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Last Updated Jan 2020

Academic Credit for JusticeCorps Service


Some partner universities offer field-study courses or internship classes, providing members an opportunity to receive academic credit for their JusticeCorps service. The information and list provided below is not comprehensive and is for example purposes only. Therefore, members interested in academic credit opportunities should reach out to their department coordinators and academic advisers to confirm eligibility, prerequisites and requirements. Please also note that not all courses are offered every semester.

California State University, East Bay

On campus, the Center for Community Engagement identify courses with community-based activities/assignments that have community impact, and student learning outcomes related to social responsibility, social justice, and civic learning. Please email if you have any questions regarding community engagement or service learning courses.

Criminal Justice 415: “Internship in Criminal Justice”; Informed practical experience in a department-approved criminal justice agency (public or private). Academic assignments integrated with volunteer or paid activities. Students take the course for 3 units and are graded on an A-F scale.

San Francisco State University

Our partner on campus, the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE), are a great resource for information on academic credit at SF State. They publish a list of classes that have offered a Community Service Learning option, however interested students should first reach out to our ICCE to confirm requirements and information.

Criminal Justice 680: Students take the course for 4 units and are required to serve eight hours a week for the duration of the semester. Students must have upper-division standing (junior or senior) to enroll in the course. Students write a 15-20 page paper at the end of the semester and have several class meetings throughout the year. Students are graded on an A-F scale. 

San Jose State University

Student members should reach out to their department's internship coordinator for additional information regarding opportunities for course credit.


Justice Studies 181: Students take the course for 4 units. Students commit to complete 120 hours per semester and have 3 in-person meetings with their faculty advisor. Students must keep “field notes” and write a final paper. Students are graded on a A-F scale.

Political Science 181: Students enrolled in the Political Science 181 "Internships" course complete 135 hours at their internship placements, meet regularly with the director, and engage other students enrolled in the seminar-style class. As participant observers in their internship, students write a final paper that connects what they've witnessed and experienced to broader theories of politics and policymaking.

UC Berkeley

It may be possible to get academic credit for your internship from your department (see detailed list of internship classes). Often the internship must relate directly to your major and will require you to complete a substantial research project or writing component as part of special studies course. To pursue academic credit with an individual department at Berkeley, it's recommended that students review the catalog to explore their options and contact the relevant academic department(s). Courses numbered 97, 98, 99, 194, 196, 197, 198, 199 are all possible sources of units for activities other than regular class work in which a student engages in an experience that enhances academic learning. 97/197 are the most common. These courses are referred to as Field Study, Group Study, or Independent Study. If the department doesn't have any options, students should check with one that's related to the internship. Most departments do not require you to be majoring with them to enroll, but some do. When contacting the department or advising office, students should request for the appropriate contact; often it will be the academic advisor. Inquire about how it works in that department and what your next steps should be (make an appointment, pick up paperwork, find a faculty sponsor, etc.) If you need a faculty sponsor, the department can help supoport the next steps or the best way to find one. 

Ethnic Studies 197: Students can take the course for 1-3 units, with each unit representing 45 hours of service. Students enrolled in ES 197 must fulfill their hours requirements, write a final 5-7 page paper at the end of the semester that answers the following prompt: “The paper should be an honest, well-thought-out reflection of your volunteer/internship experience this semester. Please provide a brief description of JusticeCorps and the work you performed but more importantly write about what you learned from this experience, how it related to your field of study, contributed to personal growth, and related to future career goals.” Students also consent to having their midterm and/or final evaluations sent to the course coordinator. There are no formal meeting times for ES 197 and the class is pass/no pass. Typically we have 13-17 Berkeley students who get course credit for their service per semester.

Campus-Based Scholarships and Stipend Opportunities for Public Service

Stanford - Public Service Scholars Program

California State University, East Bay - Pioneer Academic Internship Program

UC Berkeley - Peter E. Haas Public Service Leaders

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