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Types of Student Engagement

Clark students are active members of the Worcester community and they seek out opportunities to apply their skills and gain experience by working with local employers and community partners. Clark students often explore national or international internships or research-based projects to gain experience during the summer or winter break as well. Here are a few ways that Clark students can engage with your organization. Please contact the LEEP Center if you want to talk about opportunities at your organization. We are happy to talk through the differences in these types of student engagement and the process of posting positions and recruiting students.

Volunteer describes the efforts of individuals or groups who serve the community on a voluntary basis. The primary focus is the service provided; there are usually no specified learning goals. Most volunteer opportunities are weekly commitments for 2-4 hours a week during the academic year, although we do support one-time and short-term volunteer placements as well. For more information on hosting Clark volunteers contact Micki Davis, Director of Community Engagement.

Internships are practical work experiences that enable a student to gain knowledge and skills that reflect their academic and professional interests. Internships are time-limited and the work commitment may vary from as few as 5 to as many as 20 hours a week or more. Positions may be paid or unpaid, as long as the employer adheres to the Fair Labor Standards Act, which requires that the intern receive training and educational benefits and that the intern's position not displace a paid employee. Clark University offers an academic internship program that allows students to receive academic credit for their internship. Credit bearing internships require at least 180 hours of work in a semester along with an academic project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. For more information on Clark's Academic Internship Program, contact Kristina Nguyen, Associate Director of Career Services.

LEEP Projects are problem-based summer projects that students complete at an external organization with the support of a faculty mentor. Students who secure an unpaid LEEP Project may apply for a funding award of up to $2500. If you are interested in sponsoring a LEEP Project contact Ruby Maddox, Director of LEEP Projects.  Check out our guide for project sponsors.

Community Based Student Employment allows students to earn their work-study award at a local non-profit organization. Students receive a work-study award as part of their financial aid package and they typically work 8 hours per week during the academic year. Positions have site supervisors at the organization and clear organizational and student learning goals. The Community Engagement Office in the LEEP Center coordinates these positions.

Employment Opportunities for Current Students range from part-time to full-time practical work experiences or projects. Employers interested in promoting their opportunities to current students may use the university's free job database, the Clark Recruiter, or a business-to-campus resource such as Hire Owl. For more information please contact Brian Hanna, Assistant Director of Career Services and Employer Relations.

Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities can be posted and promoted through the Career Services office. The main resource for employers to post positions is the Clark Recruiter, the university's free career management tool available to all Clark students and alumni. In addition we welcome you to come to campus and meet our students through tabling, info sessions and career fairs. Contact Brian Hanna, Assistant Director of Career Services and Employer Relations, to get started.