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Semester of Service

The Semester of Service Program is reopening for the Spring 2022 semester!

Community Partner Applicants for interested Columbus-based nonprofits are now OPEN and be accessed here.

  • Community Partner Applications will close November, 30th, 2021.

Student Applications for current Ohio State students are now OPEN and can be accessed here.

  • Student applications will close December, 6th, 2021.

The Semester of Service Program is a leadership and service program that matches Ohio State undergraduate students with local nonprofit organizations. This experience provides students the opportunity to gain insight into the values and function of community service, while making a semester-long commitment to serve at a single agency.

Program Requirements:

  • Student participants must be able to serve at least one volunteer shift (3-5 hours) per week at their assigned nonprofit organization. (Students are welcome to volunteer more hours if they would like).
  • Students must be able to attend five Semester of Service workshops throughout the semester

Service Focus Areas

On the application you will have the opportunity to preference service focus areas; youth development, environmental stewardship, access to healthy lifestyles, refugee & immigration services, and food insecurity.  

Two or more students will be matched with each site. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the service site. Reimbursement for travel costs can be provided for students whose sites are not on the COTA bus line. Transportation estimates are calculated from the Ohio Union to the service site.

Past service sites include; After School All-Stars, All THAT- Teens Hopeful About Tomorrow, Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus Metropolitan Libraries, FLOW (Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed), LifeCare Alliance, Jewish Family Services, STAR House, Broad Street Food Pantry, Neighborhood Services Inc., Columbus MetroParks, NNEMAP Food Panty, Keep Columbus Beautiful, United Prep, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. 


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