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There are many ways for students to get involved and engaged on campus and in the community. If you don’t see what you are looking for below, please contact us.

Off Campus Federal Work-Study

Off Campus Federal Work Study is an opportunity for eligible Coe students to earn a set amount of financial aid money through working regularly at a community nonprofit organization.

Click here to see our Off Campus Federal Work Study Step by Step Guide. This document outlines how to determine eligibility, how to get in touch with the Financial Aid Office and the Office of Community Engagement, and a step by step guide to the Off Campus Federal Work-Study Program including tips for contacting a community organization. Here is a detailed explanation of the timesheet process.

Please Note: being eligible for federal work-study does not guarantee a work position off campus. All work arrangements are agreed upon by the Office of Community Engagement, the student worker and representatives at the nonprofit organization.

Contact Karina Guerrero, kguerrero@coe.edu, in C3 with any and all questions about Off Campus Work-Study.

Campus Compact AmeriCorps Program

Campus Compact AmeriCorps is a program that allows students to participate in a national service organization while still in college. Program members complete 300 hours of service over a full calendar year and work to develop capacity at local nonprofits, as well as on their college campuses. Members who successfully complete this program receive an Education Award of over $1,200. Awards can apply toward eligible loans or education expenses. Recruitment for fall begins in during the previous spring semester.

The program is an opportunity for Coe students to meet community-defined needs while developing marketable skills of their own working at an organization that they’re passionate about.

Students or community partners interested in learning more about this opportunity should contact Karina Guerrero, kguerrero@coe.edu. More information can also be found at on the ICAP website.

Community-Based Practicum

A Community-Based Practicum is an opportunity for students to work with a nonprofit organization in Cedar Rapids under the supervision of a faculty member on a project designed by the student and the organization together to meet a community need and strengthen a student’s skills and understanding of their discipline in an applied learning environment. Students will learn about the issues, problems and techniques associated with developing projects that address real world problems, as well as apply the skills they have gained through academic study to provide services to community partners.

Authorization for the community-based project is determined by the supervising faculty member. May be taken more than once. A minimum of 140 hours of work is required. S/U basis only.

Steps to Take to Register for a Community-Based Practicum (CBP)

  1. Speak with the Director of Community Engagement  and your faculty practicum advisor about your intent and/or interest in completing a CBP.
  2. Review the Community Based Practicum Guidelines.
  3. In consultation with your faculty practicum advisor and the DCE, complete the CBP Proposal Form.
  4. Once form is completed with appropriate signatures, students must take the CBP Proposal Form to the Office of the Registrar and are then eligible to register for CBP 325.

If you are a faculty, student or community partner looking to know more about our Community Based Practicum option, please contact Joe Demarest, jdemarest@coe.edu.

Additional Service Opportunities

The United Way of East Central Iowa provides a calendar of volunteer opportunities, helpful tips for how to design volunteer projects, volunteering advice, volunteer networks and programs and resources for how to get involved on city, state, and national levels.

Volunteer Match allows you to search for volunteer opportunities and nonprofit organizations by city,state, or interest/service. Search today to see what you could be doing to make a difference!

The City of Cedar Rapids also posts volunteer needs. Volunteers are often needed for events, Animal Care & Control and Parks & Recreation.