Volunteer Service

information for students in the Penn State College of Education concerning volunteer service.

During the past year, several thousand Penn State students representing all majors and locations within the University performed several hundred thousand hours of documented community service.

Service learning clearly is an integral part of Penn State's land grant mission. The University offers public service opportunities through credit courses, internships, outreach and cooperative extension, student organizations and the Center for Student Engagement. The Center provides students with opportunities to become involved with volunteer service and leadership activities.  Service Learning Coordinators in the Center offer individual consultations with students to match their interests and schedules with a variety of involvement opportunities.  Some of the service learning opportunities available to students at University Park include The Penn State Service Trip program, Lions Share, Into the Streets, and Involvement/Volunteer Fairs.

Nearly every college and many campuses at Penn State incorporate service learning in credit courses, offer service internships or encourage students to collaborate in projects that benefit local communities.

All teacher certification candidates must fulfill a service/work experience requirement related to their professional interests. The Education Work Experience Documentation Form must be used to document this experience. A copy of this form can be picked up at the Advising and Certification Center office in 228 Chambers Building.