COVID-19 Student Service Corps (CSSC)

The COVID-19 Student Service Corps (CSSC) offers students the opportunity to engage in a remote service-learning model to both promote social distancing and address urgent health systems concerns.

CSSC seeks to:

  • Support health systems and their patients, workforce, and communities facing the COVID-19 pandemic through interprofessional student service-learning projects
  • Understand the needs of local health systems and utilize the diverse skillsets of volunteer health care professional trainees and their faculty mentors

Become a CSSC Volunteer

You can sign up for volunteer opportunities by completing this online form:

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Volunteer Opportunities

COVID-19 Community Hotline

Provide staffing support of clinical health professionals for a community informational line about COVID-19.

COVID-19 Research

Work with principal investigators who are engaged in time-sensitive COVID-19-related projects.

Information Services

Produce high-quality, summarized, and digestible resources on the COVID-19 pandemic and management for patients, families, faculty, and students, and supports the technological and publishing needs of other service projects. Teams within the Information Services project include:

  • Patient Education and Design
  • Language Translation
  • Literature Assessment and Summary
  • Web Design
  • Outreach

Medical Education

Work to enhance the virtual curriculum to ensure high-quality ongoing curricular experiences for preclinical medical students.

Mental Health and Well-Being

Support the well-being of students, faculty, staff, and community members through projects such as:

  • Hero Meals—a service that supports local restaurants and business by fundraising to employ a lean staff to provide nutritious, comforting fare to hospital staff working the front lines.
  • Virtual Community-Building projects, such as yoga and meditation.

Overflow Staffing and Support

Work with relevant stakeholders to prepare students for possible clinical and nonclinical back-up staffing roles in the pandemic.

Patient Population Outreach Projects

Give providers with high-risk populations, via CSSC students, the opportunity to communicate anticipatory guidance about COVID-19 and provide guidance for when to seek care. 

PPE Task Force

Organize procurement, donation, and manufacturing of personal protective equipment from interested parties in the community.

Provider Childcare Task Force

Connect health care professionals with existing childcare services (not students) and seeks to grow the network of services.

Telemedicine COVID-19 Follow-Up

Engage in remote monitoring of COVID-19-positive patients after discharge. This project uses students with clinical training and licensed supervision. 

Telemedicine Patient Assist

Work with outpatient clinics to rapidly onboard patients onto institutional telehealth platforms, allowing for more efficient clinic flow and reduction in in-person encounters.

Workforce Health and Safety

Provide staffing support for the hospital service tasked with receiving calls and following potential cases of COVID-19 among staff and providers.

Contact Us

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Contact CSSC


To support CSSC with monetary donations, please visit the Office of Development

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Donate PPE

For inquiries about donating personal protective equipment (PPE), please email