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Student Opportunities

We connect students to the community through one-time, short-term, or ongoing opportunities to the community.

  • Discuss your personal and professional goals, passions, skills and availability with a 1-1 meeting to get connected to an opportunity best suited for you. 
  • We also offer training and consultation for groups on how to make your service most meaningful for you and the community. 
  • Reach out to us at servicelearning@drake.edu 
  • Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date with the many opportunities available. 

Community engagement & service-learning projects offer students the opportunity to build True Blue Skills, such as critical thinking and problem-solving skills, collaboration,  communication, and global understanding. In other words volunteering can help you build skills for career and community success and prepare you to be a Civic Minded Professional

Remember to include these experiences on your resume! Reach out to our office or Professional and Career Development Services for help on how to do that. 

The following resources are available to students interested in community engagement:

  • Community Engaged Learning Courses - Take a class that integrates academics into the community through service learning, internships, research projects, and more. Search for the "Community Engaged Learning" attribute when searching for classes at course registration time. 
  • Employment opportunities in the Office of Community Engaged Learning exist through the year. Community Engagement Peers are students committed to working with service-learning and community engagement. There are also Federal Work-Study jobs available in the community - search Handshake for these positions. 
  • Programs - There are a number of programs to get involved with such as the SPROUT Community Garden, Next Course Food Recovery, and Changemaker Scholars.
  • Civic Action Week - Held each Spring, Civic Action Week is a campus-wide week-long event for students, faculty, staff and the broader community to educate, engage and encourage collective responses to persistent societal challenges. 
  • National Days of Service - Participate in a National Day of Service like MLK Day of Service or 9/11 Day of Service.
  • Student Service Organizations - See which recognized student organizations have a focus on service to the community.
  • Volunteer Opportunities – volunteer with a local community organization.
  • Service-Learning Mini Grants are available on a first come first serve basis to students designing and participating in service-learning projects.
  • Training and Conferences - A number of local, regional, national, and international conference opportunities exist around the topics of community engagement.
  • Equity Based Service-Learning Toolkit - The Equity Based Service-Learning Toolkit is designed to provide you with guidance and resources on diversity, inclusion, and access around equitable service experiences. 
  • Fellowships- Check out fellowship opportunities available to students participating in social change and community engagement.
  • Awards - Check out award opportunities available to students participating in social change and community engagement.
  • Partner Development Looking to form a partnership with a local nonprofit? Look at these resources first. 
  • Post-Graduate Opportunities – CEL staff are knowledgeable about and can provide information on programs like AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps.
  • Pathways for Civic & Social Change - There are many ways to create change, it doesn't just look one way. Learn about your preferred ways to take change through an assessment and consultation. Or learn about the many strategies it takes to solve an issue such as homelessness. 
  • Election Resources - Learn about registering to vote, requesting an absentee ballot request form, resources for researching candidates and more. 
  • Scholarships - Learn about scholarship opportunities
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