school liaisons to support you in arranging your service placement. Other Districts welcome your service but require you to reach out individually to make the arrangements. All listed K-12 Districts are current service learning partners and are technically able to host CSUMB service learning students.

  • One-Time Service Learning Requests are designed to accommodate students who: 

    • live outside the area and have identified an appropriate organization closer to home.  
    • have an existing relationship with a relevant organization for which a comparable opportunity does not already exist in the database.
    • have secured a unique opportunity that does not exist in the database with an existing community partner.

    Students will need to:

    1. Ensure the organization and/or opportunity:
      • aligns with the definition of service as “community and civic engagement oriented toward creating a more just and humane society”, 
      • is with “external (to CSUMB) human communities” and builds a reciprocal relationship, and
      • meets course expectations.
    2. Provide the following information to your course professor:
      • Student’s name and CSUMB email address
      • Name of organization
      • Organization’s website (not required)
      • Site Supervisor name and email address
      • Brief description of service activities
      • Location Type (in-person, hybrid, remote)

    See our One-Time Service Site instructions. 


See resources on the Help page or attend Drop-in Hours!