Simmons is one of the nation's only colleges to offer a comprehensive service-learning program for graduate students. Over 300 graduate students participate in service-learning courses, graduate-program-specific community engagement programs, and all-college volunteer opportunities. Through the S/RC, graduate students contract with clients, build relationships with local nonprofits, and gain experience in their field — all while serving their community.

Graduate service-learning typically follows a project-based model, in which students work in teams to address a problem or challenge for a partner organization. In addition to their courses, students spend 40 hours per semester collaborating with their community partners. Previously, they've partnered with the YWCA, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, and The Women's Lunch Place.

Recent examples:

  • Doctoral Physical Therapy service-learning students work with the homeless, elderly, youth, and women inmates to lead health education and advocacy programs.
  • Masters in Communications Management service-learning students deliver strategic communication plans that address public relations, change management, volunteer communications, and branding and image to nonprofit partners.

For more in-depth information about graduate service-learning projects from the past few years, take a look at our graduate annual reports.

During Global Service Week, Simmons students, faculty and staff participate in on- and off-campus service activities.

Service Learning Opportunities

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate students play a vital role in the daily work of the Scott/Ross Center. They participate in assistantships that facilitate graduate service programs and provide them with valuable community engagement and leadership opportunities.

  • Graduate Assistantship - Special Projects Coordinator
  • Graduate Assistantship - Communications
  • Promising Pals Coordinator
Civic Engagement

In addition to Service-Learning courses, the S/RC helps graduate students find volunteer placements and identify non-profit organizations that match student interests. They also provide support for community-based programming and partnership development initiated and led by our graduate students. Some examples of Graduate Civic Engagement opportunities are:

Graduate Civic Engagement Liaisons

This position is an opportunity for graduate students interested in community engagement to develop and implement community service opportunities for graduate students while building and enhancing their leadership and professional skills during the academic year.

Five graduate students are selected to represent each graduate program.

2014-2015 Liaisons:

  • Anna Katia Zbikowski, School of Social Work
  • Wesley Leftwich, School of Nursing and Health Sciences 
  • Beverly Gill, School of Library and Information Sciences
  • Heather Mooney, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Xue Yu, School of Management