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 UChicago students work and volunteer in local schools and community organizations. On campus and off, 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.
Are you a student who wants to be involved in civic engagement at UChicago, but aren’t sure where to start? Do you have an idea you’d like help getting off the ground? Would you like to kickstart your own engagement by getting connected to our network of civic engagement program leaders on and off campus? Fill out this form to let us know a little bit about your interests, and someone from our staff team will get in touch shortly.
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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.Learn more
Neighborhood Schools Program
The Neighborhood Schools Program is a community outreach program creating pathways of engagement between the University and local schools.Learn more
Community Programs Accelerator
The Community Programs Accelerator helps equip nonprofits that serve the South Side with tools and resources to fulfill their unique missions.Learn more
Chicago Bound is a pre-orientation experience, sponsored by the University Community Service Center in partnership with the Institute of Politics, aimed at giving you a solid foundation to become a well-informed, active member of the city so that you can break out of the UChicago bubble and make the most of your college experience. You can begin engaging with Chicago Bound content and events virtually in August, and you can also apply to take part in our in-person cohort experience, from September 14-19, during which we engage with different community partners around the city!Learn more
Community Service Fund
The CSF is a funding body that allocates part of the Student Activities Fee toward events that are focused on community service.Learn more
Summer Links is a 10-week summer internship program where students are hired by a community program or organization to work as a summer intern. The cohort is made up of students from a range of majors who are committed to public service, community building, and social change.Learn more
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.
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