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Ways to Partner

Drake University partners with a variety of community organizations to enhance capacity, enrich student learning, and leverage resources reflective of Drake's commitment to strengthen the local community. Drake offers several pathways for establishing partnership, see our Partnership Matrix and register with the Office of Community Engagement today!

Community Engaged Learning Partnerships specifically support Drake's mission to prepare educated and engaged citizens. We seek partnerships that emphasize community 'voice' from project planning to implementation, address critical societal issues, help students practice democratic processes and civic responsibility, build capacity within organizations, and/or contribute to the public good. 

Browse the links below for specific ways to partner:

Statement of Limitation: Once a community engagement experience, event, or course project is agreed upon, Drake University will make every effort to meet the needs of the partner. However, Drake University cannot guarantee the availability of volunteers for your activity. The Drake University faculty, staff, or students must register an interest in your activity before your need can be filled. Employee participation is subject to a manager's approval and personal availability.


Volunteer Opportunities

We invite all community partners to post volunteer engagement opportunities to Drake's online platform DUgood. It is our goal that DUGood becomes a place of connection between Drake students and the broader community. Students use DUgood to search for volunteer opportunities as well as report the impacts they are making with local nonprofits. 

To get started, visit

For step-by-step instructions ---> DUgood Partners Quickstart Guide

Questions? Please email for assistance.

CEL Course Projects

There are many ways to integrate community activities into a course. Community Engaged Learning (CEL) courses combine and pursue both achieving academic learning and meeting a relevant community-defined need while intentionally integrating the use of reflection and assessment. 

At Drake we emphasize project completion vs. hours accumulation and stress that it will be easier to design projects if all students are involved in the community activity. See our list of CEL Courses and CEL Project Examples for more information.

To propose a project for a CEL course please complete the Community Partner Project Request Form.

 Submit a CEL Project idea 


Internships & Employment

Promoting Employment /Internship Opportunities

We direct all job / internship seekers to Hand Shake, our online job board where all community partner agencies are free to post job and internship opportunities: This is a secure system, so you will need to register for an account.

Off-Campus Federal Work Study

Many students are offered employment as part of their financial aid packages, with the average student working 10-12 hours per week. There are a limited number of Off-Campus Federal Work Study positions reserved for work at community partners. There is an agency cost-share to participate. Contact for more information. 

Drake’s Writing Internship Program

Since 2009, our writing interns have served at dozens of central Iowa community organizations; in human and public services, education, health, education, the environment and the arts. We believe that part of the “exceptional learning environment” called for in Drake’s mission statement is, in fact, a “real-world” learning environment where students learn about the needs and interests of central Iowans and the many organizations that exist to serve them.

How does it work?
Interns enroll for 1-3 academic credits in English 199, which provides students with individualized workplace experience that connects a student’s own goals and abilities with the needs of a campus or community organization. This translates into between 15 and 55 hours of work over the 15-week term. Projects can be short-term & project based, or longer term & on-going. Students provide their own transportation and are fully-insured for their off-campus course-related experience.

The course consists of a workplace portion and an academic portion.

  • In the workplace portion students learn to complete writing projects in a professional setting according to the guidelines and timetable set by the organization or agency. They negotiate with their community partner regarding work hours and use of materials or equipment needed; transportation to and from the workplace; remote-workplace arrangements; submission format of work and timesheets; and communication protocol with their supervisor.
  • The academic portion of the internship asks students to think and write about service and writing as an academic undertaking. They reflect on the social concerns addressed by their respective not-for-profit agencies; the challenges that can arise with campus-community partnerships; and the difference between writing for the classroom and professional writing for the workplace. Interns meet as a group to share reflections & insights on their experiences.

What kinds of writing projects can my organization get help with?

• Blogging • Copy-reading & proofreading • Fact-checking • Speech-writing • Grant-writing • Scripts for video & audio • Promotional copy • Social media writing • Interviews • Creative writing • Research reporting & analysis • Newsletters & updates • Profiles • Features • Advocacy • Fundraising • Timelines • Transcription • Press kits • Event planning 

We are open to your suggestions, too!

For more information please contact Director Carol Spaulding-Kruse, 515-271-3969.

Campus Visits

Closing the Enrollment Gap

Drake seeks to be a partner in promoting a college-going mindset and we recognize that work begins well before a student reaches high school. Therefore we aim to provide access to all interested K-8 groups via a self-guided tour program (schedule and accommodations pending availability and the University's Academic Calendar). Priority given to organizations serving low-income and historically marginalized students. For more information on the self-guided tour contact us today.

Request Self-Guided tour

For high school and transfer students who want to get a first-hand look at what Drake has to offer please see our undergraduate campus visit page for details on how to get in on a visit day, schedule an individual visit, or reach your admission counselor.

Events, Sponsorships & Donations

Events & Sponsorships
Drake University receives dozens of request every year seeking financial support of local community events, galas and fundraisers. Participation and support is dependent on availability of funds, faculty, staff, students, and the University's Academic Calendar

Inquiries regarding event participation and sponsorship should be directed to Ryan Arnold, director of community engagement,


To request Drake athletic donations for an event or fundraiser please complete a Charitable Donation Request form

  • Submission of form does not guarantee the request will be fulfilled, The Drake Athletics Department will fulfill requests for charitable donation when possible
  • Please allow at least two weeks to process your request

Reservable Space and Rooms
All requests for event space and room reservations are made through our Office of Conferences and Event Services. To see our reservable spaces visit Please email with your contact information, description of event, preferred date, type of space you are desiring, time frame, expected number in attendance, etc. Use of event space is subject to rental and staffing fees. 

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