USM offers an increasing number of service-learning courses, giving you opportunities to put your learning into practice to meet needs in the local community.
What is Service Learning?
Service-learning is a credit-bearing, educational experience combining academic instruction with a community service experience. In partnership with local organizations, students in service-learning courses apply the knowledge and analytical skills gained in the classroom to address social, environmental and cultural issues within the community. Students complete service-learning projects both to expand their understanding of a subject and to benefit the community partner.
Distinct from internships, service-learning is a classroom-linked exposure to careers and problems being addressed in the real world rather than a capstone experience at the end of your studies.