SUNY Students Encouraged To Apply Here for 500 Paid Civic and Service Internships

In a move to foster civic responsibility and community service among its student body, SUNY is launching the Empire State Service Corps Program. This initiative, led by Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado, expands paid civic and service opportunities for SUNY students.

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Leadership in Youth Empowerment

The Empire State Service Corps Program is a priority initiative as part of the 2024 State of the State agenda. It emphasizes engaging young people in public service for personal growth and the welfare of New York State.

Expanding Opportunities Across SUNY

The program will create 500 new service positions across SUNY's 64 colleges and universities, funded by a $2.75 million allocation in the FY25 Enacted Budget. These positions aim to enrich student experiences through meaningful community involvement.

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Focus Areas and Opportunities

Students will dedicate at least 300 hours annually to service areas, including:

  • K-12 Tutoring: Helping local school districts recover from pandemic learning disruptions.
  • SNAP and Basic Need Outreach: Supporting SNAP outreach and campus food pantries.
  • Peer Mental Health: Training as peer counselors on select campuses.
  • Sustainability: Engaging in environmental initiatives like recycling and tree planting.
  • Anti-Hate and Bias Prevention: Working with nonprofits to combat bias in communities.
  • Civic Engagement: Promoting nonpartisan voter outreach and civic education.
  • FAFSA Completion: Assisting local high school students with financial aid applications.

 About SUNY

The State University of New York (SUNY) is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the U.S., comprising 64 colleges and universities. With a robust commitment to research, community outreach, and student success, SUNY continues to shape educational opportunities and foster civic engagement across New York State.

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Launching the Empire State Service Corps demonstrates SUNY's dedication to preparing future leaders who make a positive impact through service and civic leadership. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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