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 open for the Service Learning Initiative (SLI): Engage program, which is a 2-day immersive experience for students to learn about service in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. Participants will engage in service, complete a BPSS skills training and reflect on their experiences with peers during this program on April 5-6. To learn more, visit the SLI website and fill out an application on the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal by March 8.
  • APPLES is seeking applicants for a graduate assistantship for our Alternative Breaks program for 2019-2020. Please view the position description and if interested, send a resume and cover letter to APPLES by March 18.
  • If you are seeking an APPLES Service-Learning Course, consider applying to be a SMART Mentor. Participants in this program are matched with a local middle school student and volunteer 45 hours during the year as their mentor. Students also will take a three-credit hour service-learning course in the fall, and a one-credit hour EE practicum in the spring. Apply through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal by March 18. Please note, this is a year-long commitment.
  • 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 2018 fall course listing.
  • View the 2019 spring 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