As an urban university, service-learning is part of Northeastern’s ethical mission. But more than good works, service-learning on our campus is an academically rigorous experience. Service-Learning is a form of experiential learning involving partnerships between courses and community-based organizations. The partnerships address the needs and interests identified by the community organizations. Through these partnerships with schools, neighborhood agencies, health clinics, and nonprofit organizations, we embed service into academic coursework. Students engage in hands-on service to address community needs, learning by applying course concepts to their experiences, and reflecting on those experiences back in the classroom.
Northeastern students also have valuable opportunities to broaden their knowledge, skills, and social awareness by volunteering in the community outside of their academic curriculum. Our Center of Community Service serves as a resource for service opportunities through its own programs and events, and partnerships with more than 225 community-based agencies and programs.