The following is a list of off-campus organizations, opportunities, and experiences available for those interested in fulfilling the project requirement of the Citizen Scholar Experience. If the student decides to utilize one of the following resources, they should contact the organizations directly in order to plan their experience. Students may also work closely with their advisor and the Graduate School and design their own experience. This list is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all programs found in the surrounding community that qualify for the Citizen Scholar Experience, but instead provides examples of experiences that may be available.

Americorps

National office | 800-942-2677

A nationwide program offering intensive service opportunities in areas of critical need in education, public safety, health, and the environment.

Boy Scouts of America

Blue Ridge Mountain Council | 540-265-0656

Students can mentor youths involved in the Boy Scouts of America. Merit badge counselors are needed in every field of interest.

Christiansburg Institute

David Hicks | 540-231-8832

Students participate in the renovation of the historic Christiansburg Institute. Construction, engineering, history, English, architecture, business, advertising, marketing, and interior design projects are examples of some of the opportunities available.

Habitat for Humanity

Information desk | 540-731-8660

Graduate students help construct homes for families who qualify for the program in the community.

Peace Corps

Campus recruiter | 540-231-4266

Peace Corps volunteers serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. All fields of interest are encouraged to apply.

Science Fair

Graduate students in science and engineering programs can participate as judges of local science fairs. Contact local schools to learn more about such opportunities.

YMCA

Brittany Carpenter | 540-231-3734

YMCA Student Programs is a young adult organization that provides opportunities to develop leadership skills, experience civic engagement through volunteer service, and actively explore career options with hands-on experience. All programs are comprised of student and community volunteers, run by young leaders, and advised by YMCA professional staff. Many opportunities for service are available.

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Contacts

Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education Karen P. DePauw  

540-231-7581

Alumni Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean Rosemary Blieszner  

Telephone: 540-231-5645