CUNY Students

Thank you for your interest in the CUNY Service Corps. The newly-created Service Corps will give students like you the chance to play a role in improving New York City’s future — while gaining real-work experience and getting paid. As a Service Corps student, you will become a member of a prestigious University community practicing service and building skills.  You will have the opportunity to participate in interesting projects, which could potentially include the following:

  • Providing public health education to youth and community groups
  • Conducting needs assessments in communities across the city
  • Working with local building owners to implement plans for improving energy efficiency
  • Helping plan the restoration and maintenance of wetlands
  • Conducting neighborhood housing inventories and environmental assessments
  • Tutoring middle and high school students to help them prepare for college
  • Mentoring adult students learning English or preparing to take a High School Equivalency exam
  • Assisting Hurricane Sandy storm victims to file insurance claims
  • Helping entrepreneurs to develop business and marketing plans

Important Program Facts

  • The CUNY Service Corps will launch in the fall of 2013 with up to 1,000 students.
  • This year’s program will launch at the following CUNY colleges: Borough of Manhattan Community College, College of Staten Island, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Kingsborough Community College, Lehman College, New York City College of Technology, Queens College.
  • Students must apply online to participate in the CUNY Service Corps. Applications will open this spring and close on June 8, 2013. Finalists will be interviewed in June and July, and students who are accepted into the Service Corps will be notified in July or August.
  • All Service Corps members will undergo a training program before their placements begin, most likely in September.
  • Most Service Corps placements will last twenty-four weeks over two semesters; students will work an average of 12 hours per week and be paid $12-15 per hour.

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for the CUNY Service Corps, students must:

  • Be working toward a degree at one of the participating CUNY colleges: Borough of Manhattan Community College, College of Staten Island, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Kingsborough Community College, Lehman College, New York City College of Technology, Queens College.
  • Be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits) in the current semester and plan to enroll full-time next semester
  • Have a cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 2.5 or a fall 2012 Grade Point Average of at least 2.75
  • Have earned at least 24 college credits by the end of spring 2013
  • Have addressed any remedial education needs prior to beginning fall 2013 classes
Please note that individuals not currently able to work in the U.S. may apply for the Service Corps, but their participation in the program is subject to changes in federal immigration law.

In addition, the CUNY Service Corps is interested in applicants who demonstrate that they:

  • Want to be part of a special and important program that will make a difference in the lives of New Yorkers
  • Are interested in helping people, neighborhoods, and/or organizations
  • Have previous work experience in a job or as a volunteer or intern
  • Can balance work in the CUNY Service Corps with college studies
  • Show promise as a leader and a problem-solver
  • Are able to work as a member of a team

 

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