What's the Difference Between Volunteering, Internships and 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.
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.
For a complete list of approved partners, visit the Experiential Education Partner Database.
If a student opts to serve at a non-approved site, the student must assume all responsibility and liability for the service experience.
Resources for new and continuing Service-Learning instructors are listed below. Contact us for
- Adding or Repeating Service-Learning in a class? Let us know!
Complete the Instructor Interest Form.
- Syllabus Statement for Service-Learning classes
- Student Assumption of Risk Form
- Sample Proposal Form for Student Service Projects
- Time Log to Track and Verify Service Hours
Interested in becoming a community partner?
Contact the GateWay Service Learning & Civic Engagement Office at (602) 286- 8152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.