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Last updated on Nov 04, 2020

CCA CONNECTS is a paid professional development fellowship program for undergraduate and graduate students across all disciplines to work at Bay Area mission-driven community organizations for the duration of the academic year. CONNECTS Fellows grow professionally through applying their critical and creative skills to help further the mission of their partner sites.

CCA CONNECTS Site Criteria

The Center for the Arts and Public Life supports these fellowships so that students’ art and design skills can be meaningfully applied towards projects that allow for 1) professional growth, 2) leadership experience and 3) direct community engagement to further your organization’s mission.

Sites are selected according to how their application fits the criteria described below. Case study examples come from past CCA CONNECTS partnerships.

Social Impact

Site must have a clearly defined mission to serve and better communities. Site must identify how their work impacts their intended communities.

Creative Opportunities

Site must provide a specific role for a Fellow that allows them to apply their art and design skills. The role must use the skills of the student’s discipline.

Community Engagement

Site must provide a specific role where a component of their work involves direct engagement with the community served.

Leadership Development

Site must provide opportunities for the Fellow to strengthen and apply their leadership skills by spearheading at least one project per semester.


Site must have the capacity to provide the Fellow with mentorship, networking opportunities, and resources in order to successfully carry out the fellowship responsibilities.