How have Service Corps members benefited our community partner organizations?
The CUNY Service Corps seeks community partners to offer hands-on projects and meaningful supervision for Corps members during the 2014-2015 academic year.
The 2014-15 Community Partner Application is now open. The application deadline is Friday, April 18.
If you are a new prospective partner, applying to the Service Corps is a two-step process:
The CUNY Service Corps is more than an internship program: students are building professional skills while also engaged in work that addresses the city’s most pressing needs.
The CUNY Service Corps has a focused set of goals for Corps members, the University, and the program’s community partners:
Goals for Corps Members
Students will identify as stewards of CUNY and their communities and practice service as a component of active citizenship, community engagement, and social responsibility.
Educational & career success
Students will demonstrate awareness of the connection between their academic learning at CUNY and real‐life experiences and gain workplace skills that will improve their employment prospects after graduation.
Goals for CUNY
CUNY will integrate more experiential learning into the student experience.
Faculty/staff will utilize their deep expertise to address New York City’s most pressing needs, enabling CUNY — its faculty, staff, and students — to contribute to the public good.
Goals for Community Partners
CUNY students will increase the capacity of Service Corps community partners to serve their communities’ needs.
Community partners of the CUNY Service Corps:
Students selected for the highly competitive CUNY Service Corps have demonstrated that they:
Before placements begin, CUNY Service Corps members attend 14 hours of professional development training.
Service Corps members have added value to a myriad of activities at CEO while practicing service and building skills through support of multiple departments, including Human Resources and Operations.
The Corps members have shown excellent interpersonal and organizational skills while remaining enthusiastic and flexible. The CUNY Service Corps experience has been invaluable.
Tara M. Hall, Manager of Staff Training, Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)
The students we were assigned are intelligent, responsible, thoughtful, and diligent, allowing us—a small non-profit—to increase our capacity and be a more effective organization. Additionally, the administrators of the program have made participation easy, with friendly check-ins, reasonable reporting requirements, and excellent support."
Arif Ullah, Director of Programs, Citizens Committee for New York City
My colleagues are so pleased with the partnership between CUNY Service Corps and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. There seems to be a kind of Service Corps persona - someone who holds a mission driven approach close to their heart, who offers their service and who wants to work alongside our staff to promote the health and well-being of patients and families in the home and community.”
Michael Ambrosini, Director, Volunteer Services & Community Relations, Visiting Nurse Service of New York.
What types of organizations may apply?
The program is open to non-profit organizations and government agencies that have offices in New York City’s five boroughs.
How many Corps members can each partner request?
Prospective partners may request a minimum of 5 and no more than 50 students per organization.
How many hours do students work? When do they start?
Corps members work 12 hours per week for 24 weeks over two academic years. Placements begin in September 2014.
When do placements end?
After the program begins in September, Corps members and their placement supervisors are given some flexibility to design the 24-week program calendar. For example, some Corps members work during winter break while others do not. Most students will end placements in April.
Are students paid?
Students are paid $12 per hour.
Are there any costs to partners?
For the 2014-2015 year, partners will not be responsible for paying students. However, partners must cover the costs of any supplemental background check procedures (e.g., finger prints).
What are the meeting and reporting requirements for supervisors?
Supervisors are asked to:
What are the supervision requirements?
Partners are asked to identify dedicated staff members who will provide adequate supervision, including:
Are partners allowed to interview students before they are placed?
The CUNY Service Corps program matches trained students to community partners. Partners will have the opportunity to meet students before placements begin and express preferences to CUNY Service Corps staff regarding potential matches. In the first year, over 90% of initial placements were a “mutual match.” However, the CUNY Service Corps cannot guarantee that partners will receive the all of the students they request.
What type of support do supervisors receive from CUNY?
CUNY Service Corps provides the following to partners:
What types of projects are most successful?
The ideal placement for CUNY Service Corps members offers:
Please contact CSCPartner@cuny.edu or call Ofronama Biu, CUNY Service Corps Partnership Development and Engagement Specialist, at 646-664-8063.
2014-2015 Partner Application and Contact Information
Please visit the link below to access the 2014-2015 Community Partner Application. The application will be open from February 10, 2014, to March 21, 2014.
Please note that you must register as an employer first. You will then receive log-in information to enter each placement description.
Questions? Please contact CSCPartner@cuny.edu or call Ofronama Biu, CUNY Service Corps Partnership Development and Engagement Specialist, at 646-664-8063.