Programs Beyond SJSU

Local, national, or international programs offer unique opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. These programs provide a meaningful transition to professional work, particularly in these economic times. Participation in these organizations offer broad networking and may offer professional career opportunities. National Service programs may offer living stipends and educational awards.

Local Programs in Silicon Valley

Student Opportunity for Civic Engagement

On November 18-22th(times listed below) , Spartans for a First Class City and Step Up Silicon Valley will conduct a telephone poll at SJSU's Applied Research Center (right next to the Smith/Carlos statues). During this time particpants will be calling 500-plus registered voters to find out the level of support to modernize the business tax so that San Jose has the necessary funds to make it a first-class city, with the finest roads and public infrastructure, best community services, and safest neighborhoods. If you would like to volunteer please email with the the day and time you would like to help.
Available Volunteering times
Wednesday, Novermber 18th: 5:30 - 6:30 pm, and 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Thursday, November 19th: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Friday, November 20th:  5:30 - 6:30 pm, and 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Saturday. November 21st: 12:00 - 2:00 pm, 2:00 -4:00 pm, and 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Sunday. November 22nd: 12:00 - 2:00 pm, 2:00 -4:00 pm, and 4:00 - 6:00 pm

CA Conservation Corps

California Conservation Corps is one of the oldest, largest & longest working conservation corps in the world which works on a mission to protect and restore California's environment and responding to disasters, making stronger workers, citizens and individuals through their service.

Step Up Silicon Valley

The Campaign to Cut Poverty in Santa Clara County is a community-based initiative that includes community-based organizations, the public sector, faith communities and businesses. In response to the growing social and moral crisis of poverty, Catholic Charities USA launched this campaign in 2007 to reduce poverty by 50% by the year 2020. Focus areas are: food, housing, health, education and income/employment.


Veggielution is an urban project carried out by a nonprofit organization “Veggielution Community Farm” that has mission to empower youth and adults from diverse backgrounds to create a sustainable food system in San Jose.

National Service Programs

Learn & Serve AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in one's life by giving chances to apply one's skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups.

AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) provides full-time members to nonprofit, faith-based and other community organizations, and public agencies to create and expand programs that bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. 

AmeriCorps NCCC

AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, team-based, residential program for men and women which working on a mission to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct team-based national and community service. In partnership with nonprofit organizations, state and local agencies, and faith-based and other community groups, members complete service projects in all 50 states and some U.S. territories.

Learn & Serve America

Learn and Serve America supports and encourages service-learning throughout the United States, and enables over one million students to make meaningful contributions to their community while building their academic and civic skills. By engaging nation's young people in service-learning, Learn and Serve America provides direct and indirect support to K-12 schools, community groups and higher education institutions to facilitate service-learning projects.

Peace Corps

Established by John F. Kennedy Peace Corps Helps the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, promotes a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served & other peoples on the part of Americans. 

Public Allies 

Public Allies, a national movement grounded in the conviction that everyone leads, has a mission to advance new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation. Public Allies is changing the face and practice of leadership in communities across the country by demonstrating conviction that everyone can lead. 

Senior Corps

Senior Corps connects today's aged people (55 years and more) with the people and organizations that need them most by helping them becoming mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations.

DC Internships

For students interested in careers in the nonprofit sector, direct service and fundraising. The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Services is offering the chance for students to spend either 4 or 8 weeks taking action and getting hands on learning in the nation's capital. The program contains the following features: an Internship, classes, housing, leadership & Professional Development, and Community Involvement. 
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Students who apply by Dec 10th, 2015 will recieve a 5% tuition discount.