The Center for Civic Engagement can help you to connect with communities beyond our campus through relationships with local non-profits, community organizations, government agencies, federal programs like Teach for America, and school districts within Madison and the broader Northern New Jersey area. Take a look below for opportunities for career exploration, experience working in diverse communities, and the chance to build your professional network.
While we may not be able to serve in person, there are many opportunities to volunteer remotely, from the safety of our homes.
View our robust resource list categorized by activity, impact area, or beneficiaries here! If you see an opportunity that interests you, contact them to ask if it might be possible to do the work as an internship!
Launch Career Communities are the go-to hubs for networking with others and connecting with events, resources and opportunities in 10 broad career areas. Who will you meet here? A career-focused crew of students, alumnx, faculty and more.
The Social Impact, Education, Law & Government career community brings together members of the Drewniverse who are seeking pathways to prepare the next generation of leaders committed to bettering their communities, or pursuing careers and opportunities to advocate for issues they care about and serve the public good. This is a space where everyone can share ways of working in and with community-based organizations, government agencies, schools, and other organizations committed to improving the lives of others.
FilmBoot24 is a Young Filmmakers Weekend Bootcamp & Film Festival. This program is a collaboration of community educators and artists that focuses on at-risk students. High school students from Orange, NJ, are matched in teams with Drew students, staff and faculty, along with professional writers, filmmakers and artists who will act as mentors. Each team has 24-hours to produce a short film, based on a theme assigned to them. Judges review submissions and select finalists which are presented at the film festival and screening.
This annual event will be held the weekend of November 12 – 14, 2021!
Community organizations play a key role in providing meaningful civic engagement opportunities that are reciprocal and mutually beneficial to both Drew students, faculty and staff and to the organizations. The Center for Civic Engagement develops and stewards partnerships with local community organizations to provide civic engagement opportunities and internships for Drew students and for faculty members teaching community-based learning courses. Listed below are some of our community partners with whom we work. Check out their websites for more information about the valuable work that they do. Get inspired! Get engaged!
You may direct any questions about our partners to our Assistant Director, Amy Sugerman, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-408-3069.
* Indicates that in addition to other opportunities, we work with this community partner to place our First Year Civic Scholars for their weekly community service hours.
Volunteer Without Borders (formerly known as the Volunteer Resource Center) was redesigned to focus on providing immersive educational service experiences (both domestic and international) to Drew students at a reasonable cost. Students travel beyond our geographical and experiential borders to gain perspective as a world citizen and engage with people from backgrounds unlike their own. Three one-week trips run per year over winter, spring, and summer breaks. Each trip has a different issue focus like homelessness, environmental action, access to childcare, or rebuilding after natural disasters. Students learn to engage in service in a meaningful and impactful way.
For more information and/or to be added to our mailing list, please contact email@example.com
The Drew Honduras Project is a student-run volunteer program with faculty advisement. Students make plans, develop community partnerships in Honduras and the Dominican Republic, raise funds and organize the trip. In the process, they refine leadership and interpersonal skills, organizational strategies, understanding of budgeting, and knowledge of fundraising methods. They live the “Drew and Do” credo, and learn what it means to share knowledge and use education with the highest of impacts. Applications due mid-September on their page.
Volunteer throughout New Jersey when you want, where you want, with no long-term commitment. Volunteering with Jersey Cares is easy; once you have registered and logged in, choose from hundreds of opportunities in our Volunteer Opportunity Calendar, participate in an Annual Event, or run a Collection Drive. Start making a difference today!
The mission of the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism is to support NJ’s 1.6 million volunteers with training and recognition while matching community needs in partnership with volunteer centers, disaster response organizations, business volunteers, schools, colleges, faith-based organizations and community organizations. Fill out this form to be contacted with volunteer opportunities as they arise.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans to heed the national call to service through its core programs — Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund. CNCS harnesses America’s most powerful resource: the energy and talents of our citizens.
Community service is a tradition at Drew, watch a video about their service trip to the Community Food Bank.