Service-learning and volunteering are experiential learning opportunities similar to, but different from internships.

Service-learning and volunteerism create civic mindedness by building an engaged campus through the promotion of service volunteerism to students, faculty and staff in order to strengthen our local, national and global communities.

Service-learning courses connect theory to practice and to contribute to their communities through participation in projects developed by faculty in collaboration with community partners. This type of structured engagement allows for the development of reciprocal relationships between the faculty and community partners, USM and local communities. It also provides hands-on experiences for students to apply classroom learning in real-world settings, which studies have shown increase comprehension and understanding of skill applicability as well as better soft and hard skills in employment after graduation.

The University of Southern Maine provides an academic environment that cultivates leaders who, upon graduation, are ready to lead and are excited to remain engaged in the communities where they live and work.

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Sloane Justice-Rose, MS

Service-Learning and Volunteering Specialist

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