Lewis-Clark Service Corps
Lewis-Clark State College
500 8th Avenue
Lewiston, ID 83501
Service-learning enhances classroom learning for students by
adding an experiential component to academic coursework that
extends learning beyond the classroom and into the
community. When used successfully, service-learning gives
students the opportunity to apply concepts they are learning
in the classroom to real-life situations.
Service-Learning courses have 3 essential components:
Students will address a real community need through their
2. The service work is integrated into and enhances the
academic curriculum. 3. The courses include structured time for
reflect on the service experience.
Benefits of Being a
Volunteerism or Internships?
students, not volunteers. Students have specific
learning objectives for their service experience.
Agency staff help students learn. Their service is a
class assignment with specific deadlines for starting and
- Service-learning is usually a
course requirement. It ensures students not only
participate in course-related service but also reflect
upon what they are doing, relate it to the class and
evaluate what they are learning. The service is
intended to equally benefit the student and the service
recipient; sometimes there is tension in this balance.
Reflection is another key difference
between service-learning, internships and volunteerism.
In service-learning, students reflect on relationships
between the services, community issues, and the class.
Both faculty and community partners are encouraged to
engage students in reflective discussions.
Community partners often enjoy participation in the
classroom reflection as well.
Volunteering is a worthwhile and
important activity, but students generally do not learn
from volunteering in the same way; they do not connect
it to classroom instruction and academic course content.
The primary emphasis is on the service, not the
Service-learning experiences can often
lead to internships. SL provides students with
shorter-term community experiences which can help them
refine or redirect their goals for longer internships.