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 Tuesday, June 28, 2005 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

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Volunteer Clearing House Launches Internship Program for On-Campus Students
By Jon Leslie, Publications and Creative Services

This fall a new Volunteer Clearing House program will help strengthen partnerships between CU-Boulder residence hall students and the local community. The Residence Hall Internship Program will match students with community partners in areas including youth, environment, education, health, the arts and literacy in an effort to increase volunteerism in campus residence halls.

"The goal of this program is to get more students involved in the community," said Anna Domenico, director of the Volunteer Clearing House. "We'll pair teams of interns in each residence hall with a community partner so that they can really promote a specific volunteer opportunity in their dorm. Not only will this promote volunteering and getting involved in general, but we also hope it will be a great way for students to meet each other when they first come to CU."

Eligible student interns will work in teams of two as liaisons between specific community service programs and their residence halls. Interns will develop, market and implement information and recruitment sessions and host volunteer appreciation events, working to raise awareness and encourage their fellow residence hall students to get involved.

"I think this program has the potential to really boost the relationship between students and the community," said Domenico. "We have a lot of great students who are already out there volunteering, many who are individuals taking the initiative on their own, so you don't always hear much about them. This program is a way to get groups of students together by allowing them to make a volunteering commitment a little bit more easily. The community will be seeing groups of students out there doing good, and that could impact campus-community relations in a very positive way."

To be eligible for the program, students must have a demonstrated interest in volunteerism or community involvement, live on campus in a residence hall and enjoy working with a wide diversity of people. Job requirements include coordinating activities and events between a community partner and the campus community, participating in weekly intern meetings, promoting volunteer activities in a residence hall and using leadership and communication skills to recruit volunteers on an ongoing basis.

A service of the University of Colorado Student Union (UCSU) since 1965, the Volunteer Clearing House (VCH) strives to strengthen campus and community relations through student education, outreach and community service. For more information about the Residence Hall Internship Program and other VCH programs—including the Alternative Breaks program and the fall 2005 Volunteer Fair—visit the Volunteer Clearing House web site or e-mail vch@ucsu.colorado.edu.


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