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CI Corps is a community service initiative and collaboration between the Center for Community Engagement (CCE), the Federal Work Study program, ASI, Inc and CCE community partners. The program advances community service with student leaders by providing them employment opportunities at area non-profits, schools or the CCE to meet community needs in education, literacy, mentoring and volunteer recruitment.

The primary goals of the CI Corps programs are to:

  • build and support a network of community-committed students from CI in their academic, civic, and professional development while increasing their community involvement in meaningful ways;
  • foster connections between the University, its students, and the community; and,
  • provide pathways for CI students entering graduate school or the workforce.

To advance these goals, the CCE provides biweekly Student Success Seminars focusing on topics such as: civic and interpersonal development, graduate school, undergraduate research, and professionalism and public-speaking, as well as networking opportunities.

CI Corps members must:

  • Be a current CSUCI student;
  • Attend summer orientation;
  • Attend bi-weekly Student Success Seminars on Fridays throughout the academic year;
  • Commit to working 15 - 20 hours per week in the fall and spring semesters;
  • Have at least 2 semesters left in your academic career at CSUCI and make a one-year commitment to the CI Corps Program; and
  • Have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher.

We are now hiring for 2018-2019 and have two positions available as America Reads Tutors! Please visit the Dolphin CareerLink to apply.

Meet Our 2018-19 Corps Members

  • Christian

    Christian Berumen

    Christian Berumen is in his junior year studying Psychology. He chose CI because of the great environment and small campus. He is the first in his family to go to college and intends to continue on to a graduate program. He serves at El Centrito Family Learning Centers as an America Reads Tutor. He believes it is important to be involved in the community because it allows people to become more open minded and aware of the world around them.

  • Jocelyn

    Jocelyn Cumplido

    Jocelyn Cumplido is a sophomore and the first in her family to go to college. She chose CI because the class sizes are small and she would be able to get to know her professors. She is majoring in Sociology and plans to graduate in Spring 2021. After graduation, Jocelyn wants to pursue a Masters in Social Work. She is an Academic Homework Support person at Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo. Jocelyn was interested in this position because of her past experience working with young kids. At the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo, she is able to use her experience to be a role model. From 7th grade through high school, Jocelyn was a part of CSU Fullerton's Gear Up program that helped low-income families reach higher education. There she met her mentor, Cindy Ponce. Jocelyn continues to look up to her because, like her, Cindy was a first generation student and now she has her Masters and is a counselor to students at Kennedy High School.

  • edith

    Edith Flores

    Edith Flores is a junior majoring in Sociology and Spanish. When she graduates in May 2020, she plans to become a translator or social worker. Edith serves at El Centrito Family Learning Centers providing homework support by creating and facilitating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math activities. Edith was interested in this position because she enjoys working with children as well as supporting the community. She believes it is important to be involved because it makes us more aware of the environment around us.

  • Nathalie

    Nathalie Huerta

    Nathalie Huerta is a senior and chose CI because of the small campus and accessibility of professors. She is majoring in Liberal Studies and Mathematics with plans to graduate May 2019. After she graduates, she will enroll in a credential program or apply for the Peace Corps. She would like to travel and explore different cultures and gain a new perspective. Ultimately, Nathalie would like to be a university professor. She currently serves as an America Reads Tutor at the University Preparation Charter School providing homework and reading support to children. The most satisfying part of her service is interacting with children, as well as getting tips from teachers on how to succeed when she has her own classroom. The most challenging part is working with children that are behind in their reading skills. Nathalie wants to become a teacher, preferably teaching 6th grade math and through her service experience, she has been able to see many different teaching styles. One teacher in particular, Mrs. Kent, has made a great impression. Nathalie admires how she helps students succeed by creating hands-on activities, rather than handing out worksheets.
  • Octavio

    Octavio Leon

    Octavio Leon is a senior and the first in his family to go to college. He chose CI because of the small campus feel, the proximity to home, and its great computer science program. Octavio is majoring in Computer Science and is also pursuing a minor in Mathematics. He plans to graduate May 2019 and will pursue a career in Cyber Security. His dream job would be at Netflix. He serves as an Academic Homework Support person at El Centrito Family Learning Centers. He assists young kids between the ages of 6 and 10 with math related problems as well as engaging them in STEAM related activities. One of his goals is to engage the kids in code related activities. Programming is an art and challenges you to think in a new way. He is excited to get the kids thinking differently!

  • Estrella

    Estrella Organiz

    Estrella Organiz is a senior studying Biology with plans to graduate in Fall 2019. She chose CI because of the small campus size, proximity to the beach and the fact that it is not too far from her home. Estrella serves as an Academic Homework Support person at the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo. She loves this role because she loves teaching and working with students. Estrella wants to be an educator in the future and believes that it is crucial to be involved in the community because it can expose others to new experiences and teach people to be selfless and humble.

  • Gerardo

    Gerardo Ortega

    Gerardo Ortega is a senior majoring in Psychology. He is the first in his family to go to college and chose CI because of the small school setting that will help him grow. He plans to graduate at the end of the Fall 2018 semester, then attend graduate school to further his goals of working with children and adolescents. Gerardo serves as an Academic Homework Support person at the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo. He was attracted to this position because of the similarities of previous jobs he’s held. He feels as though he can bring his past experiences to this site and contribute to his new environment.

  • Bailey

    Bailey Pickering

    Bailey Pickering is a senior studying Art with plans to graduate in May 2019. She chose CI after the Art director caught her attention with his dedication to the Art program and the small campus size and realized this was a perfect fit for her. After graduating, Bailey hopes to get a job in Graphic Design, and eventually land a job with Disney or DreamWorks. She serves as an Academic Homework Support person at the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo and loves interacting with kids of all ages. Bailey believes it’s important to be a part of the community because when you give back, you can learn more about your community.