Engaged Citizen Corps

Drake University Engaged Citizen Corps is an intentionally designed curriculum and service year experience for entering first year students that exposes members to issues of social justice while providing them hands on experience to impact their community. Members dedicate themselves not only to weekly service hours but to making connections between their community experiences and academic pursuits. The service project will be directly integrated in to the assignments and activities of 4 courses (15 credits) and still allow students the opportunity to take other courses towards the pursuit of their major. Service sites will represent agencies working across multiple areas of economic and community development for example affordable housing, transportation and bikability, health and safety, business cultivation, and arts and culture. 

The student application is now CLOSED. Partner Agency applications will be accepted until May 1, 2016 or until all spots are filled.

Student Requirements

  • Be admitted to Drake University and complete the Engaged Citizen Corps application by March 1, 2016 at NOON. See the Drake Admission's page for Undergraduate Admissions Information or contact an Admissions Counselor.
  • Engaged Citizen Corps is a very serious commitment. Members will complete a 9-month service term, serving 20-25 hours/week
  • Members will take 4 courses as a cohort (FYS, Written Comm, Info Lit, Engaged Citizen)
    • FYS will be held Monday/Wednesday 8am-9:15am
  • Members will live together in one of the Drake University’s residence halls
  • Members will need to attend the June 18th and 19th session of Summer Orientation & Registration

Worried about time committment? Take a look at how the hours break down.

Sample course sequence

Fall Jterm Spring
FYS: The Common Good*
(M/W 8-9:15am)
Information Literacy*
(online course)**
Engaged Citizen Experience Course*
Written Communication*   Internship (3 credits)
2-3 Exploratory Courses   2-3 Exploratory Courses
20/hrs week service (3 hours are embedded in the FYS)   20/hrs week service (9 hours are embedded as the Internship)

*fulfill related AOI requirements **Engaged Citizen Corps members have been pre-approved to register for the J-term Info Lit course, allowing for 3 additional credits to be taken in the fall or spring semester 


  • Receive a $6,500 Engaged Citizen Scholarship toward room and board (not to exceed full cost of room and board). 
  • Reserved attendance for the June 18th/19th Summer Orientation & Registration session 
  • Pre-registration for Cohort Courses
  • Opportunities to attend regional conferences

For more information or questions contact Renee Sedlacek at (515) 271-2454 or email renee.sedlacek@drake.edu

This program was selected as the winner for the national Service + Higher Ed Innovation Challenge. Challenge and funding made possible by National Conference on CitizenshipThe Aspen Institute Franklin Project and Lumina Foundation.


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