Engaged Citizen Corps

Are you interested in service? Do you want to build your resume and form professional connections? Do you want to get to know the Des Moines community? 

If you answered yes, check out the Engaged Citizen Corps, which allows for all of these opportunities through an enriching experience with a tight-knit group of people. 

Drake University's Engaged Citizen Corps is an intentionally designed curriculum and service-learning internship experience for entering first year students that exposes members to issues of social justice while providing them hands on experience to impact the Des Moines community. Members dedicate themselves not only to weekly service-learning hours but to making connections between their community experiences and academic pursuits. The service is directly integrated into the assignments and activities of 5 courses (18 credits) and still allows students the opportunity to take other courses toward the pursuit of their major. Service sites 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 available now-March 1, 2017.

Partner Agency applications are not yet available. Check back soon!

Student Requirements

  • Be admitted to Drake University and complete the Engaged Citizen Corps application by March 1, 2017 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 internship, serving 10-15 hours/week with a partner agency
  • Members will take 5 courses as a cohort (First Year Seminar, Written Communication, Information Literacy, Engaged Citizen, Internship Seminar).
    • FYS will be held Monday/Wednesday 8am-9:15am.
  • Members will live together in one of the Drake University’s residence halls.
  • Members will be expected to reflect critically on their experience and the impact to the community and themself

Worried about time commitment? 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 Seminar (3 credits)
2-3 Exploratory Courses for AOI or major courses   2-3 Exploratory Courses for AOI or major courses
10-15/hrs week service    10-15/hrs week service (7 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 $5,000 Engaged Citizen Scholarship toward room and board (not to exceed full cost of room and board). 
  • Pre-registration for Cohort Courses
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • Resume building
  • Networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to gain an understanding of nonprofit work
  • Chance to develop professional writing skills
  • Community involvement through service

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information. You can also contact Renee Sedlacek at (515) 271-2454 or email renee.sedlacek@drake.edu or Amanda Martin at (515)-271-2767 or email amanda.martin@drake.edu. 

*Information subject to change

This program was selected as the winner for the national Service + Higher Ed Innovation Challenge in 2015. Challenge and funding was made possible by National Conference on CitizenshipThe Aspen Institute Franklin Project and Lumina Foundation.


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