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CLARKIES IN THE COMMUNITY

How Will You Get Involved?

For many students, getting involved is one of their most empowering and memorable experiences at Clark. Some students volunteer on an ongoing basis, supporting the work of local organizations, while others embrace advocacy, raising awareness about causes ranging from health care to social justice. Often, community engagement is woven into the academic experience through course-based projects, internships, or collaborative research.

Many students volunteer regularly, often two to four hours per week, to support an organization whose mission they believe in. If you can’t make a regular commitment, you can volunteer through days of service, like the Regional Environmental Council’s Earth Day Cleanups, and Working for Worcester.

Many faculty include a community-based learning component in their courses. Depending on the subject matter, this could include course projects, research, observation hours, or volunteering. When you pick courses, take a look at the descriptions.

Clark has more than 20 student groups focused on issues related to social justice, advocacy, and volunteering. Visit the Involvement Fair during the first week of classes, or check out the group profiles on Collegiate LINK.

Internships are a great way to build professional skills, and many local organizations accept interns during the academic year and during the summer. Nonprofits often don’t have the resources to pay their interns, so check out Clark’s Academic Internship Program and Clark-specific funding sources.

Clark University’s Community-Based Student Employment (CBSE) program partners with organizations from the local Worcester community to offer paid, part-time jobs for undergraduate students. The program aims to strengthen campus-community partnerships by supporting positions that address the needs of community partners while providing Clark students with valuable work experience and a deeper understanding of the neighborhood.

Examples of positions hosted through the CBSE program include communications coordinator at the Main South Community Development Corporation; mobile farmers’ market assistant at the Regional Environmental Council; and Academic Success Program assistant at the Boys and Girls Club.

To apply for these positions, you must receive a work-study award in your financial aid package. View any current openings and apply through Handshake.

Additional information about Clark University’s undergraduate student employment program is available here.

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Contact Information

Community Engagement and Volunteering

Reach Out
  • Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center (ASEC), 209B
  • Drop-In Hours:
    Weekdays, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
  • community[at]clarku[dot]edu
  • 1-508-793-8815