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APPLES Service-Learning Opportunities

Who says you need a classroom to learn?

If you sign up for an APPLES class at Carolina, don’t expect the syllabus to include the history of pie making or literature on Johnny Appleseed. Instead, classes in the APPLES Service-Learning program offer something much more interesting – the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to solve real-world problems.

Founded in 1990 by a group of undergraduate students to extend learning beyond the walls of the classroom, APPLES continues to enhance learning at Carolina through meaningful collaborations with community organizations. APPLES service-learning opportunities include courses, social innovation fellowships, internships, and alternative break trips.

Courses range from Public Relations Writing with opportunities to create public relations plans and materials for a local non-profit to Psychology Service Learning with volunteer opportunities to study child development to Race, Class and Gender, which offers students the opportunity to study sociological concepts while partnering with high school students and at-risk youth. In each APPLES course, the classroom element prepares you to more actively engage in the community in a way that also expands on your understanding of the topic. In addition, most APPLES courses fulfill the Experiential Education (EE) general education requirement.

If you’re searching for more service-learning opportunities, consider an APPLES internship or alternative break trip. These paid internships place students with community partners in a variety of fields so that they can achieve their professional goals while also giving back to important causes. APPLES interns also take a course in the UNC School of Social Work to learn more about working for social organizations and how to best make an impact in the community. No plans for the upcoming break? Join a team of students to head off campus on an adventure to learn and serve in a new community. Topics of these trips can include Latino, Rural, and Urban Communities, Civil Rights or Disaster Relief.

The APPLES Service-Learning program allows students to expand their knowledge beyond the classroom and prepare for life beyond Carolina. Learn more about APPLES and other public service opportunities here.


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