Illinois State University has a variety of opportunities to learn about the community needs and reflect upon the impact of civic action. These experiences are designed to meet the varying needs of college students through campus speakers and partnerships with agencies, governmental bodies and school districts. These programs promote professional development and enhance the student experience.
Making a positive impact in one’s community is at the core of the American culture of citizenship, service and responsibility. Illinois State University advances its public purpose of higher education by strengthening the participation of students in volunteer and community service. Discover the comprehensive range of volunteer and community service opportunities and join along with over 60 million Americans engaged in voluntary activities.
Community-based service learning provides structured opportunities for students to learn and strive through participation in thoughtfully organized involvement. Illinois State University offers a variety of opportunities, which meet mutually identified needs in the local community and broaden the academic experience of students by linking in-class content to community issues. While fostering civic responsibility, service learning promotes the students’ reflection upon the coherence of academic study and community service.
Internships constitute an essential component for the professional and personal enhancement of students. By applying acquired knowledge to real-world challenges, students broaden their educational experience while simultaneously serving their community. Start gathering hands-on experience by contributing your skills and knowledge to social service.
Like an internship, a practicum involves an active learning process. In general, a practicum is part of a course in which theory is put into practice and can thereby cover anything from a practical training to a research session. No compensation is expected for a practicum. The qualification for academic credit depends on the student’s respective curriculum.
A field trip allows students to gain firsthand knowledge and experience away from the classroom. By exploring a place away from your normal environment, field trips significantly enhance the course experience by contextualizing the concepts taught in class. Illinois State University offers a variety of opportunities to embark on field trips, both to national and international locations.
Illinois State University fosters diverse opportunities for student-initiated or student-conducted research aimed at contributing to generalizable knowledge. Students are encouraged to develop research techniques as these constitute a highly valued component of a graduate’s skill set.