Information about service-learning student leader programs

Student leaders integrate key principles of responsible community engagement, critical service-learning, ethical community partnerships, and critical reflection into professional settings

Service-Learning Student Leader Learning Outcome

Program Overview

Explore details about each program in the accordion below.

Service-Learning Teaching Assistants

S-LTAs are an essential part of our service-learning program. S-LTAs support faculty members teaching service-learning courses and act as a liaison and resource for S-L campus and community partners.

Service-Learning Team Managers

S-LTMs are upper-level students who have demonstrated their potential for an advanced leadership position, represent diverse academic areas, and have shown a deep understanding of the philosophies and principles of service-learning and community engagement.

Service-Learning Teaching Assistants

Apply to become an S-LTA here.

Service-Learning Teaching Assistant

The Community Engaged Teaching & Research (CETR) team supports service-learning courses, community-engaged research, and other disciplinary-based experiential learning that has an orientation toward social justice and community impact. Our signature student leadership programming, including our Service-Learning Teaching Assistants (S-LTAs), Service-Learning Team Managers (S-LTMs), and Street Team, prepares students to support these community-engaged initiatives. 

S-LTAs are an essential part of our service-learning program. S-LTAs support faculty members teaching service-learning courses and act as a liaison and resources for S-L campus and community partners.

S-LTA Responsibilities & Expectations

S-LTAs can expect to spend approximately 5-9 hours each week through the following responsibilities:

Faculty & Course Support

  • Aid student service learners in meeting their academic and service requirements and commitments
  • Attend sessions of the assigned course and act as an engaged participant in class (engagement to be defined in collaboration with the faculty member).
  • Collaborate with the faculty member to plan for upcoming classes and assignments, including preparation of the course and partnerships in the 1-2 weeks leading up to the semester.
  • Develop a working rapport with the faculty member; act as a thought partner for faculty and partners to integrate service and learning experiences.
  • Introduce S-L to students and regularly lead reflection and other S-L activities for the class, with a focus on integrating ethical community-engagement 

Community Partnership Support

  • Support community partners to help ensure partnership goals are met through student and faculty engagement
  • Communicate and collaborate with community partners to ensure shared goals of the partnership are on track for shared success including assigning students to their organization, tracking student attendance and engagement, 
  • Document the progress of partnerships through guided activities and tools.
  • Participate in service-learning professional development opportunities and complete assignments that support

Service-Learning Student Leader Cohort & Professional Development

  • Serve as an extension of CETR staff to facilitate a quality program that is academically rigorous and socially and ethically responsible.
  • Complete S-LTA training before the semester starts.
  • Attend all mandatory meetings with S-L cohort including check in meetings, workshops, professional development and socials 
  • Complete S-LTA curriculum on Canvas including assignments and online training modules throughout the semester. 
  • Manage and track student service placements and hours.

Compensation: Students are able to be compensated through one of the following:

  • $1,200 stipend 
  • Work-study (if eligible)
  • Unpaid directed or independent study (must be for academic credit, arranged through the academic department)
  • Unpaid internship or practicum (must be for academic credit)

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2.8 GPA
  • Undergraduate sophomore standing and above, including graduate students
  • Previous community service experience required (S-L and/or in the Boston community preferred, but not required)
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Able to complete S-LTA training and attend all S-LTA weekly meetings (Wednesday Evenings)
  • Patience, flexibility, and a great sense of humor!

    Applications close October 30, 2023. If you apply after October 30th, there will be a delay in hearing from our team. We match students to specific courses during the summer and will contact you if an open position is available. If you have already spoken with a member of our team and a faculty member about being their S-LTA and were directed to complete the application, please email us once you have submitted it, and we will be in touch with the next steps.

    You can access the application here.
Service-Learning Team Managers

Service-Learning Team Manager

The Community Engaged Teaching & Research (CETR) team supports service-learning courses, community-engaged research, and other disciplinary-based experiential learning that has an orientation toward social justice and community impact. Our signature student leadership programming, including our Service-Learning Teaching Assistants (S-LTAs), Service-Learning Team Managers (S-LTMs), and Street Team, prepares students to support these community-engaged initiatives. 

Our team works closely with our Service-Learning Team Managers (S-LTMs) who are experienced Service-Learning Teaching Assistants (S-LTAs). The Service-Learning Team Manager (S-LTM) program offers an advanced leadership opportunity for previous service-learning student leaders (S-LTAs and Street Team). 

S-LTMs are upper-level students who have demonstrated their potential for an advanced leadership position, represent diverse academic areas, and have shown a deep understanding of the philosophies and principles of service-learning and community engagement.

S-LTMs are responsible for:

  • Managing and advising a group of S-LTAs throughout the semester ensuring they have completed their tasks in support of their faculty members and community partnerships
  • Leading weekly meetings including facilitating discussions & reflections on ethical community engagement 
  • Developing curriculum and leading community-engaged thematic workshops for the S-LTA cohort
  • Working closely with the CETR office to collaborate on events & programming, and in facilitating a quality program that is academically rigorous and socially and ethically responsible

Listen to some of our former student leaders describe their experiences…

“My roles as a Service-Learning Teaching Assistant and Service-Learning Team Manager have shaped my leadership style more than any other position I’ve had at Northeastern. I’ve gained experience preparing for and leading meetings, presenting to different audiences, and communicating with community partners. I’ve also improved my organizational and problem-solving skills. These leadership roles are very special to me because they are a way for me as a student to funnel university resources back into the communities surrounding Northeastern and to motivate and support other students to do the same.”

– Maggie SextonDwyer
Undergraduate Student
S-LTA Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2023
S-LTM Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023

I really value being a liaison for open communication and growth between faculty, community partners, and students as a service learning TA. When you put the time in, trust is built up in these relationships making space for really incredible work to be done.”

– Gracie
S-L Team Manager

Being a Service-Learning TA during Fall 2021 was a great experience for me because it allowed me to help our community partner meet their goal and help students engage with the community, understand what the community needs, and inspire them that after they complete their degree, to pursue a career where they can help and give back to the community.”

– Alicia Bustamante
Graduate Student
S-LTA 2021