At USFSM, we partner with a multitude of non-profit, educational, governmental, veteran and other organizations to stimulate positive impact throughout the communities we serve. We believe that inviting our community partners to join us in the educational process benefits our students, faculty and staff. 

In return, our same campus community serves the local region in areas such as business, education, hospitality, and other critical impact areas.  The Sarasota-Manatee area is incredibly fortunate to have a large and vibrant non-profit community, collaborative governmental entities and an active business community.   

We appreciate our community partners and the value they bring to the communities in which we serve and our community partners commitment to the education of future professionals for the careers that benefit and support of our shared community. 

Our ability to collaboratively leverage relationships and resources significantly contributes to the public good.

If you are interested in partnering with the university, you can reach us at or please contact Jay Riley at 941-359-4694


We value community partnerships! The Office of Service-Learning invites community organizations and agencies to partner with USFSM.  If your organization is interested in partnering with USFSM for a service-learning opportunity, please contact Ben Heins at

If your organization is looking to partner for a community engagement opportunity please contact Casey Welch at You can also visit the Engage landing page to learn more.

Ben Heins OCE

Ben Heins, Coordinator, Internships and Service-Learning  941.359.4357

Mr. Heins oversees internships and service-learning opportunity development for all majors at USFSM. Previously, Ben was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing at Stockton University and a Community Director for a national multifamily property management organization. He has a BA in professional writing, an MFA in poetry, and over 50 publication credits. Ben believes USFSM is a vital community resource and seeks to deepen its impact by building mutually beneficial relationships between students, faculty, staff, and the greater community.