Cornell University's Public Service Center is a service organization connecting Cornell students, faculty, and alumni with community organizations. Our mission is to champion the conviction that the Cornell University experience confirms service as essential to active citizenship.

Incoming Freshman

We hope you consider applying to POST, the Public Service Center's Pre-Orientation Service Trip. Check out the CPOP (Cornell Pre-Orientation Program) video and details about POST. 

In the News

Engaged Cornell Speaker Series explores indigenous research approaches  All talks are 12-1:30pm at Mann 102. Light lunch is provided. Spring 2015 Theme: Indigenous Approaches to Research. WATCH THE VIDEO! Karim-Aly Kassam's talk.

Students can learn anything at Splash Event! Hundreds of area middle and high school students are anticipated for Splash! at Cornell on Saturday, April 18, a day packed with classes across campus on virtually any topic.

Showcase honors student engagement

Amy Somchanhmavong, PSC Assoc. Dir. receives award for service Amy Somchanhmavong, MILR ’02, was recognized as a “distinguished volunteer in Tompkins County” and received the 21st annual Anne Tompkins Jones Awards for Community Service March 19.  Also read the article in Pawprints

My Favorite Cornellian Public Service Center's own, Joyce Muchan is mentioned.


To view more events, go to the University Events Calendar and enter Public Service Center in the search bar.


Check out one-time, local opportunities on the HOTLIST. Explore over 30 student programs for more in-depth volunteer opportunities. 


Upcoming Award Deadlines
Don't miss an opportunity to apply for an award. Award application deadlines.


Susan Murphy talks about engagement at Cornell at th 3rd annual Community Engagement Showcase. "Its about doing work wiht the community, and the community doing work with us." read more in the Sun article.  Community Engagement Showcase

Basil Safi named Executive Director of Engaged Cornell

Basil Safi headshot

Basil Safi, team leader at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs and director of field programs for its Knowledge for Health Project, has been named executive director of the Engaged Cornell initiative, Vice Provost Judith Appleton announced March 26, 2015.


Get Involved

With over 30 student programs, you can get involved locally and nationally. Participate in one of our leadership programs to build your leadership skills. Work with children in one of the PreK-12 Outreach Programs.

Need help finding the right fit?
Meet with a student Center Program Specialist (CPS) to help guide you through the various opportunities within the community and the Public Service Center. Email cupsc@cornell.edu to make an appointment.

Get a Job

The Community Work-Study Program helps students who have a Federal Work-Study award work off campus with over 50 local non-profits in day care, education, health services, legal services, environmental issues, urban planning, public works, the arts and more. Do valuable community service and get paid! Current PSC job listing