Graduate students often focus their efforts on the immediate campus community, but contributing to broader communities in the Bay Area or elsewhere can be a valuable way to demonstrate your competencies in leadership and collaboration in non-academic environments.

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, collaboration, and leadership. Berkeley’s students have a long history of engagement with local communities, as scholars and as citizens. For example, you may consider teaching at Mount Tamalpais College, which offers higher education to people incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, or help 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, collaboration, and professional skills. To learn more about public service opportunities for graduate students, read this GradNews article “Public Service Opportunities for Graduate Students” (2022).