SUNY Fredonia offers a rich and varied selection of opportunities for learning about and practicing civic engagement across departments and disciplines, on and off campus, as part of existing and developing campus community partnerships. The descriptions and links below are just some of the possibilities available for faculty, students, staff, and community members interested and involved in the broad mission of civic engagement. The FACE Center seeks your input and participation as we develop a coherent, interdisciplinary, and active campus community collaboration on civic engagement. Please take a moment to share existing or proposed courses, internship opportunities, service learning projects, and promising community partnerships by completing the FACE survey and broadening our campus commitment to civic engagement.
As an interdisciplinary commitment to civic engagement extends across our campus, we look forward to a consistent and coherent program of civic course offerings. Existing course opportunities at SUNY Fredonia for students interested in civic engagement include the American Studies major with a concentration in Democracy and Civic Engagement. The Department of Political Science affords students an opportunity to blend coursework focused on civic participation and engagement with internship opportunities for civic organizations and institutions locally and nationally, as well as study abroad. Across campus, from the Department of Communication to the School of Music, whether Environmental Sciences or the School of Business, students are provided opportunities to apply course learning, projects, and activities to civic involvement and engagement. Thus we encourage students and faculty to consider how to integrate a successful program of study and coursework with a commitment to related civic contribution and engagement.
There are numerous local, statewide, and national internship possibilities with a civic focus available to students. We encourage interested students and faculty to contact their respective department, school, or program internship coordinator to learn more about how to work with civic organizations, groups, and agencies while earning SUNY Fredonia academic credit. For example, FACE Director David Rankin also serves as the coordinator for internships available for SUNY students in Washington, DC. The Department of Political Science also arranges for local internships for students ranging from public law matters and civic concerns to working with city government and the county legislature, as well as possibilities working for state officeholders, governmental and non-governmental organizations. Our FACE civic resource page has links to promising internship opportunities for civic engagement, while the SUNY Fredonia Internship Office and Coordinator Tracy Collingwood provide a critical resource for faculty and students to identity and arrange for internship opportunities with a civic focus. Furthermore, we encourage interested faculty, staff, students, community members and organizations to contact FACE about internship possibilities as we continue to expand and consolidate our listing of internship possibilities with civic groups, institutions, and agencies.
Service Learning and Civic Engagement