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Why Apply

​​Whether you are a recent college graduate or bring many years of experience, the CSU STEM VISTA program can help you build your resume, learn on the job and grow your profession network.

Build your resume. VISTA members will work on a CSU campus full-time for one year applying, implementing and enhancing asset-based programs and initiatives that support students of color, students from low-income communities, women and students who are first in their family to attend college.

Miriam Ureno Moreno  

"The CSU STEM VISTA program gives me hope that our CSU system is working to implement equitable programs and serve students who have been traditionally underserved and underrepresented."

- Miriam Ureno Moreno, 2016-18 VISTA member at CSU Stanislaus

Learn on the job.VISTA members attend four in-person and many virtual training and professional development sessions that share foundational theory, tools and resources that will enable you to support the STEM students on your campus. You will also learn from your fellow VISTA members who serve as your support system during your year and beyond.

Nina Levine  

"After my VISTA year ended, I interviewed for a job as a civil engineer. They asked me, ‘What’s the one thing that sets you apart from the rest of the qualified applicants?’ My answer was simple: empathy. My year of service as a CSU STEM VISTA opened my eyes to so many things that they can’t teach you in school.

- Nina Levine, 2014-15 VISTA member at San Jose State University

Grow your professional network. VISTA members receive coaching, mentoring, additional training and ongoing feedback from the campus teams they are matched with. You will come away with a profound respect for the work being done on our CSU campuses and a strong professional network.