Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Community-Engaged Learning

Resources for Students

The OCEL 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. 


Co-curricular involvement through student organizations or individual volunteering

Southwestern boasts over 100 student organizations of which a number offer community 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 Community-Engaged Learning.  E-mail us for more information.

Community-engaged learning

 is  one  example  of  community 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 OCEL 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 OCEL 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.