Office of Service Learning

Student Opportunities & Resources

Service Learning is the term used to describe a community-based approach to education that combines meaningful community service, critical reflection, and civic education to enhance the academic learning in a particular course.

Through service learning, you have the opportunity to:

  • Enhance your understanding of classroom concepts by putting them into practice
  • Utilize your unique skills and talents to work in solidarity with the community to create a more just and equitable world
  • Develop a reflective practice that enables you to think critically

Look for Service Learning Courses in the Course Booklet (designated as SERL)

Frequently Asked Questions

Leadership, Service and Internship Opportunities

Through the Office of Service Learning (OSL), students have the opportunity to build on their service-learning course experiences through leadership as a Service Learning Associate, internships with community-based organizations, and journal publication. See the links below for more information or contact the OSL to make an appointment to discuss opportunities further.

Service Learning Associates - Learn more information about this student leadership opportunity

Global Service Learning Scholarships -learn more below and download the application here

The OSL provides up to five scholarships per year to students enrolled in service-learning courses that include a travel/immersion component. Scholarships are reviewed on a rolling basis. Students are strongly encouraged to submit applications at least 3 months prior to the date of travel.  Download the application or contact the OSL with any questions.

Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service
Summer 2015: Two program options: 4-week or 8-week
Priority Application Deadline: February 10

Questions may be directed to IPVS Program Manager Jesse Schaefer, at or 202.986.0384.

Research and Publication Opportunities

Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research

The Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research will publish written work by undergraduates in the following six categories. In each category, a published piece will contribute to the existing knowledge in a particular subject area.


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