CUNY and NYS have launched CUNY Service Corps – Puerto Rico. This program will enable students at CUNY to play a meaningful role in The New York Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Effort. The State of New York is mobilizing students from both CUNY and SUNY to travel to Puerto Rico this summer and work with non-profit organizations already rebuilding on the ground. The Service Corps is looking for motivated, hard-working CSI students to be a part of this service community.

Participating students will:

  • Work with skilled trade professionals performing building and construction tasks to help rebuild communities and neighborhoods in Puerto Rico.
  • Earn a stipend.
  • Earn academic credit.
  • Build workplace and community service skills.

Important Program Facts:

The program will operate from mid-June to early August in Puerto Rico. Exact dates will be available soon.

  • Students must have the required documentation to travel to Puerto Rico.
    • Examples include a U.S. passport, state-issued driver’s license, state-issued photo identification card, U.S. military ID, or a permanent resident card.
  • Students must be able to commit to a two-week, four-week, or six-week service project. Students who apply will be asked to indicate their availability in two-week blocks.

To be eligible for CUNY Service Corps – Puerto Rico, students must:

  • Be matriculated in a degree program at a CUNY college at the time of application.
  • Be currently enrolled in Spring 2018.
  • Be planning to enroll in Fall 2018.
  • Be in good academic standing at their college and have a GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Have earned at least 24 college credits by end of Spring 2018 (18 credits for community college students).
  • Have the required documentation for domestic travel.
  • Be committed. CUNY Service Corps – Puerto Rico is a two-to six-week commitment.
  • Be willing to perform construction-related tasks (under the supervision of a trained professional).
  • Be interested in serving as a CUNY ambassador in a setting that requires professional behavior.


The application is due on Sunday, May 13, 2018.  The link to the application is online.

Other Important Dates – TENTATIVE:

  • Group Interviews: Week of May 21, 2018
  • Notification of Acceptance: May 25, 2018
  • Orientation/Pre-service training: Week of May 28, 2018