Service Learning Opportunities
Placements are available for students performing the experiential learning component of an undergraduate college course to enhance their understanding of course content. Placements are one semester and experiential requirements are often loosely defined with the main purpose being to learn by doing. Hours requirements typically range from 20-200 hours per semester. Service learning placements are available fall, spring and summer.
Service Learning Requirements
All applicants must be students in good academic standing, have some previous field experience, and have a strong interest in engaging with low-income and culturally diverse youth and adult populations. Some positions require Spanish fluency.
Service learners are supervised by staff in the programs in which they serve. While there are no formal weekly supervision meetings, supervising staff provide ongoing support and feedback and schedule periodic formal meetings if necessary.
How & When to ApplyApplicants must submit an NVFS Volunteer Application Form, resume/curriculum vitae and three references (at least one must be from an academic advisor or instructor).
Applications should be submitted to one of our Community & Volunteer Engagement Specialists:
- Navara Cannon, firstname.lastname@example.org (positions in Prince William County and SERVE campus)
- Jamie Johnson, email@example.com (positions in Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun counties)
- Meagan Perkins, firstname.lastname@example.org (positions at Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter)
- Paola Torres, email@example.com (Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Shelter, Woodbridge)
- Applications are reviewed by the Community & Volunteer Engagement Specialist who schedules a phone or in-person screening interview.
- Specialist then refers qualified applicants to the appropriate supervising staff member who reviews applications and may contact the applicant to schedule an in-person interview.
- The Specialist and staff supervisor make final selections and contact applicants to offer placement or notifying them if they haven't been selected.