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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.

Announcements and Deadlines

  • APPLES is currently accepting applications for the courses committee! Students work for the year to review course grants, create and distribute resources to faculty and students, and other projects. Apply here by Sept. 11. Email courses co-chairs, Ellie and Jess with questions.
  • Applications for APPLES spring internships are currently open until Sept. 21. Please view the list of available positions, and then apply via the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. APPLES internships are up to 150 hours of service during the spring semester (10-15 hours per week), and include a stipend of up to $1,200 and a 3-credit hour EE academic course through the School of Social Work. Email APPLES if you have questions.
  • APPLES is currently accepting applications for virtual alternative fall break experiences. Please visit this link to review the descriptions of the five experiences we are offering, and apply by Sept. 25.
  • 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. Priority will be given to new courses that are exploring or responding to needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, or that are focusing on racial equity and justice. Email Becca Bender with for more information.
  • Students enrolled in APPLES classes should complete the online module.
  • View the 2020 spring course listing.
  • View the 2020 fall course listing. (This is tentative and will be updated again prior to course registration. Please cross-reference Connect Carolina regarding service-learning courses.)
  • Sign up for the APPLES Announcements listserv here to receive periodic program updates and community opportunities. You may submit announcements for the listserv by emailing APPLES.

Previous Service-Learning Summer Internships

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.

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.

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.