Steps You Can Take Explore Community Engagement or Public Scholarship and Teaching Opportunities Community-engaged scholarship and public service are recognized as valuable parts of professional practice and leadership. Berkeley’s students have a long history of engagement with local communities, as scholars and as citizens. Many graduate students are involved with outreach to schools, teach in the San Quentin Prison Teaching Project, or have helped integrate community-based participatory learning activities into courses. Bringing your scholarship and teaching to bear on issues of local concern helps you develop valuable leadership, communication, and professional skills. Contribute to Student Groups Berkeley’s engaged student body offers myriad opportunities to work with and lead teams that carry out projects beyond individual academic research. Getting involved with student-run organizations or student government is a great way to develop and showcase leadership and communication skills, demonstrate an interest in campus affairs, and network with fellow students, faculty, and staff.