== Before the Mission ==
Before the mission, depending on your class of civilian your role varies. For example, if you are a botanist, you can say that your character has made an important discovery on plant life that could improve relations on another planet. Or, if your character is a cook, you could say that she was cooking a new recipe that went horribly wrong and ended up poisoning the entire crew that had eaten in the cafeteria. Mainly your job is to have the ship run as smoothly (or not as smoothly) as possible.
== During the Mission ==
During missions it is a little harder to get your character into the mission. However, there are quite a few creative ways to get involved. First is perhaps allowing your character to be captured during an alien invasion. Secondly, have your character hear or see something that will drive the mission forward. If all else fails, create a PNPC that can work in a department.
== After the Misison ==