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Community-engaged learning is for-credit field work that involves working in a non-profit organization, a government agency, or a business. The experience is coordinated with academic work that typically includes readings, keeping a journal, and a final project or paper. A field work student should learn from his/her experience and also by reflecting on that experience and how it relates to the academic work. Placements are arranged through our office, while the academic work is supervised by a faculty sponsor.

Nearly every department and program at Vassar sponsors community-engaged learning. Most placements are in Poughkeepsie and the Mid-Hudson Valley, but many students arrange their own placements in New York City and elsewhere. Students may need a pre- or co-requisite course in the sponsoring department. Internships during the summer may also be eligible for field work credit.

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For more information about the range of placements and procedures for seeking credit, please visit the Office of Community-Engaged Learning in Main N-165 or call us at (845) 437-5280.