St. Lawrence students working with local children


How Will You Make an Impact? 

Making the world a better place starts in your own community. Through local partnerships, service projects and trips that may take you down the street or across the country, you’ll have many chances to make a difference and be a part of something larger than yourself.

Community Service

Laurentian fixing a swing set

Facilitate after-school activities for local children, sign up for a shift at a nearby organic farm, or help address food insecurity through Campus Kitchens. From an afternoon to a weekly commitment, we have volunteering opportunities that will fit your schedule and interests.

Meet Volunteer Services

Volunteer Days

Laurentians care about their community, so much so that more than 300 students participate in our annual volunteer days like Make a Difference Day, Random Act of Kindness Day, and Laurentians Serve.

Community-Based Learning (CBL)

From first-year seminars to courses across all disciplines, you’ll have the chance to learn in a setting that combines civic engagement with academic instruction, critical thinking, and reflection in a reciprocal relationship that benefits our campus and community partners alike.

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Internship Opportunities 

St. Lawrence student working with young people

Whether you are hoping to intern with the Office of Volunteer Services or a non-profit supporting the greater North Country area through the St. Lawrence Public Interest Corps (SLU PIC), you’ll have plenty of opportunities to gain invaluable professional experience, make a positive impact, and join the next generation of leaders and innovators in the public interest space.

Laurentians in the Community

Service is a cornerstone of the Laurentian experience. Our students volunteer in the local community in numbers greater than any other activity on campus.


Best School for Making an Impact

The Princeton Review, 2023


students volunteer at our annual days of service

Laurentians volunteering

Making a Difference

Make a Difference Day is one of over 25 time-honored traditions. 

Clips for Cancer

Determined to Help

Students raise money and awareness for causes they care about, such as food insecurity and cancer research.


Average number of days for alternative break trips offered each semester


weeks each year our Campus Kitchens volunteers spend reducing food waste while preparing meals for local residents 


Volunteer-producing University

Peace Corps 2019, 2020


of St. Lawrence students volunteer

Laurentians in front of the Liberty Bell

Alternative Breaks

During winter and spring breaks, you can work with your peers to explore and engage with an immersive volunteering experience in communities along the East Coast, reflect on complex themes, and critically expand your worldview.

SLU Humaine Society Club

Student Clubs and Organizations

Laurentians strive to make a positive difference through actions big and small every day. You can get involved through any of a number of student-run advocacy or service organizations, including SLU’s Humane Society, SLU Advocates, Campus Kitchens, SLU Reading Buddies, Habitat for Humanity, SLU Adaptive, and so many more.

The Peace Corps logo.

Peace Corps Prep Program

St. Lawrence has partnered with the Peace Corps to provide an undergraduate certificate program that will combine targeted coursework with hands-on experiences and build the competencies needed for students to be strong Peace Corps volunteers or other intercultural fieldworkers.

Learn About the Program

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