Types of Opportunities

There are many types of service-learning and volunteer opportunities available with non-profit organizations, schools, hospitals, health care facilities, government agencies, and advocacy groups. Below is a list of current programs and a sample of the types of opportunities available.

ProgramTypes of Opportunities Available
Alternative Breaks Winter & Spring Break volunteer trips working with a variety of social issues throughout the U.S.
Community Administration Accounting/Finance, Assistant, Human Resource Assistant, Fundraising, Grant Writing
Communication Public relations, newsletter publication, marketing/advertising, telecommunications
Community Nutrition Clinical nutrition, dietary assistant, food service, nutrition education, food shelters
Education Tutoring in K-12 in various subjects, classroom aide, after school program aide, literacy programs for adults, GED prep, alternative education
Health Services Dental observer, clinic volunteer, health and fitness education, pharmacy aide, blood room donor, public health work
Mental Health & Human Services Client advocacy, caseworker assistant, patient care assistant, crisis intervention, shelter aide, children’s services, senior citizens
McLaren Greater Lansing OB, Ortho/Tech, Pediatrics, Surgery, PT/Sports Medicine, Emergency Room
Into the Streets One day events: participants go to various non-profit community partners and volunteer in areas of Environmental, Children and Youth, literacy, Health, Hunger and Homelessness
Legislative Issues Constituent work, communications, and possibly research
Museums and Cultural Arts Administration, marketing, curatorial, exhibit design and production, education, public relations
Pre-School & Day Care Teacher assistant, administrative duties, special project work
Pre-Vet Medicine Observing veterinarian and other clinic staff, hands-on work is determined by veterinarian and volunteer
Recreation Leadership Recreation activity leaders, scouting, arts and crafts, sports officiating, boys and girls club, after school recreation leader
Science & Environment Environmental education, consumer information or education, technical demonstration projects, conservation, resource development and research
Senior Citizens Interact with seniors in various settings, lead leisure activities, arts and crafts, play an instrument, read books or magazines to residents, play board games
Short-Term Opportunities One-day and short-term projects such as clothing drives, assisting a nonprofit with a fundraising event, assisting with a special event that lasts from one hour to several hours, such as a social gathering, party, soup kitchen, food bank, homeless shelter, school carnival, and the like
Sparrow Health System Food and nutrition, mother/baby center, outpatient surgery, ob special care, pediatric playroom, diabetes education, ER, Escorts, Peds After Hours, Substance Abuse Care, Hospice
Special Populations Horseback therapeutic riding program for persons with disabilities, tutor/mentor students in resource classrooms
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Provide assistance in preparation of federal, state, and local income taxes for low income individuals, senior citizens, and MSU students
Youth Mentoring Assist youth in development of study skills, empathy and straight talk about important issues, positive activities related to leisure time, development of writing skills, team building, learning to respect others, and activities related to positive youth development

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)"

Carnegie Foundation Logo

2014 Carnegie Foundation "Elective Community Engagement" Classification

Michigan Campus Compact Logo

2014 Michigan Campus Compact "Engaged Campus of the Year"