Here are some places to start.
Volunteering and Internships
Look for opportunities through VolunteerMatch, a searchable database for internships and volunteer opportunities.
Community-Based Teaching and Scholarship
There are many ways for graduate students to get involved in community-based teaching and scholarship.
Partner with the American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) program. ACES — a partnership of the Public Service Center and the American Cultures Center — offers graduate students and undergraduate students the opportunity to support the development and implementation of a community-engaged course. Applications and information will be available on the American Cultures ACES webpage when the program is recruiting.
Join the Graduate Learning Community in Scholar-Activism program. Join this learning community to explore what it means to balance, navigate, and connect your social justice commitments with your academic endeavors. Applications and information will be available on the American Cultures ACES webpage when the program is recruiting.
Join the Graduate Students Engaged Scholarship Google Group. Members send out periodic emails on campus and community happenings around engaged scholarship, relevant workshops, and resources for publishing and funding. You can also join the graduate student Community Engaged Scholars Facebook group.
Support the facilitation of a Public Service Center program. Some Public Service Center programs utilize Graduate Assistants to co-manage programs, facilitate training and reflection, and provide 1-1 mentoring to undergraduate students engaged in public service. If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will connect you with any open opportunities.
Apply for the Chancellor's Awards for Public Service. Each year, the Chancellor honors the work of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, staff, and community partnerships that demonstrate outstanding contributions to the public good. Nominations open in February each year; recipients are selected in March and honored at a public reception at the end of spring semester.
Explore a variety of resources about how you can make a difference through your research and teaching, including engaged scholarship and community partner toolkits.