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Center for Civic Engagement

Community Engagement Options

How will you change the world? How will service change you? The CCE offers several types of community engagement options to meet your needs. Learn more below.

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  • Short Term Projects

    Short term projects typically last from a few hours to a day. On these projects, you might help with a shift at an event or a project that doesn't need the same people working on it week after week, such as planting trees or socializing animals. The CCE offers three types of short term projects: CCE-led projects, individual projects, and group projects.

    CCE-Led Projects

    CCE-led service projects are daily projects facilitated by CCE Project Leaders. Each project lasts one to three hours. Students sign up for one project at a time and so are not committed to attending the project weekly. This is great for students who don't have a lot of time to spare but want to serve, for students who want to try several different projects to see what they like best, and for students meeting service requirements. You can sign up for as many or as few CCE-led service projects as you like each semester!

    Transportation is provided, and CCE Project Leaders facilitate a reflection after the project to help frame your service experience. There is no need to bring your own Record of Civic Engagement form because Project Leaders bring a sign in sheet for participants.

    Click Here to search for CCE-led service projects on CougSync. When searching for CCE-led service projects, be sure to search for "CCE transportation provided" to bring up or complete list of opportunities. 

    Individual Projects

    These opportunities are not led by CCE staff, but we can help you find projects that work for you! These projects are ideal for students who want to serve over breaks or students on the Global and Vancouver campuses.

    Search for your self-led project today on CougSync by selecting "one-time" and "repeating" but not "ongoing" from the Service Opportunities search feature.

    Group Projects

    Sometimes, you just want to do a service project with your club, house, residence hall floor, or friends! The CCE can set up a special project just for your group to meet your interests and needs. Group projects are open to all students, and we will work with your group to help find the best community service experience for you.

    Click here to learn more about group projects.

  • Pen Friends Program

    Pen Friends is a weekly letter exchange program that promotes literacy development in local elementary schools while giving WSU students a chance to become civically engaged. WSU students are recruited to participate as letter writers and academic mentors.

    Click here to learn more about this program.

  • Placements & Internships

    Placements and internships are long-term opportunities for individual students. Through this model, students are matched with a local community partner for the duration of the semester or year. A CCE placement or internship allows students to directly apply their coursework and skill sets to the day-to-day issues they encounter at their particular community agency or school. Some examples of placement programs include a semester-long in-class mentoring assignment at local schools, building a website for a nonprofit, or completing a historic assessment for the city. The possibilities are endless! Remember that internships can be tracked through the Center for Advising and Career Development for course credit!

    Search for your placement or internship today on CougSync by selecting "ongoing" only from the Service Opportunities search feature. You can also contact us directly at

  • Academic Course Projects

    The CCE works with academic courses that incorporate service learning into the curriculum; a CCE course project involves faculty, students and community partners working to develop and implement a project that aligns the course learning objectives with a community-identified need. This is a great way for students to gain real-world work experience while helping make our community a better place.  Click here to see a showcase of academic service learning at WSU.

  • Community Based Research

    Community-based research (CBR) occurs when university researchers and community partners come together to merge their knowledge and work toward solutions to complex social justice issues. According to Strand et al. in their article "Principles of Best Practice for Community-Based Research," the three central features of this type of research are:

    1. CBR is a collaborative enterprise between academic researchers (professors and students) and community members.
    2. CBR seeks to democratize knowledge by validating multiple sources of knowledge and promoting the use of multiple methods of discovery and dissemination.
    3. CBR has as its goal social action for the purpose of achieving social change and social justice.

    CBR projects are typically undertaken by university faculty or graduate students in partnership with community. Click here to learn about how the CCE can support faculty, and click here to learn about how the CCE can support graduate students.

    Click here to view the University of Minnesota's CBR project examples, and click here to access Campus Compact's list of articles outlining how to develop quality CBR projects.

    Contact our Academic Program at for assistance.