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Community Engagement Programs: University Service-Learning

Service Internship Criteria

USL students provide consistent weekly service hours throughout
an 8-15 week semester

Through approved service internships, USL students must:

  • engage in activities that support community outreach serving a population in need
  • learn about the Community Partner, its mission, its daily operations, and how their service activities forward the organization’s mission
  • be able to connect the Community Partner’s mission and goals to its impact on the community and social justice issues facing the community
  • engage in direct service activities (interacting with the population served or the public) for at least 60% of required service hours*
  • not be assigned clerical, general office, accounting, bookkeeping, data entry, or administrative assistant-type tasks.
  • engage in appropriate service activities totaling 70 or 100 hours (depending upon course in which student is enrolled), spread throughout the academic semester:
    SPRING mid January – early May approximately 4.5 or 7.5 hours / week
    SUMMER late May – late July approximately 9 or 15 hours / week
    FALL late August – early December approximately 4.5 or 7.5 hours / week

See USL Courses Service Requirements for details on direct vs. indirect service and prohibited tasks.
See the Community Partner Handbook for full partnership details.
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Examples of appropriate service tasks

  • Conduct outreach at community events
  • Teach ESL courses
  • Teach civics and/or citizenship classes
  • Solicit in-kind and monetary donations
  • Call prospective donors
  • Recruit and organize volunteers
  • Serve food at a homeless shelter
  • Advocate for environmental policy change
  • Care for hospice patients and their families
  • Interview small business owners
  • Exercise with physically disabled children
  • Bring theater arts to at-risk youth and senior citizens
  • Educate the public about sex trafficking
  • Facilitate financial education classes
  • Prepare free tax returns for low-income residents
  • Serve as a peer leader for LBGTQA ASU students
  • Work with classroom teacher to create and teach lessons directly to children
  • Tutor academically at-risk children
  • Assist girls in juvenile justice system with online studies
  • Provide in-class assistance for struggling children
  • Mentor children to increase college-going aspirations
  • Lead children in service projects
  • Lead sports/fitness, art, or drama activities
  • Tech coach for women in transition
  • Provide therapeutic horseback riding lessons for special needs groups
  • Conduct parenting and literacy classes for those without a high school diploma
  • Address health and wellness disparities in minority communities
  • Coordinate instrument drives for under-resourced schools
  • Support and coach pregnant teens or abused women
  • Organize activities addressing water sustainability

Thank you for sending interns our way. We can't wait to get a new USL crew! Nickea has been terrific AND Kira is still volunteering since last year!!”

– Tamera Zivic, WHEAT

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