Welcome to our site! Our programs are centered around the areas of community-engaged learning, democratic engagement, leadership education, preK-12 student success and place-based initiatives. Build authentic community and expand your educational experience at the University of Washington. Browse our opportunities below to find something that works for you.

  1. CELE K-12 Tutor or Mentor

    CELE K-12 Tutor or Mentor

    Tutor in a K-12 classroom or support high school students in post-secondary planning. 

  2. Undergraduate Community Based Internships

    Undergraduate Community Based Internships

    UCBI is a paid internship program that places undergraduates in nonprofit and public sector organizations. Students interested in public service get the chance to explore, contribute, and grow as they work in, with, and for local communities.

  3. Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship

    Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship

    Funding for intensive public service internships during summer months.

  4. NextGen Civic Leader Corps

    NextGen Civic Leader Corps

    Designed to inspire undergraduate students to consider careers in government, non-profit, and social venture organizations.

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Spring Celebration 2023

Spring Celebration is a forum for CELE and Mary Gates Endowment students to showcase student service, leadership, and activist work conducted in partnership with the community.


Date: May 24, 2023

Time: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: HUB Ballroom and meeting rooms 

More information HERE


Jumpstart is Hiring!

Applications are live for all positions! Apply by November 10th! Positions are open until filled, but start date is immediately and service in the classrooms begin January 3rd.

Check out position descriptions, benefits, and how to apply for each position HERE. 

  • Team Leaders (8 positions)
    • Lead a team of 3-4 UW peers in the preschool classroom. Build your leadership, management, coaching, and observation skills! 
  • Corps Members (45+ positions)
    • Serve on a team of 3-4 UW peers in the preschool classrom. Build your resume, earn an AmeriCorps Education Award of $1374 while preparing preschoolers for Kindergarten!
  • Community Engagement Coordinator (1 position)
    • Create and collaborate on various family and community engagement events to support the Jumpstart mission!


Riverways Guides Coordinator Graduate Staff Assistant

Community Engagement and Leadership Education (CELE) Center

Riverways Guides Coordinator Graduate Staff Assistant

Riverways Education Partnerships in the Community Engagement and Leadership Education (CELE) Center is currently accepting applications for a Riverways Guides Coordinator Graduate Staff Assistant (GSA) position for the appointment period of 9/16/23 - 6/15/24.

Title/Pay Classification: Staff Assistant 50% FTE

Appointment period: 9/16/23-6/15/24

Application open: May 1, 2023

Application deadline: May 15, 2023

Interviews: May 22-26, 2023

Notifications to Applicants: May 29, 2023

Candidate Response Required: June 9, 2023

Salary: Salary and benefits (including tuition) are commensurate with academic standing per the labor contract and salary schedule that govern academic student employees.

Riverways Education Partnerships connects UW students to a variety of programs that partner with rural and tribal K-12 schools across Washington state as a means of transforming the learning and inspiring the growth of both UW and K-12 students, while addressing inequities in public education. Working with Riverways provides a unique opportunity to learn about public education and gain knowledge of partnerships between the University of Washington and rural and tribal K-12 schools from around Washington state. To learn more, please visit cele.uw.edu.

This position will focus on Riverway’s Rural and tribal outreach programs, including the Neah Bay: Telling our Stories, Imagining our Futures program, the Literacy Arts Alternative Spring Break program and the Riverways Guides Program.

The primary responsibilities of the Riverways Guides Coordinator GSA include:

Riverways Guides Coordinator Responsibilities (70%):

Under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Rural and Tribal Partnerships, facilitate and lead a cohort of UW undergraduates to work with Indigenous and rural k-12 students in a year long program.

  • Lead trips and virtual visits to WA high schools throughout the academic year and during Spring Break. Support the team in identifying high schools with high American Indian/Alaska Native populations, and in designing and implementing mentorship and college preparation activities at various high schools, community colleges, and tribal communities.
  • Coordinate recruitment and selection of interns for the undergraduate Riverways Guides team
  • Facilitate a weekly meeting for the undergraduate team during Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters. Topics to include: developing best practices in working with Indigenous  and rural communities and students, college and career readiness, mentorship in a classroom setting
  • Support undergraduate Riverways Guides in outreach and programming for Native K-12 programs throughout the state.
  • Coordinate activities with the Center of American and Indigenous Studies and Multicultural Outreach & Recruitment team around these activities.

Literacy Arts and STEM ASB programming (30%)

Assist the Assistant Director of Rural and Tribal Partnerships in the planning and implementation of Literacy Arts and STEM ASB in 5 - 8 communities:

● Develop and maintain relationships with community partners,

● Recruit and train Team Leaders and participants for the program.

● Assist in leading a Winter Quarter seminar for all participants

● Coordinate activities for ASB week.

● Assist in creation of Literacy Arts ASB magazine

Click here for full description and application instructions.  



2021 Virtual Showcase

2021 Virtual Showcase

Even in a year of remote learning, staff, faculty, community partners and students have thought creatively about how to pivot their work and address critical issues in our communities. This Virtual Showcase offers you a glimpse of what community engagement and leadership looked like this past year at the University of Washington.

Visit Showcase


Not sure how to get involved? Here are some stories from students and partners from across all our programs.