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Empire State Service Corps

If you have a desire to do good and make a difference, you can get hands-on experience and serve your community through paid internships in civic and public service with the Empire State Service Corps.

What is Empire State Service Corps?

Participating SUNY students engage in paid community service work for 300 hours over the course of a year. Assignments could include tutoring in high-need K-12 schools, taking climate action working with leading State agencies, disaster relief and mitigation after severe weather events, working as a student success coach with an organization, and support for regional food banks and SNAP outreach to address food insecurity.

These internships allow New York students to be paid for meaningful work that can provide lifelong skills as well as service to their community.

Students from the inaugural Empire State Service Corps cohort listen to a speaker.
"Through this initiative, we are providing paid service opportunities to SUNY students while doing the critical work of reconnecting our communities and grounding ourselves in our shared humanity. This is how we show up for one another and move our state forward."

― Lieutenant Gov. Antonio Delgado

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NYS Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado speaks with a student during the launch of the Empire State Service Corps.
"Through this initiative, we are providing paid service opportunities to SUNY students while doing the critical work of reconnecting our communities and grounding ourselves in our shared humanity. This is how we show up for one another and move our state forward."

― Lieutenant Gov. Antonio Delgado

How Does It Work?

The Empire State Service Corps will focus on different types of work on campus or in the community:

K-12 Tutoring:

Students will partner with local school districts for regular tutoring sessions to support recovery from pandemic-era learning loss.

SNAP and Basic Need Outreach:

Students will serve on-campus supporting students with SNAP outreach as well as basic needs support (including shifts at the campus food pantry)

Peer Mental Health:

Available on select campuses, students will be trained to serve as peer mental health counselors.

Sustainability:

Students will serve in campus roles, with local nonprofits and with state agencies, on sustainability work such as recycling campaigns, tree planting, pollinator gardens, sustainability outreach.

Anti-Hate and Bias Prevention:

Students will serve with local nonprofits focused on ending hate and bias in the community.

Civic Engagement:

Students will serve with local nonprofits on civic engagement, including nonpartisan voter outreach.

FAFSA Completion:

Students will serve in local communities and visit local high schools and work on campus to support students in completing the FAFSA.