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Engaged Citizen Corps

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

Drake University's Engaged Citizen Corps is a program for first-year students that integrates academics and civic engagement.  It exposes members to issues of social justice while providing them hands-on experience that impact the Des Moines community. Members are enrolled in the Campus Compact AmeriCorps Program, where they serve weekly service-learning hours with a local non-profit, all the while making connections between their community experiences and academic pursuits. The service is directly integrated into the assignments and activities of 2 courses plus a year-long seminar (9 credits total). Service sites represent agencies working across multiple areas including youth development, affordable housing, poverty and homelessness, and more. 

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  • Receive an approximate $3,000 Engaged Citizen Benefits Package, including a $1,300 AmeriCorps Education Award received at the completion of the program to be used toward 2nd year tuition; and a $1,700 Housing Scholarship toward room and board (not to exceed full cost of room and board). *
  • Advanced registration for 2 AOI courses typically reserved for sophomores and above
  • Reserved spot at Orientation Session/class registration session 
  • Professional development and training opportunities, including attendance to local conferences
  • Resume building (True Blue Skills Flyer)
  • Networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to gain an understanding of nonprofit work
  • Community involvement through service
  • Opportunity to live in the same residence hall as cohort members, providing a living, learning experience
Student Requirements
  • Complete the Engaged Citizen Corps application by March 1, 2021 at midnight, CST. Students may be selected for a video interview. 
  • Must be admitted to Drake University at time of offer. See the Drake Admission's page for Undergraduate Admissions Information or contact an Admissions Counselor.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S. (The Engaged Citizen Corps is tied to AmeriCorps, which is a federally-run program). 
  • Must be able to meet the time commitment.  Members will complete a 9-month service internship, serving 8-10 hours/week with a partner agency (300 hours in total), in addition to the coursework.
  • Members will take 9 credits together as a cohort:
    • Fall - First Year Seminar class, FYS 024, Toxic Charity: A Critical Look at Service Learning (3 credits)
    • Fall & Spring - INTD 020, Engaged Citizen Corps Seminar (1.5 credits each semester; passing both semesters fulfills the Engaged Citizen AOI)
    • J-Term - Information Literacy (online and asynchronous); (3 credits, fulfills Info Lit AOI)
  • Members will be expected to reflect critically on their experience and the impact to the community and him or herself.

Students of color and first generation students are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information. You can also contact  Amanda Martin at (515)-271-2767 or email

*Are you a non-profit interested in hosting an Engaged Citizen Corps member? Click here for more information. 

**Information subject to change. Program is dependent on receiving funding.

Thank you to Iowa Campus Compact and the Campus Compact AmeriCorps Program for the grant to allow us to offer this program. Partial funding is provided through this grant. 

This program was selected as the winner for the national Service + Higher Ed Innovation Challenge in 2015 and the 2020 Iowa Campus Compact Emerging Innovation Award. 

                         . Red Badge recognizing Drake as a 2020 Iowa Campus Compact Emerging Innovation Award Winner                     .                       


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