At RCC, students can participate in paid experiential learning opportunities that make a positive impact on the college and the greater Riverside community while also building real-world skills that will make them competitive in the professional world. The programs listed below offer a range of service and work opportunities in the areas of food insecurity, climate action, K-14 education, and social justice. Review each program to get started!

College Corps

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Consider making community service a core part of your college experience and preparation for future careers. RCC College Corps, in partnership with #CaliforniansForAll College Corps, will connect up to 50 students with local service opportunities in community organizations such as food banks, climate action organizations, and K-12 schools. Students enrolled at RCC, MVC or Norco College are eligible to apply to serve as a College Corps Fellow. 

RCC College Corps Fellows who complete requirements of the program will earn $10,000, have access to training, networking, and professional development opportunities, and will gain real-world job experience and skills to add to their resume. Click the link below to learn more about program eligibility, benefits, timeline, the application, and more!


Community Action Leadership Academy 

The Community Action Leadership Academy (CALA) is launching at RCC! CALA is a social justice-oriented internship program at RCC where students "learn and earn" by enrolling in coursework pertaining to community leadership and simultaneously work for pay at local nonprofit organizations focusing on issues such as anti-racism, education, workers' rights, environmental justice, food security, assistance to the formerly incarcerated, LGBTQ+ Rights, public health, and domestic violence. CALA interns will apply and interview in Spring and begin coursework and placement at their sites in Fall semester. Educational stipends are also provided in addition to paid hours. 

CALA Eligibility Requirements

  • RCC must be your home campus
  • Work at a local nonprofit organization 10-20 hours paid per week
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 units in fall and sping semesters, including Political Science 14 - Internship in Political Science in the fall
  • Participate in Academy events and workshops
  • Be committed to social justice work
  • Apply by April 16, 2023

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For More Information Contact

CALA Faculty Coordinator Quad 23D

Academic Support

Student Peer Mentors WavingDrawing upon the Peer Instructor’s own experiences, and the training provided by Academic Support, a Peer Instructor strives to help students pass their classes and develop the skills necessary for a successful college career. Peer Instructors work online and/or in-person, in small friendly group settings and/or in personal one-on-one sessions; helping students learn content-specific information, college resources, and/or academic skills.

Eligibility and other Requirements

  • Must demonstrate competency in the area(s) in which they serve by earning an A or B in aligned courses, as applicable
  • Must have at least a 2.5 GPA (3.0+ preferred)
  • Have been enrolled at RCC for at least 1 term (1 academic year preferred)
  • Be currently enrolled in at least 6 credits during the term they are working, with RCC as their home campus

General Program Time Commitment

Peer Instructors may work anywhere between 10 to 20 hours per week depending on their availability and the students’ needs.

For more information contact: 

Tutorial Services or
Math Learning Center or
Writing & Reading Center or

Peer Mentor

RCC Peer Mentors are current students that serve as a knowledgeable guide for new and continuing students. Peer Mentors work collaboratively with their peers, college professional staff, and faculty to increase student access to campus resources and support student success through regular communication with a caseload of students. Peer mentors are selected due to their desire to become campus leaders and support their fellow students in achieving their goals at RCC.


  • Provide new and continuing students with information about resources and student services
  • Assist new students in making a successful transition to college
  • Maintain contact with assigned caseload of students to provide consistent and ongoing support through regular communication
  • Promote Engagement Center services though targeted outreach campaigns to current students
  • Coordinate with fellow peer mentors, professional staff, and faculty on projects to promote guided pathways and student success
  • Serve as a positive social and academic role model


  • Ability to work approximately 12 hours a week with the Engagement Centers and attend a one-hour virtual meeting every other week (in addition to mandatory training)
  • Currently enrolled and completed a minimum of one semester of coursework
  • Desire to help students succeed
  • Demonstrate good interpersonal and communication skills
  • An understanding/willingness to learn about inclusivity and diversity
  • Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher


  • Earn $15 per hour
  • Acquire valuable training through paid professional development opportunities
  • Gain experience to enhance your resume

For more information contact: 

Academic Support
Associate Dean of Career and Technical Education

Partner Educational Institutions and Non-Profit Organizations

Non-profit organizations and educational institutions are encouraged to connect with RCC. The goal of these programs is to form solid relationships between students and local organizations. If your organization is interested in partnering with RCC and would like to connect with students through the RCC College Corps and/or CALA programs, please click on the link below to be connected to the appropriate program lead.

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Dr. Adrienne Grayson
Dr. Parissa Clark