Special Programs and Remote Service Resources

Under the current circumstances in the COVID-19 pandemic, there can be no face-to-face, in-person, or on-site Service or Internships.  Faculty who are currently teaching Service Learning and Academic Internship courses can provide Alternative Assignments or shift service to virtual/remote formats to help students complete their service or practical experience remotely.  Faculty, please work with your community partner to find the best fit. The Center for Community Based Learning staff will meet virtually to help develop ideas as well. Please email ccbl@humboldt.edu for assistance. 
As a result - CCBL has worked closely with partners across the campus and throughout the community to build two large-scale, virtual programs to help provide internship and service opportunities for our students and to continue valuable service to the community.  Please check out these programs:
To adjust for no in-person placements, alternative assignments can integrate research around areas of interest to their former internship or professional goals. The following are a few alternatives: 


Research, Needs Assessments, Lit Reviews  
  • A research project related to issues relevant to the area of service and your previous community partner
  • Conduct informational interviews of a small number of professionals in your field of interest and write a summary paper (be mindful about availability in these times)
  • General Case Studies and/or Case Studies about the affect of COVID-19 on Community Partner Organizations 
  • Design a mock-continuity plan for a nonprofit or business of choice
  • Conduct a mock needs assessment or SWOT analysis for an nonprofit organzation, goverment office or business
  • Simple research paper requiring use of scholarly and public sources and integrating personal reflection (scale to fit the size of original project) 
  • ideaFest will likely be offering a virtual symposium, consider including it as part of your final project
Deep Reflection Activities
Video presentions
  • Have students conduct research on organizations or issues in the community and create a video presentation of their research
  • Students can create a video journal of their time during the COVID-19 response and shelter-in-place
  • Students can create informative videos about resources for one another and post to a youtube channel
  • Reflection videos about the service students completed before the shelter-in-place orders
  • Students can create videos giving advice to future interns, majors, or Service Learning students
  • The Library offer a number of Online SkillShops related to making videos
Building training manuals for future students
  • Students can help make orientation materials for future class iterations
  • Students can make guides for getting started with their original agency
  • Build internship/service manuals for future students 
Career exploration and professionalization
Virtual Community Connections and Volunteering 
Shifting service to an online format with your community partners:
In some cases, some classes have been able to work with their community partners and shift their service projects to an entirely tele-commute, virtual environment.  Here are some ideas for those:
  • conducting project-based or indirect activities to meet community priorities and course requirements;
  • conducting background research or gathering best practices or other information requested the partner(s);
  • taping, recording, or streaming performances or workshops to benefit community partner(s);
  • creating digital and other social media content, print program materials, or other methods for information-sharing;
  • undertaking assessment, evaluation, or feedback via phone or web-based services;
  • offering (or compiling, researching, or brainstorming) strategies that provide indirect support from volunteers as a result of coronavirus;
  • conducting virtual or phone-based educational supports for youth and adults.
  • please check out this list of reflection and assignment ideas generated by Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Experiential Learning about integrating COVID-19 concerns in your service reflections. 



  • Redwood Roots Digital Magazine Call for Submissions – Help us celebrate community engagement at HSU and get published in Redwood Roots Magazine. Submissions are due September 25, 2020 to ccbl@humboldt.edu
  • CCBL Introduction Video – Check out just a little of what we do!
  • The Urgency and Relevance of Community Engagement – This statement from California Campus Compact articulates the value of community and civic engagement and Service Learning centers.
  • REDWOOD ROOTS – We are pleased to announce the inaugural edition of Humboldt State University’s Redwood Roots digital magazine.
  • Virtual Chats for Students – CCBL’s Student Support Coordinator, Kelly Fortner, is available via Zoom for informal chats. Ask questions, share ideas, and get expert advice about community-based learning in our changing world.