First-Year Service Corps

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The Carolina Center for Public Service offers a unique opportunity for selected first-year students to come together with faculty and staff throughout the year to deepen their academic and practical experience in public service during their time at Carolina.

Through a variety of activities, participants learn about existing an2013-2014  FYSC Orientation (9)d emerging opportunities for public service and engagement on and off campus. Getting an early start in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program (BPSS) puts them on a path to leadership within the program as well as on campus more generally.

Components of the First-Year Service Corps:

  • An overnight, immersive orientation to BPSS and the First-Year Service Corps (Sept. 25-26)
  • Three capacity-building sessions led by faculty, staff, community partners and Carolina Students that are considered skills trainings for the purposes of BPSS
  • Exposure to leaders in public service realms including social entrepreneurship, community-based participatory research, advocacy and more
  • Participation in a learning community of first-years dedicated to deepening their understanding of service
  • Ongoing networking and leadership opportunities within BPSS after program completion

application information

To participate in the 2015-2016 First-Year Service Corps, apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. Application deadline is Sept.8.

First-year students and transfer students in their first year at Carolina who are enrolled in BPSS are eligible to participate in the First-Year Service Corps. Fall 2015 enrollment for BPSS will take place from Aug. 15 through Sept. 30 through the Buckley Portfolio.

For more information, contact BPSS.