Application Now Closed
Applications for the 2023-24 academic year are now closed.
- acceptance letters will be sent out on May 12th
- deadline to choose top three sites - May 24th
- deadline for final acceptances with host site name - end of June
Open to students from Sacramento City College, Sacramento State, UC Davis, and Woodland Community College. For more information, attend an information session or event.
Questions? Email the Sacramento Valley College Corps
For more details about the application process, take a look at our FAQ section.
UC Davis is proud to be among the selected 45 campuses statewide for the inaugural #CaliforniansForAll College Corps program. UC Davis, along with Sacramento State University, Sacramento City College and Woodland Community College form the regional Sacramento Valley College Corps, or SVCC.
Led by the California Volunteers, Office of the Governor, the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps initiative has three goals:
- engage college students in meaningful service to build leadership and civic responsibility;
- promote academic success and economic well being with students from diverse backgrounds; and
- to support the work of community-based organizations in key local priorities: K-12 Education, Climate Action, Food Insecurity.
About College Corps
As a College Corps Fellow, you will serve 450 hours in an area of K-12 Education, Food Insecurity, or Climate Action over the course of the 2023-2024 academic year (September 2023-June 2024). This roughly equates to 15 hours a week.
As a College Corps fellow you'll receive:
- Up to $7,000 living stipend (throughout term of service or up to $700/month) + $3,000 Education Award upon completion of 450 service hours.
- Real-world job experience and skills to add to your resume.
- Access to training, networking, and professional development opportunities.
- Connections with fellows across the state via virtual platform and regional events.
- An academic course (1 unit per quarter) designed to support your professional learning throughout the experience.
- A sense of community and accomplishment in working toward the common goals of improving our community.
Students selected should meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Qualifies for a Federal Pell Grant
- Qualifies for a State Cal Grant or Middle Class Scholarship
- Needs to work part time and/or borrow student loans to meet their educational costs
- Is an AB540-eligible student with a California Dream Act application on file (no work authorization required)
Additionally, Fellows are require to:
- Be a full-time, enrolled undergraduate student at UC Davis
- No minimum GPA, but must be in academic good standing (not on academic probation)
- Commit to the program for the full 450 hours during the academic year
Fellows will work with K-12 schools, food banks/pantries, or climate action organizations to build healthier and more equitable communities across California. They will do this in a variety of ways:
- K-12 Education: Serve as a tutor to K-12 students at local schools and/or organizations that provide tutoring services.
- Food Insecurity: Serve at food banks, food distribution centers, or centers providing access to community members facing food insecurity.
- Climate Action: Serve with local organizations that are focused on positive environmental change.
The College Corps staff will do their best to match accepted fellows with their top field choice, however, it is not guaranteed.
Kick Off Event and News
Learn more about climate action, education and food security through keynote speakers and find out how you can make an impact in the region in a service internship while being paid. Meet some of the host sites and find out about specific positions and opportunities.
- October 11, 2022 - In Another Class: College Corps Expands Service Learning for Students - UC Davis senior Lizette Luis, standing, leads a reading group at North Davis Elementary School in Davis. She is one of about 180 UC Davis students serving yearlong paid internships at schools and community organizations through the new #Californians4All College Corps program.
- October 7, 2022 - See Gov. Gavin Newsom swear in California's first College Corps fellows - UC Davis fellows attended the College Corps Swear In Ceremony in Sacramento.
- October 7, 2022 - For Many Undocumented Students, Jobs Can Be Hard to Find. This State Program Could Help | KQED
Yusbely Delgado Medrano, a UC Davis College Corps fellow, speaks during a swearing-in ceremony for the fellows in Sacramento.
- April 7, 2022 -
- Lynn Fowler, Interim Director of Sacramento Valley College Corps Program
- Dr. Pablo Reguerin, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at UC Davis, discusses the importance of College Corps
- Josh Fryday, Chief Service Officer at California Volunteers, talks about this innovative program designed to curb student debt while helping Californians
- Dr. Vajra Watson of CSU Sacramento, provides a vibrant speech on the importance of educational equity
- Zane Hatfield and Natalie McDonald speak of providing food to the needy of Yolo County, including UC Davis
- Jaime Lemus of the Sac. Metro Air Quality District speaks of climate change and the need for climate action
- A panel of potential partner sites discuss what service at their sites might look like
College Corps FAQ
What is a fellow and what is a fellowship?
Selected undergraduate students will be referred to as College Corps fellows throughout the duration of the program.
The fellowship refers to the year-long commitment and service completed with an external community partner. As a College Corps fellow, you will be assigned an external community partner to work with and complete a majority of the 450 hours of service with this community host site.
- Complete the application by April 21, 2023, midnight. The application will include some short answer questions.
- Open to students from Sacramento City College, Sacramento State, UC Davis, and Woodland Community College.
- Once you start this application you cannot save and come back later. Please be prepared to complete your application in one sitting. Any started applications that have not been submitted will automatically submit after one week.
- There are three short answer questions to consider in advance:
- Why do you want to be a Sacramento College Corps fellow?
- How would participating in the program help you achieve your personal or professional goals?
- Being dependable, flexible, and empathetic are important qualities to be a successful College Corps fellow. Tell us about a time when you showed those qualities.
- Students awarded a fellowship position will be notified via email.
- Students who accept the fellowship program will be required to attend an information session and asked to complete additional materials, such as resumes, to share with the host sites along with additional agreements. A background check will be conducted prior to final acceptance into the fellowship.
- Students who accept the fellowship must enroll in a 1-unit class each quarter of the 23-24 academic year, focused on community service, leadership, professional development and civic engagement.
- Will this impact my financial aid?
- It is most likely that this program will be considered Financial Aid for the 2023-24 academic year. Each student's financial aid package is different. We encourage you to connect with Financial Aid if you have questions about how this program will impact your specific situation.
- When will I hear about selection if I am a UCD student?
- Thank you for your patience as we read your applications and match with host sites. You will be notified via email. Each student will be notified with an acceptance letter, an alternate letter, or a decline letter. Please know that whatever your status is, we are here to help support you in finding your next career development and/or service opportunity. We anticipate these letters going out at the end of April. If you are accepted, you will then be asked to select three potential host sites by the beginning of May.
- Are first-year students eligible to apply?
- Yes, incoming first year students can apply once you have enrolled.
- Can current College Corps fellows reapply to serve a second term?
- Yes. College Corps fellows can reapply.
- Is there a separate application for College Corps returners?
- No. All students complete the same application. However, some questions are only applicable to returners. For example, listing the number of hours served when the application is submitted and uploading a plan about how the 450 hours will be completed by the end of the academic year.
- Is the application deadline the same for College Corps returners?
- Yes. The application closes on the same date for everyone.
- Are College Corps returners required to attend an informational session?
- Yes. All students must attend one informational session to be eligible for the fellowship.
- How does transportation to host sites work?
- Please be sure, in the application, to share any transportation needs you have and to indicate how far you can travel and whether you have transportation. We are working hard to ensure placements that are within a reasonable distance and we understand that now every fellow has access to personal transportation. Don’t let transportation be a deterrent to applying.