Center for Community Engagement

Center for Community Engagement

Bringing Communities and the University Together

Community Engagement and COVID-19

More than 2,000 CSULB students are currently enrolled in academic internship and service learning classes that require students to complete a predetermined number of hours in community-based settings like child care centers,  hospitals, schools, and non-profit organizations—just to name a few.  CSULB’s priority during the COVID-19 pandemic is the health and safety of our students as well as of those with whom they are serving in the community. Below are resources for our intern and service learning students, internship and service learning faculty, and the community partners with whom they work and serve.

Student Resources

Our priority during the COVID-19 pandemic is student safety and health and we urge everyone to comply with the University and City of Long Beach guidelines.  As such, most internship and service learning courses have suspended all face-to-face community-based activities.

You may be wondering how all of this will affect the requirements in your service learning and internship courses.  Where possible, internship and service learning placements have been preserved by pivoting to remote assignments. Where that is not an option, many faculty have reduced the total hour requiremens for placement activities and have turned to alternative assignments that allow students to continue to hone professional skills, explore career options, network, reflect, and connect course material to applied experiences.

If you have questions about your internship or service learning placements you should contact your instructor.  If you need additional assistance, please let us know. We are here to help.

  • Service Learning questions should be directed to
  • Internship questions should be directed to Interim Dean for Student Success, Dr. Beth Manke at

Please note, the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Education have very clear, well-thought out, and articulated procedures for managing clinical placements and student teacher placements. Students in these colleges are urged to contact their instructors directly for more information.

Faculty Resources

 We continue to gather resources for faculty to move their face-to-face courses to alternative modes of instruction. Please check back soon!

Community Resources

We continue to gather resources for our community partners. Please check back soon.


Welcome to the Center for Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement engages the university and community in creating a just and civil society where every member functions as an agent of social change.

We enrich students’ educational experiences, providing opportunities to: 

  • Participate in community engagement initiatives that meet societal needs,
  • Apply academic instruction to service projects that address significant community issues,
  • Conduct action-oriented research that makes significant contributions to the community,
  • Enhance leadership skills.

What is Service-Learning?

Service learning is a method of teaching that combines classroom instruction with meaningful community service, giving students real-world learning experiences that enhance their academic learning while providing a tangible benefit for the community. This form of learning emphasizes critical thinking and personal reflection while encouraging a heightened sense of community, civic engagement, and personal responsibility.

Service-Learning Guidebook (PDF)  Download our Service-Learning Curriculum Development Guide for Faculty and Community Partners.