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Beyond the classroom

Community Engagement is a campus-wide initiative that involves many aspects of a student's personal and academic life. From internships and volunteering to classroom projects and research, there are many ways students can connect with the community.

Why should students engage?

Community Engagement prepares educated, engaged citizens who contribute to the public good.

Collin Heyerdahl

Communication Studies Major: Organizational and Professional Communication Emphasis

"The best part about volunteering in the community is that you’re not only helping the community, but you’re bettering yourself."

Hafsa Qazi


"Being involved and being an active part of the research area not only gives you immense amount of education and knowledge, it also fills you up with curiosity to even learn more."

Sophia Kozidis

Geography Major: Environmental Science Concentration

"My internship has prepared me on: how to complete projects based on different deadlines, how to communicate and organize what everyone is required to do, how to work on people skills, and to balance that to get a project done."

Professor Tim Dale, Political Science Public Administration

"A great intern is one who understands that an internship really is the transition that brings them from the college world and the world of school to the world of working."

  • Find opportunities that match your interests, skills, and availability.
  • Service opportunities address community needs and create a deeper sense of belonging.   
  • Volunteer projects may take place on or off campus and could be done independently, as part of a club or organization, or through a course.  
  • See how the work you are doing in the classroom applies in a professional setting.
  • Explore a career, gain relevant experience in a field of choice, and potentially earn academic credit or get paid for your work.  
  • "Test-drive" a career for a single summer or semester to help understand the field.  
  • Apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to help meet the needs of organizations in the community.
  • Enhance your resume and foster stronger connections with people on campus and in the community.
  • Learn about opportunities off campus.
  • Decide on a major or career.

Visit us!

UWL Office of Community Engagement
Cleary Alumni & Friends Center, Room 114
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601