As an urban university, service-learning is part of Northeastern’s ethical mission. But more than good works, service-learning at Northeastern is an academically rigorous experience. Through partnerships with schools, neighborhood agencies, health clinics, and nonprofit organizations, the university embeds 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.
A full list of Northeastern service-learning courses available by semester is available on the service-learning website. Many of the Dialogue of Civilizations study abroad programs also integrate service-learning into their curricula. For example, students in Israel spend time working in a community garden.
Students in the Jewish Studies Module, the capstone course for the Jewish studies minor that allows students to bring their major and minor fields together, may also fulfill the course requirement through a service-learning project. Recent examples include creating a teen volunteer recruitment video for Gateways, a non-profit dedicated to making Jewish education accessible for children with special needs, and learning about sustainable agriculture through an alternative spring break trip to New Orleans with the Jewish Farm School.
Many Jewish studies students also engage in service-learning outside the classroom structure through a variety of Jewish-affiliated alternative spring break programs. Students also have valuable opportunities to broaden their knowledge, skills, and social awareness by volunteering in the community outside of their academic curriculum. The Northeastern Center of Community Service serves as a clearinghouse for service opportunities through its own programs and events, and partnerships with more than 225 community-based agencies and programs.