Our passionate, dedicated students reach beyond our campus to take part in the life of our city and use their talents to support our neighboring communities.
Each year, thousands of our students work and volunteer in local schools and community organizations in Chicago. On campus and off, our students are empowered to challenge conventional thinking as they confront some of the most pressing challenges of our time.
Working alongside neighborhood partners, our students engage with the broader community, build lasting relationships, and expand their horizons as they bring their energy, enthusiasm, and fresh ideas to classrooms, community centers, and civic institutions across the city.
By becoming active participants in civic life, students make a valuable and lasting contribution to Chicago during their college years. Through these activities, they also hone their skills, broaden their worldviews, and develop a commitment to civic engagement that will shape and enrich the rest of their lives.
University Community Service Center staff are available to meet with students for one-on-one or small group advising on a variety of topics related to social change and community engagement. Some topics include how to start a program with a community partner, RSO development or support, postgraduate service opportunities, community-engaged research opportunities, devising effective methods for program assessment and evaluation, job skills and professionalism in the nonprofit sector, and many others.
To identify interesting service and civic engagement experiences, individuals may meet with the Civic Match team, a peer-to-peer conversational resource available to all undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Chicago. The team will meet with you to learn about your interests and help you create a path into the kind of civic engagement work that is most appealing to you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. To discuss partnership development and other kinds of organizational support for RSOs and other student-led organizations, individuals may connect with the Student Organizations team. Email email@example.com.
Find paid and volunteer opportunities with Office of Civic Engagement programs: Civic Knowledge Project, Collegiate Scholars Program, Community Programs Accelerator, Neighborhood Schools Program, Office of Special Programs-College Prep, and University Community Service Center.
Neighborhood Schools Program
The Neighborhood Schools Program is a community outreach program creating pathways of engagement between the University and local schools.
Community Programs Accelerator
Through partnerships with industry practitioners and connections to University resources, the Community Programs Accelerator provides technical assistance to help develop and strengthen community-based organizations on the South Side.
Short and Long-Term Civic Engagement Opportunities
The UCSC organizes civic engagement opportunities throughout the year, in both short- and long-term formats.
Summer Links is a 10-week summer internship program in which students are hired by a community program or organization to work as a summer intern
Alternative Spring Break
A cohort of 15 undergraduates live, learn, and work together at an organization that is based within Chicago’s Woodlawn community.
Maroon Tutor Match
“Maroon Tutor Match helped me learn to work with people — not just students and families, but tutors as well — who were very different from me and had different priorities and struggles. Getting a better understanding of where people are coming from is invaluable.” -Akanksha Shah '17
"I think there is a future where data can be used to genuinely connect people with services who need it the most, and who are currently disconnected from support."
Student Civic Engagement Center
Home to the University’s two largest student civic engagement programs – the Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP) and University Community Service Center (UCSC) -- the Student Civic Engagement Center is a central hub for student civic engagement activities on campus.
6030 S. Ellis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637