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.
CELO maintains a list of past and present SL courses — check out what's possible!
Service-Learning Teaching Assistant (SLTA) Program
Every semester CELO trains a cohort of Service-Learning Teaching Assistants (SLTAs) in the pedagogy and practice of service-learning. These SLTAs 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 SLTA 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the CELO 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.