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

Cornell Upward Bound Programs Shows Path to College.  Click here, Go to page 11 to read the Ithaca Times Story


Public Achievement Coach Chinelo Onyilofor ’15 talks about her work to give people in less-privileged countries access to electricity, as well as decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels.

Read the Chronicle Story

Brian Lombardi Named Vice President for Student and Campus Life (formerly Student and Academic Services) Read the Chronicle Story


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. 



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

Ryan T. Lombardi, vice president for student affairs at Ohio University, has been named Cornell’s vice president for student and campus life. Lombardi’s appointment was approved by the Executive Committee of the Cornell Board of Trustees, and he will assume his new position Aug. 1.



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