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Center for Community Engagement

Community-Engaged Learning

CCE supports all types of community-engaged learning that take place with community organizations, like internships, client-based class projects, community service, student teaching, service trips, and/or field experience.

These opportunities allow students to apply and learn knowledge and skills while developing a sense of civic responsibility. 

Service Learning
Service-learning is distinct from other community-engaged learning practices. It embeds service into academic classes and meets USM's criteria for service-learning. CCE provides curricular support for service-learning at USM. 

Citizen Scholars Program
Students who earn 100+ service hours, participate in a community-engaged learning experience, and complete a reflective exit interview will be recognized as a Southern Miss Citizen Scholar and receive a medallion. 

Community-Engaged Research
Do you have an idea for a creative project that could benefit the community? Would you like to explore social issues and/or topics that you feel passionate about? Connect with community organizations who might benefit from your research and/or creative project. Contact cceFREEMississippi for suggestions within the local community. The Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research (DCUR) and the McNair Scholars Program at Southern Miss both offer support for undergraduate research and creative activity and may have funding available for students' scholarly activities.

Engaged Scholars
IDS 350: Methods of Community-Engaged Research is offered each spring for students interested in learning about working with community organizations to conduct research. Up tp four students from this class will be chosen for the following year to research community issues alongside faculty as Engaged Student Scholars. Selected students will receive stipends of $250 each at the conclusion of each semester of participation in the research project and present their research at the Undergraduate Symposium.

Non-Profit Internships or Practicums
CCE encourages college students at USM to apply for an internship with a non-profit organization. A non-profit internship is an ideal way to gain useful and transferrable skills while working with an organization that promotes positive social change. Nonprofit internships satisfy internship requirements for several majors and minors at USM, including the Human Rights minor, Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Work, and Nonprofit Studies. USM's Center for Pathways Experiences connects students to internship opportunities across the country. 

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Center for Community Engagement
116 Harkins Hall
118 College Dr. #5211

Hattiesburg Campus

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