Haas Center for Public Service
Center Offices: 562 Salvatierra Walk
Mail Code: 8620
Phone: (650) 723-0992
Web Site: http://haas.stanford.edu
The Haas Center for Public Service connects academic study with public service to strengthen communities and develop effective public leaders. The Center aspires to develop aware, engaged, and thoughtful citizens who contribute to the realization of a more just and humane world.
To accomplish these objectives, the center collaborates with associated units at Stanford to implement programs in the following areas of work.
- Through the center's fellowship programs, undergraduates perform summer internships in nonprofit organizations, foundations, and government agencies locally, nationally, and internationally. Postgraduate fellowships allow graduating seniors to work with a mentor in a nonprofit or public agency for a year.
- The Public Service Leadership Fellows Program provides an opportunity for students who want to be intentional about their leadership development. Center staff also provides leadership development through training, advising, and resources to Stanford in Government, Alternative Spring Break, and other student groups engaged in service.
- With support from the center, Stanford faculty members have created service-learning courses that involve Stanford students in providing direct service and community-based research efforts in collaboration with local schools and other partner agencies. The center's Public Service Scholars Program supports seniors writing honors theses that combine academic research with service to communities.
- Faculty from Stanford's School of Education collaborate with center staff to provide curriculum guidance and training for tutors and mentors at nearby schools. Another program trains Stanford students to bring results of scientific research to neighborhood programs. The federally supported Community Service Work-Study program, administered in conjunction with the University's Financial Aid Office, allows students to satisfy work-study obligations year-round by working in community organizations and public agencies.
- The postgraduate and alumni programs help students, particularly graduating seniors, identify opportunities to assist in launching their public service careers in nonprofit and government agencies, and in the private sector in service-related positions. The Haas Center houses the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, a program of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS).
Students interested in public service fellowships, service-learning courses, community-based research, public and community service internships for youth and education, or service organization leadership development should contact the center.