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Learn By Doing Opportunities 

The Pride Center's provides several high impact experiential opportunities to empower LGBTQ+ students and their allies through the Cal Poly Learn By Doing philosophy.  This program allows students to get involved in our social change movement, learn more about the LGBTQ+ community and current events affecting it, as well as engage in various student leadership development opportunities aimed at enhancing the capacity of gender and sexuality education and support at Cal Poly.

Participant Options

Want to volunteer your time? Looking to do an internship either develop your skills, help the campus build capacity for social change, or looking to fulfill a degree requirement? Need a placement location for a departmental course practicum? We offer all three options; check out the information below to see whether a volunteer, internship or practicum position is the right fit for you.

Volunteer Experience

Students who participate in the program as volunteers are able to set a schedule that works best for them and may volunteer between 3-10 hours each week. Volunteers support the Pride Center through a wide range of activities from education and advocacy efforts, core programming, and/or special projects.

Internship Experience

Students may participate in the program through for-credit or non-credit internships.

  • For-credit internships are typically required components of a degree program and involve placements that enable students to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their academic coursework. For-credit internships may be for one or more quarter within an academic year and the hours required for the internship are generally pre-determined for each degree program.
  • Non-credit internships are available for students who are looking to engage in high-impact experiential learning and service opportunities.  Non-credit internships allow students to develop and apply knowledge and skills, can help students discover personal and professional interests, and help build students' resumes. Students who sign up for a non-credit internship work a fixed number of hours (10-15) each week and support the work of the Pride Center in a variety of capacities from education and advocacy efforts, core programming, and/or special projects.

Practicum Experience

Students may participate in the program as part of a practicum course required for their undergraduate or graduate degree program. These courses are designed to allow students to gain experience working in their field. Practicum requirements vary by major, and students wishing to fulfill a practicum requirement by working at the Pride Center should contact their academic advisor to ensure that a placement in the Pride Center will meet the requirements for their program.

Primary Responsibilities

Our Learn By Doing participants serve in a number of important capacities at the Pride Center. The types of initiatives participants are involved with depending on their prior knowledge, skills, interests, and (when applicable) the departmental requirements of their internships or practicums. Below is an overview of common VIP responsibilities:

  • Pride Center Reception and Office Support- students help by answering phones, scheduling appointments, checking out library materials, connecting students with resources, and keeping the Center running during staff meetings or other times when the staff are out of the office.
  • Education & Advocacy (or) Core Programs Assignments- students serve on one of two Pride Center areas providing valuable feedback and support on the development of Pride Center programs and resources.
  • LGBTQ+ Archive Management- The LGBTQ+ community and the work of both our LGBTQ+ student organizations and the Pride Center are important parts of the history of Cal Poly. Students help us maintain a historical archive of LGBTQ+ life at Cal Poly by collecting and cataloging materials that are added each year to our Special Collections archive.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research- students play a crucial role in many of our outreach and education initiatives by doing the necessary research to find and compile information that gets used in a variety of ways such as our heritage, history, and pride month awareness campaigns. Diversity research provides students with a rich opportunity to increase their own knowledge and to help educate others.
  • Alumnx Outreach- Our alumnx are very important to us and are important resources for current students. Students help us stay connected with our alumni and keep them updated on our community and events by producing and distributing an annual alumni newsletter.
  • Social Justice Outreach-The Pride Center works to not only educate students about contemporary social justice issues but to also engage them in social justice-related community service in the local community. Students take the lead on these initiatives by identifying service opportunities, organizing service events or trips, and recruiting their peers.
  • Peer Education- The Pride Center gets more requests for workshops and presentations than the staff could ever handle! Fortunately, we train our students to facilitate peer education workshops and serve as panelists for educational events or classroom visits. 
  • Special Projects-  Interested in health and wellness, liberation and healing, marketing or branding, or perhaps politics and human rights? Perhaps there is an academic project you are hoping to develop in conjunction with the Pride Center.  Choose or develop your own special project as a part of your Learn By Doing experience.

Benefits of the Learn By Doing Opportunities program

Students who complete the Learn By Doing requirements of 100 logged service hours with the Pride Center (avg. 3-4 hours per week) receive the following benefits:

  1. Certificate of Service Completion for the program
  2. Rainbow Graduation Honor Cords 
  3. Academic Credit (where applicable)
  4. Professional Development Opportunities / Skill Development
  5. Resume / Career Development Support
  6. Professional Recommendation / Referrals for other leadership/employment positions from the Lead Coordinator for LGBTQ+ Initiatives

Application for the 2020-2021 Pride Learn By Doing Cohort

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