Office of Student Life

Leadership & Community Engagement

Semester of Service

Semester of Service will be recruiting for Spring 2023 later this semester. 

Check out the information below for how to apply and give back to our community!

Semester of Service is a leadership and service program that matches Ohio State students with local nonprofit organizations. This experience provides students the opportunity to gain insight into the values and function of community service, while making a semester-long commitment to serve at a single agency.

Program Requirements

  • Student participants must be able to serve at least one volunteer shift (3-5 hours) per week at their assigned nonprofit organization.
  • Students must be able to attend three (3) Semester of Service workshops throughout the semester

Service Focus Areas

For the Fall 2022 semester, the following social justice issues will be supported by our nonprofit partners with students able to select their preference of service area:

  • Houseless/Homeless Community Support
  • Aging Population Care
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Community Outreach & Neighborhood Development
  • Economic Development
  • Elementary School Educational Access

Additional Program Details

  • Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the service site. 
    • Reimbursement for travel costs can be provided for students whose sites are not on the COTA bus line.
    • Transportation estimates are calculated from the Ohio Union to the service site.
    • Each nonprofit will have 3+ students, allowing for the possibility of carpooling if it is a comfortable accomodation for all paired students' schedules.
  • Past service sites have included:
    • After School All-Stars, All THAT- Teens Hopeful About Tomorrow, Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus Metropolitan Libraries, FLOW (Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed), LifeCare Alliance, Jewish Family Services, STAR House, Broad Street Food Pantry, Neighborhood Services Inc., Columbus MetroParks, NNEMAP Food Panty, Keep Columbus Beautiful, United Prep, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. 

Ready to Apply?

Applications will open later this semester, so check back here for the links.

All Ohio State students are welcome to apply and will be prompted to schedule a virtual interview upon completition of the application.


Please reach out to Anna Wagner at