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Semester of Service

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.

Applications for Fall Semester of Service will open in August 2019! 

*Interviews and selections will occur during the first 2-3 weeks of the AU19 semester, with service beginning shortly after. 


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 Autumn 2019 semester.
    • Program Orientation will take place in September 2019
    • Service will begin in September 2019
    • Fall workshop days/times TBA

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. 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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