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  Link:  http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/ Information on volunteering and civic engagement from the Corporation for National & Community Service.  

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Our Mission To empower students and alumni to live, learn, and work with meaning and purpose Our Logo CLS programs and services aim to foster a holistic understanding of success and purpose, preparing students to thrive professionally, civically, and personally. Our logo...
Curricular Service-Learning The Service Learning and Civic Engagement Program provides direct and indirect support to faculty, students, and local community partners as they embark together in community-based, experiential learning projects. Service-learning and civic engagement...
Guidelines for Submitting Scholarship/Fellowship Application Materials In submitting applications for scholarships and fellowships, please adhere to the following guidelines: 12-point font, double-spaced Minimum of 1" margins on all sides Applicant's name on each page Do not...
Guidelines for Submitting Scholarship/Fellowship Application Materials For the on-campus nomination process, please follow these guidelines:  12-point font, double-spaced Minimum of 1" margins on all sides Applicant's name on each page Can be single or double-spaced You may...
Members of the CLS staff work individually with students, drawing upon assessment instruments such as FOCUS2, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and StrengthsQuest to help them achieve a sense of self-awareness and plan strategies toward personal and professional fulfillment....
Summer Business Scholars Program | Booth School of Business In collaboration with the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, the Center for Careers, Life, and Service will be awarding two scholarships to send two current Grinnell students to Booth's Summer Business...
Students at all stages of their collegiate careers can benefit from career exploration; you can benefit even if you feel you’re certain of your major or career path. Core elements of career exploration include examining and reflecting on yourself, understanding the world of work...
Philanthropic Endeavors through Community Enhancement The Office of Community Enhancement & Engagement supports the college’s core mission by helping our hometown become an even stronger place to live, work, and study. Serving as a liaison between Grinnell College and the...
Whether you are a student looking to connect to the community in a meaningful way, a faculty member wanting to add a service component to one of your courses, or staff member interested in a new project, the Service Learning and Civic Engagement Program can assist you in...
Core Values Collaborative Partnerships – Service endeavors should strive for egalitarian campus-community partnerships characterized by mutual trust and respect, guarding against becoming imperialism in the guise of service.  (See principles of partnership below.) Stewardship...
We want to assure you the Center for Careers, Life, and Service is available to all students, first-year through seniors, as well as alumni, and to stress how important career preparation is to the success of your student. It is never too early for students to take the...
The application portal will be open for 2016-2017 fellowships in September, 2015. Look for that and more information for applicants on GrinnellShare. As part of its historic commitment to social justice and responsibility, and in an attempt to match the talents and idealism of...
CLS Interns greet and assist students with office resources, provide résumé and cover letter reviews for students, participate in special office events, including Grinnellink receptions, staff CLS Express outreach tables, Present study breaks and other outreach presentations in...
Community-Based Experiential Learning The Community Service Office provides direct and indirect support to faculty, students and local community partners as they embark together in community-based, experiential learning experiences. Community-based experiential learning, or...
Thinking About Your Transferable Skills There are two categories of skills which you can gain through your experiences: hard skills and soft skills. Hard skills are technical, industry-specific skills such as C++, lab equipment operation, or grant writing. In contrast, soft...
Welcome to the Service Learning and Civic Engagement Office! The students, faculty, and staff of Grinnell College have long been committed to social responsibility. Grinnell was a center for abolitionist activity before and during the Civil War, and it later played a key role in...
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"I know I want to go to grad school eventually but first I want to take some time off." Does that sound like you? Sometimes Grinnell students say something like this as they are thinking about life after graduation, and the appeal of "time off" after four intensive years is...
The Center for Careers, Life, and Service, in collaboration with Institutional Research, conducts an annual survey of graduating seniors regarding their post-graduation plans. The data from those surveys have been compiled into the Post-Graduation Status Reports linked below....
OrgSync OrgSync is a Campus Engagement Network in which you can:1. Find forms and applications. For example: Service Transportation requests, AltBreak & ReNew applications, Community Service Work-Study applications, etc.2. Browse service opportunities provided by student...
Grinnell’s commitment to social justice and serving the common good is reflected in the college’s strong philosophy of student self-governance and personal responsibility, as well as in campus programs and initiatives that encourage students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the...
How does this program work? CLS matches first- and second-year students with alumni job shadow supervisors. Students stay three to five days with the alumnus/a and observe him/her at work as a method to not only further understand that career field but how that career fits into...
Whether you’re interested in identifying your strengths, launching your career, serving the community, or pursuing post-graduate study, Grinnell’s Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) is here to help. You can meet with CLS staff to discuss career planning; identify...

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Alumni of Grinnell’s First Year of College Program understand the true value of a liberal arts education. The incarcerated students in the prison-based program face strong competition. If accepted, they take rigorous courses taught by Grinnell faculty members. The accredited...
Sachiko Graber ’12 (left) with her teachers on day of cultural celebration. For the third year in a row, Grinnell College has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. Moving up 11 places, Grinnell ranks No. 10 among...
At Grinnell, an array of class-related experiences outside of the main academic buildings gives students a chance to dig deeper into topics in real-world settings. Take Asani Seawell’s Advanced Health Psychology course, for example. Seawell, an associate professor of psychology...

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Grinnell’s Service Learning and Civic Engagement Program is an outgrowth of the college’s long history of social responsibility, reflecting our belief that quality civic engagement addresses the common good while providing transformational experiential learning. This program...