The Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement offers opportunities for non-profit organizations, as well as University departments, to partner with UT faculty and students to:
- Work with eager, enthusiastic student learners who can contribute to your organization’s goals;
- Create a link with the intellectual resources at The University of Texas at Austin;
- Expose a new generation of students to the values upheld by your organization; and
- Get to know the goals and values of local college students
The LCCE’s services can help your non-profit organization create or strengthen its connections with The University. Your organization can:
Advertise Volunteer Opportunities
- Access our online database at www.utvolunteers.org to post and manage listings for volunteer opportunities. Users can search by interest area or non-profit group, or view the event calendar.
- Post service events, internships and scholarships, and service opportunities to the Serve Here Spotlight, a weekly listserv published every Monday for a campus and community audience. Non-profit organizations may submit service opportunities by filling out our online submission form. Sign up to receive the Spotlight!
- Become an integral part of our programs, including the UT Volunteer Fair.
Academic Service-Learning Courses
When your non-profit organization or UT-Austin department partners with an instructor who teaches an academic service-learning course, you have an opportunity to work with a classroom of students who may serve as consultants around a need or issue important to your organization.
Getting the Most Out of Academic Service-Learning
As you consider whether to partner with an instructor on a course, you may want to think about the following logistical details:
- Fit. Since academic service-learning courses are designed to benefit students as well as your organization, please take some time to assess your needs for students in service. If you determine that your organization would benefit from participating in an academic service-learning course, please meet with the course instructor to understand the course goals and how your organization can help support those goals.
- Service hours/days. How many hours do you expect students to serve? We recommend that students be required to commit at least 20 hours a semester to their service.
- Capacity. Students in academic service-learning courses need to commit a certain number of hours over the course of a full semester. For this reason, it is important for you to determine whether your organization has the capacity to partner with a classroom of students working on an academic calendar.
- Expectations. Establish your expectations for your students’ behavior at the community partner site.Equally important is the need to discuss with your students and the course instructor your expectations for adequate training.
- Measuring Success. Begin to think about what a successful service-learning experience would look like and about how you would evaluate student service and the course itself.
Our office is proud to recognize the superior civic engagement efforts that many UT students, staff, faculty and student organizations undertake. Consider participating in one of our recognition programs, or make someone’s day by by nominating them for an award that acknowledges their impact on your organization.