Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

Expectations and Logistics

What is my organization’s role in service-learning?

Your organization is matched with one or more courses offered at the University of Washington. This match is developed collaboratively between the Carlson Center, your organization, and the instructors teaching the course. The organization develops specific focused and structured positions for students to pursue in tandem with their coursework at the university.

To ensure that both the organization and the student reap the full benefit of the service-learning assignment there are a few specific responsibilities that we ask community based organizations to fulfill:

  • Provide a structured experience for students.
  • Offer a comprehensive orientation.
  • Be responsive to student questions and concerns.
  • Evaluate students’ work with the organization.
  • Give feedback to the Carlson Center about our efforts to coordinate and support service-learning.

What will students’ roles be at our organization?

Service-learning students begin their experience with an enthusiasm for learning and desire to broaden their understanding of social and personal issues. Students’ roles range from a marketing coordinator to a volunteer program administrative assistant to a direct service provider and can be designed to benefit your organization.  View examples of service-learning positions.

The Carlson Center encourages organizations and students to begin their relationship early so that the experience can be the best possible for both the organization and students.  We encourage students to be professional and responsible in establishing and maintaining this relationship.

Students will contact you early in each academic quarter to ask about the time, date, and location of the orientation at your organization.  After attending the orientation, students will coordinate their schedules with the organization and commit to a regular weekly commitment of ~3-5 hours per week, for the duration of the quarter (from the second week, through the last week of classes), depending on your organization’s needs.