Community-Engaged Learning Opportunities for Students
At UVM, the high-impact practice of service-learning can take many forms, helping students find ways to get involved with many different partners, industries, and communities in Burlington and beyond. Whether you have completed one service-learning course or many, there are opportunities to continue connecting your academic skills and interests to real-world experiences with community partners.
Come talk with us about finding the right opportunity for your interests and read on to discover how you can deepen your college experience through service-learning!
The best way for students to initially get involved in service-learning is to take an academic service-learning course; approximately 80-90 are offered every year. These courses are designated "SL" on the schedule of courses, meaning that they will include a community-engaged element that connects to the academic content. SL courses range from introductory-level to seminars to senior capstones, and may include:
- direct service, interacting directly with a client population or providing needed services
- consultancy, where — instead of volunteering — you are producing a deliverable or working on a professional-level project for your community partner
- community-based research, collecting and/or analyzing data on behalf of a community partner.
CUPS maintains a list of past and present SL courses — check out what's possible!
Every semester CUPS trains a cohort of Service-Learning TAs (SL-TAs) in the pedagogy and practice of service-learning. These SL-TAs are placed directly in designated SL courses to help the students, faculty, and community partners develop strong, meaningful partnerships that benefit everyone involved. Becoming a Service-Learning TA is a great way to gain professional experience, work directly with faculty and students, and make a difference in your community.
Learn more about the SL-TA program and find out how to apply!
To work more closely with a community partner or local employer, students can complete a Service-Learning Internship for academic credit. Contact Tom Wilson in the CUPS Office to learn more.
Work with your professors and/or community partners to develop proposals for undergraduate research scholarships, which provide funding for research projects in collaboration with community partners.
Service-learning doesn't just happen in Burlington; you can travel around the world and engage more deeply in the country you visit through community engagement. Some UVM service-learning courses can involve international travel. In addition, you can pursue service-learning opportunities in study abroad programs.
Last modified April 29 2016 01:11 PM