Community Connections


It comes as no surprise that USF St. Petersburg holds the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation.

Below are just a few examples of how we support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.


Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading

USF St. Petersburg has hosted the annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading since 2005.

Usually held in the Fall, the festival has presented an eclectic array of topics and authors such as: Carl Hiaasen, Dennis Lehane, R.L. Stine, Sen. Bob Graham, Andy Borowitz, Michael Connelly, Arianna Huffington, Taylor Branch, Candace Bushnell, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Martina Navratilova.

Neighborhood News Bureau

Our Neighborhood News Bureau is a working newsroom, staffed by our Journalism undergraduate and graduate students, located at 1111 18th Ave S. (Enoch Davis Center), St. Petersburg, FL, 33705.

It functions as a community connection for collecting and disseminating information and news.

It produces stories, features and announcements for use by local and regional news media and community organizations.


Award for Civic Leadership

This award is bestowed in recognition of outstanding contributions to our community. It is the most prestigious award granted by USF St. Petersburg and recognizes the institution’s strong ties with the community.

View Past Recipients And More About The Award

Instruction Integrated into Community

Faculty members offer students both classroom and community learning opportunities within their curricula. Many courses engage USF St. Petersburg students with community businesses, agencies and schools in focused academic service.

By pairing courses with corporate and community partners for immersive learning, professors involve students in the world outside the classroom.

Ways to Engage

Town and Gown
Town and Gown is a non-profit organization designed to promote understanding and friendship between the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the community.


Recruiting and Internships

There are a variety of ways for companies and organizations to recruit talented students for employment and internships. These opportunities help students gain relevant experience while meeting the organization’s needs.

Through career fairs and events,  posting boards, and employer relations, the USF St. Petersburg Career Center engages meaningful career connections for employers, alumni and current students.

Explore more at the USF St. Petersburg Career Center.

Fitness, Lessons, Camps and Outdoor Adventures

USF St. Petersburg Campus Recreation offers camps, adventures, and lessons both above water and below. Get fit with a personal trainer or learn to sail in Tampa Bay. Our facility is also an authorized provider of the American Red Cross. Throughout the year, various classes are offered including CPR, first aid, lifeguard training and lifeguard challenges.

Visit USF St. Petersburg Campus Recreation


The Conference and Event’s department at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg offers a variety of services to all non-university entities and individuals in need of an event facility. The University’s beautiful venues are suitable for any social, meeting or functions such as wedding ceremonies, dinner banquets, workshops, and conferences.

View USF St. Petersburg Conference And Event Space



Our Family Study Center, in collaboration with the Concerned Organization for the Quality of Education for Black Students (COQEBS) and other community partners, works to address the achievement gap between African American students and their school-aged peers.

Community events for families include Baby Talkand Figuring It Out For The Child.

Visit the Family Study Center.


The Geo-Spatial Analytics Lab  at the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg is pleased to offer training workshops in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing.  The workshops are offered throughout the year. We also can customize our services to a particular skill or need, so please ask if you require something specific that you don’t see offered (i.e., criminology applications, ArcHydro, etc).

View GIS Workshops.