There are three programs that make up Project Connect. The Recruitment and Retention Resource Center’s Internship program is designed to empower San Francisco State University students by developing professional and leadership growth through their student involvement. As mentors, role models and activists, students will impact under represented communities. The Internship program offers SFSU students an opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge with other students through mentoring and group activities. It allows students the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the various campus retention and recruitment services available.
The ASI Project Connect Internship program offers SFSU students the opportunity to earn university credit for their community service hours provided on/off campus as mentors and service referral providers. SFSU students must sign up for the ETHS 697 class offered for Project Connect. Student may also be registered through Community Service Learning (CSL) program in the College of Ethnic Studies or the Community Involvement Center (CIC) on campus. ASI Project Connect will serve as an agency for these students to volunteer their time.
The objective of the ASI Project Connect Internship program is to develop professional leadership skills and to connect students with existing SFSU recruitment and retention programs. Interns will contribute and will make a difference in recruitment and retention efforts of the center and the university.
Interns in the Retention department will become familiar with retention services and resources available on campus such us financial aid, advising and tutoring services, university graduation requirements and general information about SFSU. Interns in this department will help with the following events and programs: Information Fair/Festival, Mixers, Peer Mentorship Program, Resource Center, Book Loan Program, Referral Program, and AS Scholarships & Awards Ceremony.
The purpose of the fair is to provide opportunities for students to connect with programs and services available on campus. It serves as a Welcoming Day for new and returning students. It offers the opportunity to connect directly with University programs, AS programs and student organizations. Students are encouraged to enter our Connect 4 Drawing by connecting with all participating groups in the Information Fair. This event is an avenue to promote the Book Loan Service among new incoming students and also to recruit new interns for the semester. AS Project Connect provides entertainment and makes proper tabling reservations for all entities that choose to join the Information Fair. This is an annual outdoor event scheduled for the fall semester and followed up by student mixers and Open House.
This annual event is for students to find out what AS Project Connect is all about. It also allows the opportunity to find out more about the up and coming events and the application process for the scholarships, book loan and internship programs. Student mentors have the opportunity to interact with the campus and introduce themselves. The Advisory Council and AS Board of Directors play a role in this event as hosts and facilitators. Our first open house event, in spring 2006 served as an inauguration and a celebration of the unity of the AS Board of Directors, SCGB, student organizations, university programs and community members that work with center’s staff.
The purpose of a mixer is to give students an opportunity to network with peer mentors, university faculty and supporting programs staff in a social setting. The goal is to implement and foster a strong academic network at SFSU. There is a social aspect of the mixer which provides a space for students to relax and interact with each other. The University faculty and staff are encouraged to attend, as well as student groups and class groups. Project Connect provides food, drinks, and entertainment for this event. This indoor event serves as a follow up to the Informational Fair scheduled in the fall semester. This event also features a Connect 4 Drawing which provides $350 for books as first prize.
Interns in the recruitment department will learn outreach skills and how to navigate the bureaucracy within the public school system. Interns will serve as mentors, role models and tour guides to students visiting our campus. Interns in this department will help with the following events and programs:High Schools Outreach, Middle Schools Outreach, Elementary Schools Outreach, Community College Outreach, “Yes You Can” Student Panels, and College Interviews & Campus Tours.
Project Connect Outreach Department exists to empower the student body in promoting access to and awareness of higher education or low-income and underrepresented elementary through community college students. We provide free college awareness days for partnering elementary, middle, high school and community college students and their parents as well as provide other outreach services to schools during the year.
The Early College Outreach Program exists to begin early awareness of higher education for students in historically underrepresented communities in San Francisco. The program targets youth at an early stage in their academic career and is essential for educational development. This program consists of two annual events:
In collaboration with various SFSU programs, teachers, parents and community partners, students are invited to SFSU to participate in these annual events each spring semester. Events consist of a series of age-appropriate and interactive workshops designed for the students, activities and lunch. The workshops for elementary students have a focus on self exploration and expression through arts and crafts and for middle school students an academic focus.
Prior to attending the program, SFSU students visit the school sites and facilitate workshops where students fill out a mock college application and also receive an acceptance letter.
The purpose of this program is to motivate and support students in pursuing and completing a higher education. The outreach program brings awareness to the fact that low-income and students of color are underrepresented in college and that in order to have equitable access to higher education, students need equitable support in K-14 education. This program also consists of two annual events:
Students in partnering schools from around the SF Bay Area are invited to come to SFSU and explore the university and campus life and have the opportunity to network with faculty, students and staff. These events take place in the fall semester and consist of academic, cultural and career oriented workshops.
The office of Financial Aid, Student Outreach Services, EOP and faculty and students facilitate the workshops. Outreach mentors present testimonials at student panel presentations, student life workshops and campus tours. AS Project Connect provides lunch and entertainment for both events. Overall, this program strives to connect high school and community college students with SFSU.
Interns will be expected to attend workshops/training sessions on: cultural sensitivity, public speaking skills, presentations etc. Interns will be given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills by planning, evaluating, team building, strategizing, etc.
Interns will serve as community organizers and they will have the opportunity to work with the community on campus and off campus. As community organizers they will do outreach activities, organize presentations, workshops and events. They will also be responsible for making phone calls, preparing banners and material needed for outreach presentations and events. Students will help promote the RRC and SFSU services by being involved and informed.
In general all interns must attend developmental workshops and training sessions, participate during meetings and events, off campus outreach presentations, office duties and other related duties may be assigned as needed.
As a reward for all services provided, all interns and volunteers will be invited to attend the Annual Recognition Awards Banquet. This Banquet is a special event organized by the staff of the center in recognition of all work provided by interns/volunteers & student organizations.
Students interested in becoming interns must be registered student at SFSU with a preferred minimum GPA of 2.5. Students must complete an ASI Project Connect application each semester and sign up as interns or volunteers and commit a set amount of hours to contribute to the center’s mission and goals established by its staff. If you would like to inquire more about the different options to earn university credit for this internship please contact the ASPC Director.
Students are limited to borrow up to 2 books per semester. Students can only borrow books that are on-hand in the AS Project Connect Book Loan Inventory.
In order to participate in the ASPC Book Loan Service, students must meet the following guidelines:
The following represents the policies students agree to participate in the Associated Students Project Connect Book Loan Service at San Francisco State University.
Please follow the directions to help avoid delays. Have your application completed and attach all the required documents. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
* These items can be obtained and printed online at https://www.sfsu.edu/online/login.htm