What's the Difference Between Volunteering, Internships and Service-Learning?

Service Learning Volunteering is performing a service or good work, but it is not necessarily connected to classroom instruction. Internships involve hands-on learning experiences but there may be little or no emphasis on service. Service-learning focuses equally on the service being provided and the learning taking place. Service-learning meets a learning goal and involves reflection.

Our Purpose

The vision and mission of service learning connect to the vision, mission, and learning outcomes of GateWay Community College.


Working together to inspire individuals to be engaged citizens. 


To promote excellence in teaching and learning through civic engagement programs that:

  • cultivate learning-service
  • collaborate with the community
  • develop co-curricular service projects
  • encourage civic and servant leadership
  • foster social responsibility
  • promote personal growth

We work to ensure that our department makes a difference, even if it is only to one person.


Access forms needed for your Service-Learning project here! Every Service-Learning student must
complete and submit an Assumption of Risk form before service begins. Please consult with your
instructor about additional forms required.

Selecting a Site for Service

It is recommended that students select an approved community partner for Service-Learning projects.
Click here for a list of approved partners.


Resources for new and continuing Service-Learning instructors are listed below. Contact us for
additional assistance.

Interested in becoming a community partner?

Contact the GateWay Service Learning & Civic Engagement Office at