What is Service Learning?
Service learning is a way for you to gain direct experience in a subject area by taking a service-learning class where you work on the content, ideas, and issues discussed in class through working at a community organization for a couple hours per week. With the support of your instructor, you build a real relationship with a community organization. That relationship is reciprocal: you help the organization meet its goals, and the organization gives you the opportunity to develop professional skills and contacts while applying your academic work to real-world situations.
Take service learning a stop further
The Community Engagement Scholars Program (CESP) allows students to do service learning work under the guidance of program advisors, as well as do written reflection exercises about their participation in order to maximize their experience. This certificate program allows students to do service learning work under the guidance of program advisors, as well as do written reflection exercises about their participation in order to maximize their experience.
Engage Search Engine
Use the Engage! search to discover ways to get involved at the College of Design, the University of Minnesota and in the Twin Cities community.
Engagement opportunities help you:
- build on your academic knowledge through experiences outside of the classroom;
- connect with your campus and broader community;
- learn more about your career interests in a real-world context;
- enhance your understanding of your own goals and strengths.
Need help choosing service and engagement opportunities?