Student Guide to Risk Management in Internships and Service Learning Placements

Service learning and student internships are an excellent way for students to apply knowledge from their disciplines to benefit local communities, build their resumes, explore possible career paths, and gain professional skills. 

Service Learning

If you are a student currently enrolled in a service learning class, your instructor will ask you to fill out the necessary forms you need to participate in the service learning portion of the course.

The forms you will need to complete are the Student Learning Agreement and the Liability Waiver. These forms can be filled out online at or you can print the Student Learning Agreement and Liability Waiver at the link below. You cannot start at your service learning site until these forms are completed. Your instructor may ask you to track your service hours with the Student Service Time Tracking Sheet.

If you would like to see the listing of current service learning classes, please see the class schedule for semester listings or call the Office of Service Learning at 667-3311 for more information. 


All internships must be approved by the appropriate faculty in your academic department. Your instructor will ensure that your internship site has been approved by the University with a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the agency, and you will need to sign a Student Internship Agreement and Liability Waiver. Additionally, the instructor may ask you to keep a written record of your work, and participate in academic assignments and activities involving your internship experience. Please contact your department’s internship coordinator for direction.

The following criteria must be met before you begin your internship:

  1. The internship site must be approved by your instructor. 
  2. The internship site has completed a Memorandum of Understanding.
  3. You have reviewed and signed the university's Liability Waiver.
  4. You have reviewed and obtained signatures on your Student Internship Agreement from your site supervisor, faculty instructor, and yourself. 
  5. Your instructor may ask you to track your internship hours with a Student Service Time Tracking Sheet.


Volunteer Work

If you are not enrolled in a service learning course or an internship and want information on potential volunteer experiences in the local community without receiving course credit, please contact the Office of Service Learning at 667-3311 or email for a list of local non-profits in the area.