Community Based Learning

The resources and tools found within this community have been designed and curated to support students who are interested in gaining experience with community-based learning.

Community-Based Learning is an educational experience that occurs in a community-based setting that is intentionally designed to enrich your academic learning, nurture personal growth, and boost civic engagement. These experiences are crafted to benefit both you and the communities you serve. Community-Based Learning includes activities like volunteering, civic engagement, and service learning, and is focused on issues that are important to you and the communities you serve.


Why get involved with Community-Based Learning?

Community-Based Learning gives you practical, real-world experience, applying classroom knowledge and deepening your understanding of course material.

Participation challenges you to step out of your comfort zone, develop empathy, and enhance interpersonal skills through meaningful interactions.

It encourages you to be an active participant in civic matters, fostering social responsibility and empowering you to make positive contributions.

Engaging enhances your resume and skills, demonstrating commitment to service, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving valued by employers.

You make tangible contributions, addressing real issues and positively impacting lives.

Things to consider with Community-Based Learning?

Understand community needs before starting projects.

Build strong partnerships for collaboration and local insights.

Design projects for lasting impacts, empowering communities and fostering resilience.

Ensure actions prioritize community well-being and dignity.

Advance Your Leadership with a “PATH TO PURPOSE” Fellowship

Brown Center for Leadership and Service are now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 cohort here. (This application is open to all students (undergraduate and graduate) enrolled at UF and of all majors.)

This is a year-long collaborative fellowship, developing leadership …

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How To Include Volunteer Work on Your Resume

How To Include Volunteer Work on Your Resume

Unpaid volunteering roles can reveal much about a graduate’s character.

While the barriers to entry for volunteering roles are lower, the fact that you are giving up your precious time for a …

Use professional field-tested resume templates that follow the exact "resume rules" employers look for. Easy to use and done within minutes!
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How Volunteering Can Help You Advance Your Career

As someone interested in social impact, you’re probably excited about any and all opportunities to work with an organization that serves a cause or community you care about. Well, whether you’d like to learn more about a nonprofit, dip your …

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Gator Career Chat: Building Your Future Through Community Involvement (event recap & recording)

In this workshop, panelists discussed how getting involved in the community offers networking opportunities and a chance to build skills that extend beyond the classroom while making a difference in the lives of our neighbors here in Gainesville. They shared …

By David Adams
David Adams Assistant Director for Career Pathways – Business, Public Service, and Tourism
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Career Resources

Explore Campus Compact‘s promotion of civic engagement and social responsibility through service-learning, community-based research, and advocacy initiatives.

Learn about the Brown Center for Leadership & Service virtual volunteering opportunities for UF students to contribute to various causes …

Learn more about Gators for Good that encourages UF students to make a positive impact through service-learning, leadership development, and …

Discover Gator Volunteer opportunities for UF students to engage in volunteer work, community service, and civic engagement initiatives both locally …

Contact & Location


J. Wayne Reitz Union
Suite 1300
PO Box 118507
Gainesville, FL 32611-8507

Career Service Hours

Monday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm

We are located on Level 1 of the Reitz Union.