Service-Learning, Internships, and Volunteerism
Although all are experiential and contribute to the community, service-learning partnerships transcend volunteerism by requiring reflective practice of new knowledge and skills. In addition, service-learning provides a diversity of opportunities for contextualized learning and stresses interaction and feedback. Though internships and volunteerism provide outstanding avenues for community engagement, service-learning unites course content and community experience.
|Develops skills and knowledge of a specific field to prepare for future employment||Contextualizes and animates course content through active, hands-on learning||Provides labor or services to improve community|
|Not necessarily service-oriented||Fosters reciprocity between community partners and higher education||Often unconnected to course content|
|Does not often provide credit towards a single course, but may be a prerequisite for degree completion||Always in conjunction with a credit-bearing academic course||May sometimes be required in a course, but is not intimately tied to course content|
|Commitment is to the internship site; there may or may not be course meetings associated||One component of a regular course||Commitment is to community, not necessarily a particular course|
|Can be paid or unpaid||Uncompensated||Uncompensated|