If you are registered for a Public & Professional Writing
class during Fall or Spring term, you have the opportunity to
register for an extra credit that will allow you to volunteer
for a nonprofit cause of your choice and to reflect on your experiences.
Service-learning is a way for you to integrate community service
into your educational experience as a college student.
Students have had a range
of powerful experiences, including finding internships and jobs
through their service learning work.
Frequently Asked Questions
About the Service-Learning in PPW Experience
What type of service will I do?
You may choose the organization that you work with from a list
we provide or you can identify a potential organization on your
own. You might walk dogs at an animal shelter, help an organization
plan and carry out a fundraising event, work on a newsletter,
or help re-package food for a food bank, for example. There are
What are the benefits of service-learning?
If you choose to register for the service-learning component of
this course, you can expect to benefit in a number of ways:
1. You get a credit toward your degree.
2. You get experience with a local organization or agency that
could lead to an internship or job.
3. You can list your service-learning experience on your resume.
4. You get the satisfaction of contributing your time to a worthy
cause and of being part of a community that is engaged in public
service here in Pittsburgh.
5. You get to learn more about the nonprofit sector, which is
an excellent way to test the waters if you are interested in working
in the field.
What are the requirements?
You will work with your chosen organization for at least 30 hours
during the term, keep a blog reflecting on your experiences, participate in weekly online discussions about topics related to nonprofits, and complete a couple of short writing assignments
as well as a presentation at the end of the term. There is no exam for this component, and the grade for the credit is
to register for the service-learning experience, you must meet
1. Be registered for a PPW course.
2. Be willing to participate diligently in the online class
offered through Courseweb starting week 3 of the term.
3. Register for ENGCMP 1903 Service Learning in PPW before the
end of the add/drop period.
4. Find a site where you wish to volunteer. We provide a
directory of possibilities, but you are welcome to volunteer
at other nonprofit organizations.
your experiences to faculty and students at the end of the term
and meet (at arranged times) with instructor as
information, contact Tom McWhorter at firstname.lastname@example.org.