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.


Types 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


Public relations, newsletter publication, marketing/advertising, telecommunications

Community Nutrition

Clinical nutrition, dietary assistant, food service, nutrition education, food shelters


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

Spartan Days of Service

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"