Undergraduate Student Programs
A student-led program that transforms educational experiences by connecting academic learning and public service. APPLES offers a variety of programs, including:
- Alternative Breaks
- Service-Learning Initiative
- Service-Learning Internships
- Service-Learning Courses
Launched in 2003, the Walter White Buckley Jr. Public Service Scholars program (BPSS) provides a framework for undergraduate students who want to strengthen and maintain their commitment to serving communities throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world. BPSS encourages students to learn about and practice public service and engagement beyond the scope of traditional volunteerism.
Community Service Scholarships are offered to a select group of service-oriented UNC-Chapel Hill students in their second year to support tuition costs for their remaining time at Carolina. Scholars participate in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program, providing them an opportunity to participate in a unique series of programs focused on increasing their knowledge and skills related to community service.
This program emphasizes expansive definitions of both “service” and “arts,” and advocates for creative modes of connecting them. Arts in Public Service Fellows will learn the ways in which the arts have affected and will continue to affect social change, develop necessary skills for engaging in this work themselves and gain first-hand experience supporting local arts and public service projects. Arts in Public Service Fellows fulfill the requirements of the BPSS program and build portfolios with a particular focus on the connections between arts and social change.
Since its founding in 1999, CCPS has been central to the University’s response and relief efforts in the aftermath of disasters in North Carolina, the nation and the world. CCPS serves as a hub for disaster relief information and other resources, including relief project grants.
Thanks to generous support from the SECU Foundation, the Carolina Center for Public Service is now offering Carolina students the opportunity to apply to be a SECU Public Fellows Intern. This program connects talented undergraduate students with local leadership in rural North Carolina communities. As an intern, you’ll benefit from meaningful professional experience with a local agency or organization, while giving back to a rural community that may be your own hometown. Interns are eligible to receive up to $5,000 for the summer.
SMART Mentoring engages UNC-CH undergraduate students and local middle-school students in mentoring relationships. The program targets students from low-income communities and focuses on issues of race, class and gender. SMART is available for all undergraduate students with preference given to participants of the Buckley Public Service Scholars program.
To assist with finding individual volunteer opportunities, CCPS is maintaining a public service database to help share community-identified needs to the UNC community. Please visit the database to connect with ongoing volunteer opportunities.