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About the Program

Who should apply:

Duquesne University undergraduate students who desire to be involved as student leaders for community engagement, while providing direct service in Pittsburgh. Through this program, students will be immersed in an experience that contributes to personal growth; develops civic knowledge, skills, and values; and empowers them to be involved as responsible and participatory citizens.

This is a highly selective program. Successful students will be leaders with a history of service and demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively in relationship with others. Students who have taken a community-engaged learning (or, service-learning) class are preferred.

How it works:

Students can choose from two levels of participation: 

Full: Participate as a Community Engagement Scholar (8 hours per week)

  • Community-based experience: This option provides an intensive immersion in a students with a structured, supervised community-based immersion in a non-profit organization, citizen action group, legislative office, or philanthropic entity.
  • Supportive group meetings and trainings: Students begin their semester-long program with a one-day orientation retreat on the Saturday before classes begin. Then, each week of the semester they attend a group seminar that helps students to explore the elements of community engagement. Students reflect critically on their emerging civic agency and the development of their civic identity
  • Capstone project: Each week, students work on a project that captures their experience in the program and can be part of a graduating student's employment seeking materials. Students choose from a number of options of capstones including a community-based project, a digital story of their experience, a poster presentation, or a traditional research paper. 
  • Time commitment: Students commit to 8 hours a week. Five hours of the commitment takes place in a community-based organization (CBO), one hour is spent in a weekly seminar throughout the semester, and two hours is spent working on your end of the semester capstone project.
  • Stipend and Academic Credit: Students will receive a stipend of $625 for their participation. Students can choose to take the seminar component for credit by enrolling in CETR 300. 

Practicum: Participate in the Community Engagement Practicum (4 hours per week)

  • Community-based experience: This option provides an intensive immersion in a students with a structured, supervised community-based immersion in a non-profit organization, citizen action group, legislative office, or philanthropic entity.
  • Supportive group meetings and trainings: Students begin their semester-long program with a one-day orientation retreat on the Saturday before classes begin. Then, each week of the semester they attend a group seminar that helps students to explore the elements of community engagement. Students reflect critically on their emerging civic agency and the development of their civic identity
  • Time commitment: Students commit to 4 hours a week. Three hours of the commitment takes place in a community-based organization (CBO), one hour is spent in a weekly seminar throughout the semester.
  • This option does not include a capstone project and students do not receive a stipend for choosing this option.

    How to become a CE Scholar:
    The Center for CETR is now accepting applications for Fall 2016 on a rolling basis. 

    We accept applications on a rolling basis, you can generally expect a response within a couple weeks of submitting your application. 

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