How does this work?

Service placements can be as short as one afternoon or as long as a semester or academic year. Many students serve in the East Lansing and Lansing area through short-term community projects or sustained placements (2-6 hours per week for a semester). Others serve at national and international sites through week-long alternative breaks.

CSLCE's database of placement opportunities is keyed to suitability for academic discipline and course content. Enrollment is easy with online sign-up. 

For many placements, no prior experience is needed; the community organizations provide orientation and training. The only requirements for a successful service-learning experience are the desire to address social needs or civic issues, commitment to the service, and willingness to grow personally, academically, professionally, and civically.

Awards and Recognition

In recognition of the service and engagement of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners, Michigan State University was awarded the following prestigious awards in 2014

U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Logo

2014 U.S. President's "Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (with Distinction)"

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2014 Carnegie Foundation "Elective Community Engagement" Classification

Michigan Campus Compact Logo

2014 Michigan Campus Compact "Engaged Campus of the Year"