Reflecting on the Student Experience of Community Service-Learning and Continued Paths in the Non-Profit Sector

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  • Purpose: To understand the relationship between University of Alberta Community Service Learning (CSL) students who pursue both the Community Engagement and Service-Learning certificate and the CSL paid student internship and their career or engagement paths in the non profit sector following graduation. Method: Adding to extensive literature on service-learning, this study gathered qualitative data through one-on-one semi-structured interviews with CSL alumni. Results: This study found that students who participated in sustained CSL experiences during their undergraduate studies continue their commitment to community engagement after graduation. Value: Findings provide grounds for continued and enhanced support of the CSL program that is shown to enhance students’ skills and knowledge, build capacity for non-profit organizations, and fulfill the University of Alberta’s contribution to the public good and meet performance-based funding metrics.

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    Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International