Opportunities for Students
The Center for Civic Engagement & Leadership offers several
opportunities for current Marist students to enrich their academic
learning, contribute to their communities, and gain pre-professional
experience through their engagement with area leaders and organizations.
Community-Based Learning (CBL) Courses build on the College's
longstanding commitment to integrating academic inquiry with ethical
and engaged citizenship. By combining service activities with structured
preparation, logistical support, and reflection opportunities, CBL courses
enable students to consider the interplay between coursework and the
world beyond campus. The wide variety of CBL courses offered in 2015-16
demonstrates the relevance of this pursuit to any area of study at the College.
The Marie and Rupert Tarver Summer Internship Program honors
the Tarvers' legacy of service in the city of Poughkeepsie and enables
Marist undergraduates to work full time with nonprofit organizations under
the guidance of faculty affiliated with the Center. Supported by a stipend
and free on-campus housing, Tarver Interns spend 8 weeks working on a
summer project designed to produce a tangible, capacity-building product
or outcome for an area nonprofit organization.
The Public Service Speakers Series is designed to spark students' interest in future public service careers. Each semester local civic leaders deliver on-campus talks that highlight career opportunities in nonprofits and in public service more generally.
CCEL Student Staff gain valuable leadership and professional skills by fostering community partnerships, organizing campus events, and using social media and other communication methods to tell the Center’s story. Student members of the CCEL staff represent a wide variety of majors, including Business, English, and Political Science.