STEM Engaged Learning

VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a part of the national service movement through the Corporation for National and Community Service and is often referred to as the domestic Peace Corps. VISTA members volunteer to serve full-time for one year on a poverty-alleviation project with a non-profit organization or public agency. Read about VISTA’s history.

CSU STEM VISTA will place 15 volunteers with CSU STEM departments or colleges to build partnerships with faculty, staff, students, alumni and local communities to support the academic and professional success of traditionally underrepresented CSU STEM students, as well as K-12 student success in STEM.

CSU STEM VISTA members will collaborate with industry partners, local community organizations, and schools to increase hands-on learning experiences such as service learning, internships and undergraduate research. Hands-on experiences lead to increased graduation rates and enhanced job-ready skills.

If you have a strong commitment to California’s communities, a passion for science, technology, engineering or math, and want to “cultivate the solution,” apply today to CSU STEM VISTA.


In 2011-12 only 14 percent of CSU bachelor’s degrees were granted in STEM disciplines. In a world where the demand for a STEM educated workforce is increasing, the CSU’s ability to support the STEM employment pipeline is critical to the future success of the California economy and worldwide competitiveness.

Read about the CSU’s vision for STEM student success »