Commonly referred to as community service, volunteerism, or public service, civic engagement at NYU refers to both individual and collective initiatives designed to identify and address community needs and public concerns. Civic engagement takes many forms at NYU, from one-day and episodic service projects to year-long opportunities working alongside community partners locally, nationally, and globally.
In addition, civic engagement has other dimensions:
As a private university in the public service, engagement and community knowledge are essential hallmarks of an NYU education and to an engaged citizenry.
The NYU Office of Civic Engagement provides opportunities for students to develop deeper and richer partnerships with local non-profit organizations, public schools, city government, and civic organizations through several employment and service programs. The Office of Civic Engagement is home to:
The Office of Civic Engagment also works in close partnership with the Center for Student Activities, Leadership and Service to support their vast array of comprehensive volunteer programming for students.
In addition, the Office of Civic Engagement coordinates the NYU Combined Campaign in which full-time employees donate funding to the United Way of NYC and dozens of local nonprofit organizations (as distributed through the NYU Community Fund). Since its inception in 1982, the campaign has raised over $2.4 million to support nonprofit organizations near NYU campuses.
Students may also take part semester specific internships to gain valuable nonprofit work experience through the Community Fund Internship Program.
The Office of Civic Engagement coordinates two grant programs to encourage civic participation and volunteerism: