Whether you are doing your community engagement work in person or remotely, this page will guide you through effective and meaningful engagement with your community partner.
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Steps to Connecting with Community Partners
Before beginning your community engagement internship/projects consider the following:
- Talk to your professor or the CEC to determine the best placement site.
- Connect with your partner and tell them you’re a student interested in completing your course-based or volunteer internship with their organization.
- Complete any clearance, application, interview and/or hiring requirements before starting.
- Confirm weekly availability & scheduling for the semester (or year) with your organization. Make sure to include start and end times and holidays.
Etiquette and Communication
There are a number of things to consider when working with community partners:
- Ask for their preference in how they would like to be addressed (pronouns, pronunciations of names, etc.)
- Respectful greetings and introductions.
- Have patience and consideration when communicating with staff members.
- Take the initiative to follow up.
- Be on time.
- Let your professor and site contact know as soon as possible when you are unable attend (if you are sick or have a personal emergency)
- Dress appropriately for your partner site
- Copy your professor on correspondence with your partner.
- If you experience an emergency or issue on site, please contact your professor, site supervisor, and CEC contact via email immediately.
- Active listening is important in meetings, whether in person or remote (attentiveness, body language, etc.)
- Take notes, set calendar appointments.
- Document your work and share updates with partners.