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

  • Applications are now open for Alternative Winter Break trips, where students have the opportunity to travel outside of Chapel Hill over winter break on a social-issue themed service trip with their peers. Apply through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal by Oct. 12. Visit the AWB website for more information.
  • Applications are now open for APPLES Spring 2019 Internships. Students work with a local non-profit organization for 150 hours (12-15 hours per week), take a 3-credit hour course through the School of Social Work and receive a stipend of $1,200. View the list of current positions and apply through the APPLES Partner Portal by Oct. 10 (deadline extended).
  • 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 2018 fall course listing.


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