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At South Mountain, we believe one of the best ways to learn something is by DOING it.

It’s called “experiential education.” Humans have always learned through direct experience. Experiential education is about doing and being connected to the outside world. Experiential learning is positive, meaningful, and real!

SMCC’s Experiential Education program focuses on your total development as a student. Active learning taking place outside of the classroom provides meaningful opportunities for our students.

Our Experiential Education program, which includes Service Learning and Internship, is overseen by SMCC Career Services. This program supports our students, faculty, and community agencies through a variety of activities, including:

  • Finding service opportunities within our community
  • Helping place students at volunteer agencies
  • Monitoring student progress and volunteer hours
  • Coordinating major volunteer projects
  • Providing presentations on Service Learning activities

You can find out more about Service Learning and Internships available at SMCC under the tabs above.

Service Learning combines community service with academic instruction. Service Learning provides students with an opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to a meaningful experience in the “real world.”

Service Learning emphasizes…

  • Critical thinking
  • Practical problem-solving
  • Values clarification
  • Social and personal development
  • Civic and community responsibility

Service Learning benefits students by…

  • Making curriculum relevant to students’ lives
  • Enabling students to feel connected
  • Encouraging multicultural awareness
  • Establishing links with the community

Service Learning benefits the community by…

  • Providing valuable volunteer assistance from SMCC students
  • Establishing direct links to student learning
  • Building community awareness

Service Learning benefits the SMCC Campus by…

  • Providing meaningful experiences for SMCC students
  • Providing meaningful service to the community
  • Promoting community awareness of college programs and services

For SMCC Faculty….

  • Service Learning validates teaching and enhances learning
  • Service Learning builds classroom community
  • Service Learning provides your class with a primary research opportunity

Are you a faculty member interested in exploring Service Learning opportunities for your students? We can help! Check out our Service Learning at South Faculty Manual or our most recent Faculty Newsletter.

For more information, contact Suzanne Hipps, SMCC Career Services, at 602.243.8154 or

SMCC offers students the chance to participate in our Internship program, which helps students get on-the-job training and experience at local businesses or community service agencies. Students learn by observing and evaluating their internship experience. Internships may be paid or unpaid, for-credit or not-for-credit.

Internship Search Engines


U.S. Locations

AmeriCorps & Peace Corps

For additional information, contact:

Suzanne Hipps, SMCC Career Services, at 602.243.8154 or