Voter registration.
Assistance for immigrants.
Mentorship of low-income children.

Fulfilling a long-standing University mission, students embrace a multitude of public service opportunities. In fact, service has been embedded in CUNY’s DNA since its founding in 1847, and a commitment to giving back to the city in return for a high-quality, affordable college education is part of CUNY Value today. City College graduates recite an oath “to transmit this city … greater, better, and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.” Queens College’s motto is “Discimus ut Serviamus: We learn so that we may serve.” Through the CUNY Service Corps and other opportunities at every college, students are offered valuable service options with nonprofits and government agencies. Since 2013, the CUNY Service Corps has placed 2,400 college students in transformative paid internships with organizations and agencies such as the Federal Reserve Bank, Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, City Harvest and CUNY Citizenship Now! Students also volunteer for voter registration and disaster relief drives, among many other causes important to New York, its neighborhoods and its residents.



A passion for public service drives New Hampshire native Jake Levin (Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College ’16), and New York City and CUNY have given the political science and philosophy major ample opportunities to serve. He focused on veterans’ affairs during a yearlong internship with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, interned with the Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs and volunteered with the city’s Department of Emergency Management. Levin also created TEDxCUNY, which debuted at Macaulay Honors College in 2014 as the official CUNY campus licensee of the engaging TED Conferences.


2015 Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which awards up to $30,000 to college juniors and seniors for graduate study leading to public service careers.


Attend graduate school for law or public policy, and work in politics, government and social advocacy to make a difference for groups like veterans and the homeless.