Hey, Eagles! Let's make a difference!

Community Engaged Learning involves fostering mutually beneficial partnerships that enhance student learning, address societal concerns, and improve quality of life by co-creating partnerships that meet community needs.

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."

What is Community Engaged Learning?

Watch Community Engaged Learning in action!

Why do students engage?

Why volunteer?

  • Find opportunities that match your interests, skills, and availability with opportunities at more than 125 community agencies.
  • Service opportunities address community needs and create a deeper sense of community engagement.   
  • Volunteer projects may be on or off campus and could be done independently, as part of a club or organization, or through a course.  

Why take an internship?

  • 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.  

Why take a Community Engaged Learning class? 

  • 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.   
  • Decide on a major or career. 

How can students engage?

What is community-engaged independent study?

  • Students who are interested in pursuing community-based academic endeavors such as research or projects that are developed in conjunction with the expressed needs of a community business or organization should start by securing a faculty mentor (traditionally, within their major or close interest area).
  • A list of over 400 potential mentors is on the Undergraduate Research and Creativity webpage- contact any whose work you find interesting or speak to any of your instructors who may be working on an appropriate project.
    • Graduate students should start with faculty in their home programs.
  • Projects can be completed as a volunteer or for credit, and students can apply for grants to get paid to work on your project.

Community Engaged Learning resources

Visit us!

UWL Office of Community Engagement
Cleary Alumni & Friends Center, Room 104
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601