There are many ways you can get involved off campus – through volunteer work, internships, and course-based projects – to enhance your on campus experience. There are many ways you can get involved off campus – through volunteer work, internships, and course-based projects – to enhance your on campus experience.
Reach out and get involved
Drop by the Community Engagement office. Stop by the Alumni Student Engagement Center between 2 and 4 p.m. any Monday through Thursday to discuss different ways to become involved with community organizations.
Make an appointment. Micki Davis, Director of Community Engagement, and Ben Gardner, Coordinator of Student Programs, will help you find or create an opportunity that suits your interests and meets the needs of the community. Come to your appointment prepared to talk about your personal and academic passions so the staff can help you find the right opportunity.
Attend the Community Engagement and Internship Fair. Each September, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with representatives from local organizations who come to campus to discuss volunteer work, activism, advocacy and outreach. The fair is a fun and effective way to learn about organizations, network and explore what areas of community outreach inspire you.
Check out the Clark Recruiter. The Clark Recruiter is the LEEP Center’s job, internship, and volunteer database for students like you to stay up-to-date on community organizations looking to connect. If you can’t attend the Community Engagement and Internship Fair, this is an alternate way to get in touch with organizations both inside and outside of Worcester that Clark has partnered with in the past.
Connect with your LEEP Adviser. Your LEEP Adviser can help you to explore your areas of interest and create connections within the community.
Consider creating a LEEP Project. LEEP Projects allow you to work with an organization on a self-designed project, ranging from independent research to supervised internships and more. LEEP Projects create close ties between organizational sponsors and Clark students interested in experiential learning.
Connect with your Faculty Adviser. Your faculty adviser likely has connections in Worcester already. Ask them if they can connect you to an organization or know of any volunteer opportunities.
Talk to your peers. Your peers are some of your best resources in building community connections. Chat with fellow students who have already worked in the community or have an off-campus job, internship or volunteer position. Ask how they built these connections, what the benefit has been in working with community partners, and how these experiences have affected their personal and academic trajectories.
Check out student clubs. Often, Clark student clubs are involved with local organizations and community partners. Some examples of community-minded clubs are All Kinds of Girls (AKOG), Clark University Brothers and Sisters (CUBS) and Clark University Student Action for Refugees (STAR). The LINK website has a full list of student organizations with full descriptions. Browse the website to see which club matches your interests.