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Civic Engagement

Resources for Students

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How does the Office of Civic Engagement support students? 

The OCE works with students and student organizations to assist them in developing connections and partnerships with Georgetown’s non-profit organizations.  We encourage students to move beyond Southwestern’s campus and be active citizens within the community through volunteering, direct action, sustained projects, advocacy and activism. Examples of civic engagement include:

  • Co-curricular involvement through student organizations or individual volunteering;

    Southwestern boasts over 100 student organizations of which a number offer civic engagement opportunities. Students who are interested in discussing opportunities for connecting their passions and education with local organizations that are working to address those same issues, should schedule a meeting with the Office of Civic Engagement.  E-mail us for more information.

  • Community-engaged learning;

     is  one  example  of  civic  engagement  whereby  students  apply academic  skills  and  knowledge  to  address  a  community  need,  issue,  or  problem  and  to  enhance  student  learning. Consider registering for a CEL course which has a civic engagement component that requires active participation within the community. The OCE employs student assistants as CELTAs – Community Engaged Learning Teaching Assistants.
  • Community-engaged research;

    is a collaborative process between the researcher and community partner that creates and disseminates knowledge and creative expression with the goal of contributing to the discipline and strengthening the well-being of the community.

  • Internships with nonprofits; 

    The OCE works collaboratively with Career Services to help interested students identify internships with additional local nonprofits.  Opportunities include youth initiatives, social services, marketing, communication, research, development, etc.  Academic credit is also often available.