Student community engaged learning

Students

92% of students, who took an Engaged Learning course at Iowa, agree that their project helped them better understand the role of a professional in their field

 

Community engaged learning courses provide opportunities for students to apply the technical skills and knowledge learned throughout their academic career to work with community partners to solve the economic, environmental, social-cultural and public health challenges facing our world today. These courses not only deepen student understanding of their academic studies, but they also serve as a professional development opportunity.  Community engagement connects students with professionals in their field, providing them with resume-boosting experiences while building critical skillsets like communication and project management that employers are looking for in today’s job market.    

The Office of Community Engagement facilitates community engaged learning for students across campus primarily through workshops and trainings and by supporting numerous campus and community partners who are working with engaged students. 

Students are encouraged to visit the Office of Community Engagement’s resources page for more information about upcoming trainings and workshops around community engagement.

    Campus resources for engaged students

    • For students interested in volunteer opportunities, community service or ways to connect with student organizations, please visit the Office of Leadership, Service and Civic Engagement, housed within the Office of the Dean of Students in the Division of Student Life. Programming helps students develop lifelong leadership skills, offers incredible experiential  learning, and provides civic engagement opportunities to students both on and off campus.
    • Graduate students seeking to integrate community engagement into their research and teaching are strongly encouraged to apply for the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies’ Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy. This institute over Winter Break trains graduate students on how community engagement can enhance their teaching, learning and research. 
    • Students are encouraged to incorporate their community-engaged learning experiences into their resumes. Employers are looking for students with experience working in their field of study, and community-engaged learning experiences, coupled with internships and volunteer service will make your resume stand out. For information on how to incorporate community-engagement into your resume, contact your academic advisor or visit the Pomerantz Career Center website.