Service in Undergraduate Education

Students at Stop Hunger Now 2013


As a home for service at Stanford, the Haas Center for Public Service inspires and prepares students to create a more just and sustainable world through service, scholarship, and community partnerships. You can participate in transformative service trips, leadership development courses and workshops, and signature education programs rooted in enduring community partnerships and cutting-edge research. Guided by the Center’s Principles of Ethical and Effective Service, students engage in service across diverse pathways— direct service, engaged scholarship, activism, philanthropy, public policy, and social entrepreneurship.


Students can participate in community-engaged learning (service-learning) courses across disciplines that blend community experiences, examination of public issues, and exploration of civic identities. Taught by renowned faculty, these innovative classes integrate rigorous coursework with real-world experience, offering students a unique chance to address complex social problems and timely issues.


Students support more than 100 service groups on campus, lead Alternative Spring Break courses and trips, and work toward educational equity as mentors and tutors to local youth, among other activities. Through sustained commitments, students develop the knowledge, skills, and adaptive leadership practices to catalyze and sustain positive social impact.


Through fellowships, internships, and the Community Service Work-Study program, Stanford offers need-blind advising and support for students to engage in quarter-long, full-time service at the local, national and global levels.


A Stanford education prepares students to be leaders and innovators adept at working across the private, nonprofit, government, and philanthropic sectors to create positive change. Stanford offers support to explore multiple career options and make service part of your career regardless of sector.

Stanford Report Article, September 14, 2015

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