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

  • The annual APPLES Course Development Institute on Service-Learning will be held May 14 in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union, room 2423, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Topics include service-learning pedagogy, faculty course models, partnership development and course design. Faculty and instructors new to service-learning as well as those with experience are encouraged to attend. There is no cost for UNC-Chapel Hill participants, however, space is limited. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. Please register here by May 10 and email Becca Bender with any questions.
  • Applications are currently open for faculty and instructors to apply for a Course Development Grant. These awards are up to $5,000 and are given to instructors for work with developing a new or modifying an existing service-learning course. Applications are accepted on a rolling deadline through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.
  • Each semester, students and community partners connected to an APPLES Service-Learning course are eligible to apply for a partnership grant. Additionally, students in APPLES courses who are volunteering at locations further from campus are eligible to apply for transportation grants for financial assistance. Applications are accepted online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.
  • APPLES Service-Learning awards course enhancement grants of up to $500 every semester. Rolling applications are accepted online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.
  • Students enrolled in APPLES classes should complete the online module.
  • View the 2019 spring course listing.
  • View the 2019 summer course listing.
  • View the 2019 fall course listing. (This is tentative and will be updated again prior to course registration. Please cross-reference Connect Carolina regarding service-learning courses).


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