Rice University

Rice University Center for Civic Leadership

Houston Partnership Opportunities

Interested in partnering with the Center for Civic Leadership's Houston-based programs? Please review the program summaries, service length, and proposal deadlines below. If you are interested in partnering, email the Center for Civic Leadership at ccl@rice.edu to set-up an initial meeting.

Houston Program Summaries

Service Length

Partnership Proposals Due



Outreach Day - A one-day service project for the incoming freshman class that introduces students to the Center and its service philosophy as well as the City of Houston and its non-profit sector.  This program enables organizations to complete a one-day project utilizing a dedicated group of Rice students.



One-Day Service

March through April


Beyond the Sallyport - A one-day program designed to introduce students to the Center and its programs as well as the City of Houston and its dynamic communities. Students travel in groups of ten to partnering Houston neighborhoods and learn about relevant social issues from local community leaders and organizations.


One-Day Service in Fall

May through June


Urban Immersion - A week-long, summer service program designed to introduce incoming students to the City of Houston. Students spend their time in partnering Houston neighborhoods learning about relevant social issues from community leaders and conducting service with local, neighborhood-based organizations. Through lectures and direct service, organizations create an informed group of students ready to advocate and raise awareness at Rice and in the Houston community.





One or Two Weeks

January through February


Alternative Spring Break - A week-long service program lead by a team of undergraduates. Students spend up to seven months learning about the broader societal context of their service and participating in group reflection activities. With a committed team of students working up to 40 hours during the week, this program allows organizations to address pre-identified needs or build additional capacity to fulfill their mission.   




One Week

January through February


Leading Edge Workshop & Resulting Internships - A one-day workshop that prepares students to secure an internship, build relationships with community partners, and succeed in a professional environment. The workshop includes a civic challenge competition in which community partners collaborate with teams of students to address organizational issues. The CCL offers cash prizes that enable participating organizations to hire a Rice student as a summer intern, and interns receive coaching throughout the summer from a team of CCL-trained, undergraduate mentors.





One-Day Workshop & Summer Internships



January through



Leadership Rice Mentorship Experience - A summer internship experience in which students are paired with a mentor who fosters their leadership capacity and personal development. Throughout the internship, students receive coaching from the CCL staff that enables them to perform high-level work for the organization, over a nine-week period.



Summer (May through August)

January through February


Houston Action Research Teams - A civic research and design program in which small, interdisciplinary teams of Rice students work throughout the year with city offices and community organizations to address issues and challenges facing Houston and its citizens. By having faculty and graduate students mentor students throughout all phases of the project, HART is able to meet organizations consulting needs.




New projects begin in August, January, and May



Civic Leadership Capstone - A one-year, independent, community-based project that upper-level students complete in order to earn the Certificate in Civic Leadership. Throughout the year, community partners and students work closely to design a creative, realistic, and appropriate plan to address an issue or to further the organization’s mission.  



Academic Year (August through May)

January through March for following August