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Become an ACE

The position of Advocate for Community Engagement (ACE) is a paid student leadership opportunity. The Advocate for Community Engagement makes a one year commitment to work directly with a Bay Area nonprofit organization to facilitate service-learning experiences for USF students. The ACE acts as a liaison between the community organization, USF professors and service-learning students to design and carry out service-learning projects. The ACE will work with all parties to make the experience meaningful and beneficial for everyone involved. ACEs also participate in professional development programs with The McCarthy center to learn the necessary skills for this work.

Through their work, ACEs learn about relevant social issues and the client/guest population of the community partner, and they invest in personal and professional growth with self-defined goals. ACEs are asked to attend weekly meetings that alternate between individual advising and all-staff meetings, which include exercises to facilitate leadership skills that are transferable to all aspects of their lives. ACEs may also be asked to take on additional projects to increase McCarthy Center resources and enhance services.

ACEs are uniquely positioned to cultivate strong relationships with nonprofits and USF professors, and they develop professional skills (programming, organization, planning, communication, etc.) to succeed as public service professionals. The work ACEs perform helps them enrich their resumes with meaningful professional experience, contribute to campus and community growth, and participate as an important part of a great team. ACEs are paid, depending on USF standards at the time of employment, and also have the opportunity to attend regional or national conferences.


  • Current USF undergraduate student
  • Ability to make a one year commitment to the program (academic school year)
  • Successful completion of a USF service-learning course (preferred)
  • Desire to learn about community issues and work with the Bay Area community
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals and groups
  • Computer skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills

New ACEs are hired every spring semester for the following academic year. During the hiring period, applications are available in the Leo T. McCarthy Center, MA 106.