Connect with the Community through HSU Service Learning and Academic Internship courses!

Service Learning and Academic Internship are unique and exciting ways to bring your education into action. Both Service Learning and Academic Internship courses will give you the extra, hands-on experience to prepare you for the next steps in your journey through higher education. By getting involved in this type of course work, you have the potential to positively impact our communite and explore and learn more about fileds that interest you. 

So, why get involved?

Not only does serving give you hands-on experience and exploration in future career paths, it offers additional options for deeper learning experiences via community involvement, along with the potential to be inspired!

  • Grow your understanding of diverse cultures and communities
  • Learn more about social and environmental issues and their root causes 
  • Explore your values and beliefs
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Improve your ability to handle ambiguity and be open to change; become more flexible
  • Develop or enhance your skills, especially in the ares of communication, collaboration, and leadership 
  • Test out your skills, interests, and values in a potential career path, or learn more about a field that interests you
  • Connect with professionals, mentors, and community members
  • Grow a professional network of people for future potential jobs or internships
  • Satisfy your urge toward public service or civic participation

Getting involved the community also fosters a deeper connection and relationship to our community. This type of student, faculty and community engagement creates a space for everyone to grow in their understanding of diverse cultures and communities. Together we can design our communities' values and beliefs in ways that are welcoming and inclusive to everyone.

How do I find these courses - where do I begin?

Courses offering can found in these pages: Service Learning and Academic Internship or in the HSU Course Catalogue and online Class Schedule

Most Service Learning classes can be identified by the "S" after the course number (i.e., SOC 201S - Social Issues and Action) with some newly piloting Service Learning courses not yet identified by the "S."

Academic Internship classes have the word "Internship" in the title, with the course number 482, 582, or 682 (i.e., Art 482 - Museum & Gallery Practices Internship). 

Be sure to check on your major requirements, visit academic department, and consult with your faculty or academic advisor to find the right course and community opportunities for you!


  • 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 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.