The Office of Community Engagement at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is currently accepting field service project proposals for the 2021-22 academic year. The deadline to apply is March 15.
The projects are part of the Clinton School’s Practicum program, the first of three major field service projects, which take teams of first-year students into Arkansas communities to foster teamwork and direct application of classroom skills, while also adding tremendous value to the partner organization. Examples of past project work include designing and conducting surveys, interviews, and focus groups; facilitating public discussions and/or building stakeholder coalitions; best practices research; and needs assessments to identify problems and recommend appropriate solutions.
Applications received by the March 15 deadline will be considered for the 2021-22 academic year. Click here to start your application.
Teams of first-year Clinton School students complete Practicum projects in partnership with public agencies, community initiatives, academic ventures, and nonprofit organizations across the state. Click here to learn more about the projects selected for the 2020-21 academic year.
As part of the school’s Master of Public Service degree program, the students earn academic credit for their work on three major field service projects.
In addition to the team-based Practicum project, the International Public Service Project (IPSP) places students with international organizations across the world during the summer after their first year, and the final Capstone project allows second-year students to work with an approved organization of their choosing to put their learned skills to use with a government, for-profit, or nonprofit agency of their choosing.
Twenty-five percent of the MPS degree curriculum comes from direct field service learning.
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