March 5, 2013 | News
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. Only students who are working toward a degree at a participating CUNY college (those colleges will be announced in early April) are eligible to apply for the fall 2013 program.
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 a limited group of CUNY colleges. Those colleges are being chosen now and will be announced in early April.
- Students must apply online to participate in the CUNY Service Corps. Applications will open this spring and close on June 1, 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 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.
To be eligible for the CUNY Service Corps, students must:
- Be working toward a degree at a participating CUNY college (those colleges will be announced in early April)
- 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
- Have earned at least 24 college credits
- Have addressed any remedial education needs prior to beginning fall 2013 classes
To be seriously considered for the CUNY Service Corps, students should demonstrate that they:
- Are interested in being 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
Potential student projects might include the following:
- Providing public health education to youth organizations 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 develop business and marketing plans