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Rutgers offers a public service major, the perfect degree for building a career and a better world. Coursework and service-learning internships prepare students to work in nonprofit organizations, government, philanthropy, and many other fields.

Looking to make a difference in the world? Look to Rutgers.


Community service is a cornerstone of Rutgers campus life. Whether you take small steps (like running in the Big Chill charity race) or bold actions (like embarking on an international service mission), you’ll have endless volunteer opportunities at Rutgers. Join a service organization or get involved in one of these Rutgers service projects:

Phone Hope. Rutgers was the first campus in the nation to participate in UHopeLine, a project that collects used cell phones, distributing them to victims of domestic violence and raising funds to support domestic violence prevention services.

Embrace Others on Alternative Breaks. These programs take students to New Orleans, Appalachia and other struggling areas of the United States, allowing them to do good while gaining an in-depth understanding of a specific community-based issue, during school vacations.

Stop Hunger. In just one month at its inception, Rutgers Against Hunger collected $12,000 and 3,000-plus tons of food for the hungry. Student-volunteers harvested produce at a local farm, ran the Dorm Storm food drive and cooked up the Great University Bake Sale.

Connect Cultures. The students of the Community Interpreter Project break barriers to better health. These volunteers, who are fluent in both English and Spanish, serve as translators between doctors and patients at local hospitals and clinics.

Want another reason to volunteer? Community service is a great way to learn skills and gain experience for the workplace.