Community-based Education: Service Learning and Academic Internship

Announcement: Service Learning Faculty Mini-Grants for 2021-2022 Academic Year

We are pleased to announce Requests for Proposals for the Service Learning Faculty Mini-Grant Program for the upcoming 2021-2022 AY.

  • Ten (10) mini-grants up to $1,000.00 are available for all full-time faculty including full-time lecturers. Please note that up to five (5) grants will be considered for award to new service learning grantees or past grantees who have not received funding in the past three (3) years.
  • All applications are due Friday, May 21, 2021 by 5 PM, and should be emailed to Brett Forray at
  • If you should have any questions about this Service Learning Faculty Mini-Grant, the application process, or wish to discuss your potential grant initiative, please feel free to contact Brett Forray at or Julie Fox at


  • All Service Learning and Academic Internship activities will only be performed virtually/remotely until further notice. ​

    • Possible exemptions for internships are being reviewed by Colleges on a case-by-case basis.

    • Internship Exceptions are completed by the student. The request will then be sent to faculty for signature prior to being forwarded to the Dean.

    • Please contact Breanna Hale at or call 209-667-3669 regarding the process for an exemption request.

  • Students participating in virtual/remote Service Learning or Internships need to complete the required documents on the StanServes S4 website.

For information about the University's response to the COVID-19 virus, as well as information about campus facilities at this time, please go to this page: 

University COVID-19 Updates & FAQs 

What is Service-Learning?

At the core of service-learning is the principle that community service can be connected to classroom learning in such a way that service is more informed by theoretical and conceptual understanding and learning is more informed by the realities of the world.

Joint Educational Project, University of Southern California

About the Office of Service Learning

Stanislaus State promotes service learning as a High Impact Practice that is a valued part of a student's educational process through which academic experience and social consciousness are deepened. Launched in 2000, the Office of Service Learning has made remarkable progress in supporting the faculty's development of service learning and academic internship opportunities. 

Our office is dedicated to supporting faculty to develop and administer quality service learning programs. We support our students to learn how service learning can help them gain a greater awareness of our community, how they can become leaders to make positive change, and be better prepared in the workplace. We support our community partners to help meet their needs in serving our community and welcome their role as co-educators with our faculty and students.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, 165 undergraduate and graduate course sections, spanning numerous disciplines, contained a community-based learning component. Among the departments with a community-based learning component are:

Accounting and Finance, Anthropology, Art, Business, Chemistry, Child Development, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, English, Honors Program, Kinesiology, Liberal Studies, Nursing, Politics, and Public Administration, Psychology, Sociology, and Teacher Education.

In 2019-2020, we sponsored two AmeriCorp VISTA members that focused on STEM sciences by engaging the K-12 community, teachers, the College of Science, and Stan State faculty in Science in Our Community.

Additionally, the Office of Service Learning has been delegated to work with internship faculty in order to ensure that student interns meet campus risk management policy and procedures.

Please go to Academic Internships for more details. Internships are developed and administered by faculty in the department in which they are offered.

Our Goals

The primary goal of the Office of Service Learning at California State University, Stanislaus is to enhance student learning through service learning projects. Specifically, the Office of Service Learning has the following program goals:

  • To enhance our students' subject matter learning in applying classroom knowledge to practical experience.
  • To model for our students how a critical and democratic teacher can act to bring civic engagement into the classroom.
  • To develop our students' commitment to service, social justice, and community involvement.
  • To enable our students to work productively with diverse communities.
  • To assist faculty and students to comply with risk management policy designated for relevant service learning and internship off-campus activities.

Student Learning Objectives for Service Learning

The Service Learning program goals are framed through the lens of student learning, and the faculty have developed specific student learning objectives to accompany these important service learning program goals.  Students participating in service learning are expected to achieve the following student learning outcomes:  

  1. Apply discipline‐specific and/or interdisciplinary knowledge and critical thinking skills to community issues. (Program Goals 1,2)
  2. Demonstrate critical self‐reflection of oneʹs own assumptions and values as applied to community issues.  (Program Goals 2,3,4)
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and sensitivity to issues of culture, diversity, and social justice as applied to community engagement. (Program Goals 2,3,4)

Office of Service Learning Statistics

  • In the 2019-2020 academic year, the Office of Service Learning supported an estimated 165-course sections offering a service component. Due to the presence of the COVID-19 virus in spring 2020, student's community engagement activities were suspended.
  • In 2019-2020 an estimated 3,292 students had the opportunity to participate in a service learning course or event.
  • The estimated contribution to the local economy of service activities provided to the region by service learning is an estimated $1,759,922.00