APPLES Service-Learning

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APPLES Service-Learning is a student-led program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that transforms educational experiences by connecting academic learning and public service. Since 1990, APPLES has strengthened civic engagement by bringing together students, faculty and communities in sustained and mutually beneficial partnerships.

APPLES offers a variety of programs, including alternative breaks, service-learning initiative, internships, courses and fellowships.

Announcements and deadlines

Service-Learning AWARDS


Each year APPLES recognizes outstanding achievements in the service-learning community at the APPLES Awards ceremony with the presentation of five awards: Service-Learning Award in Honor of Ned Brooks, APPLES Community Partner Excellence Award, APPLES Teaching Excellence Award, APPLES Undergraduate Excellence Award and APPLES Outstanding Alumni Award. Learn more about each award at APPLES Service-Learning Awards.

All members of the community connected in any way to APPLES programs are invited to submit award nominations through the APPLES Awards nomination form. Nominations are accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

Service-Learning Summer Internships 2017


Rising senior Jennifer Barber of Waxhaw, North Carolina, a public relations major, spent her summer as a paid intern at the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center, working with children of all abilities during summer camp sessions. Read more

Zareen Farooqui is a junior studying business administration and computer science at UNC-Chapel Hill. This summer, she’s using the knowledge she gained in her classes to revamp United Way of the Greater Triangle’s Teaming for Technology Program. Read more

Griffin Smith is a rising senior majoring in mathematics and history and is considering a career in education. This summer, he has spent a lot of time teaching and mentoring with the Upward Bound Program at Central Carolina Community College. Read more