Community-Engaged Learning aims to serve as a bridge between the SU campus and Georgetown’s organizations. Our goal is to develop meaningful, sustainable partnerships with community organizations that are working to address Georgetown’s pressing issues.
Southwestern students support nonprofit organizations as volunteers, community-engage learners, or interns. If you are interested in partnering with Southwestern, please contact Dr. Sarah Brackmann at Brackmas@southwestern.edu.
COMMUNITY SERVICE/VOLUNTEERING COMMUNITY-ENGAGED LEARNING INTERNSHIPS Primary Focus Providing meaningful service to nonprofits or community organizations Providing meaningful service and intentional learning Learning by practical application and developing professional skills Educational Purpose/ Benefits
- Personal/social growth and development
- Increased awareness of social problems
- Immediate needs are met
- Academic learning
- Intellectual growth
- Increasing sense of civic engagement
- Deeper understanding of the structural causes of complex social issues
Capacity building to address unmet needs
- Programs become more sustainable
- Career development
- Practical and hands-on application of skills/knowledge
- Career networking
- Increases organization’s visibility on campus and in community
- Capacity to complete a specific program or project
Nature of Activity Based on student’s interest/motivation Based on course topics and learning goals Based on industry or career and learning goals Length of Time Usually one time
Full semester, typically during the academic year.
- Fall 2020: August 24–December 4
- Spring 2021: January 11–April 28
Full semester during the academic semester.
- Summer -6+ weeks
- Fall/Spring -10+ weeks
- 120 site hours
- Partnering with SU student organizations
- Participating as a host site for the BIG Event.
- Spanish III where SU intermediate Spanish students assist in dual language classrooms or ESL programs
- Social Media Intern
- Fundraising Intern
Please share your volunteer and internship needs on Southwestern University’s free HireSU job board.
These might include the following sorts of activities:
Creating digital and other social media content, print program materials, or other methods for information-sharing
Undertaking assessment, evaluation, or feedback via phone or web-based services
Offering (or compiling, researching, or brainstorming) strategies that provide indirect support from volunteers
Working with you to support educational programming for youth and adults
Investigating grant or funding opportunities for your organization
Developing plans or tools for future program assessment
Conducting background research or gathering best practices or other information that will support your programming