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Ways to Partner

Drake University partners with a variety of groups and organizations to fulfill community-identified needs, expand student learning, and leverage shared  resources for the greater good.

Community Engaged Learning Partnerships specifically support Drake's mission to prepare educated and engaged citizens. We seek partnerships that emphasize community voice - collaborating with community groups and organizations to identify issues and strategies while engaging students in democratic processes and civic responsibility.


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. 

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). Priorit isy given to organizations serving low-income and historically marginalized students. For more information on the self-guided tour contact us today.

Contact to request a visit.

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 & Donations


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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