Involvement Opportunities at the Center for Peace and Commerce

The Center for Peace and Commerce welcomes participation from community members and students to support the creation of social impact.

Student Involvement

Influencers and Ambassadors

The CPC has a group of Student Ambassadors who help promote the mission and programs of the CPC. Student Ambassadors are a critical line of communication that helps the CPC understand student needs, so we can better serve the USD campus community. The Student Ambassadors attend regular meetings to dialogue and offer feedback on CPC programs, and to brainstorm new ways to advance social innovation in San Diego.


The CPC offers internships to both undergraduate and graduate students with interest in social innovation. Internships are unpaid and are typically 10 hours per week. If you are interested in being considered for an internship at the CPC, please send a cover letter and resume.


The CPC always welcomes student volunteers to support with events, especially with our innovative events! Let us know if you're available and would like to volunteer for an event.

To get involved, please email

Community Members

Work with Student Social Innovators

The CPC seeks community members excited to lend their entrepreneurial and social impact expertise to help students competing in the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge. If you are an experienced social impact leader or entrepreneur, we'd love to hear from you! The Fowler SIC needs mentors and coaches to guide students through the enterprise development process, and evaluators to review student proposals.

Coaching and Mentoring

Coaches and mentors work one-on-one with student innovators to help them improve their social venture proposals, and with winners during the implementation process. Coaches can volunteer for a lunchtime "idea lab" or evening office hours and mentors are matched with students teams based on areas of expertise for a longer-term commitment. Community social impact leaders and if the team they mentor receives an award, mentors will need to commit to being available for periodic student mentoring (1-2 times per month) from May-November.

Proposal Evaluation

In rounds one and two of the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge student projects are reviewed online by our community of qualified judges. Judges evaluate student projects and provide written feedback to student teams. Judges include experts from business, social sector, and academia with experience in social innovation and entrepreneurship. If you are interested in serving as an evaluator for student proposals, there are two rounds of virtual judging where you can sign up to evaluate proposals and provide feedback on your own time, at your leisure. Evaluators should have a good grasp of the entrepreneurial journey and a passion for working with students!

To get more information or sign up for any of these opportunities, please email