Service Learning


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To provide experiences and education that enhance student career development
To prepare students to a life of community engagement and participation
To connect educational goals with service to those in need

With an emphasis on fieldwork, the Service Learning project increases the exposure of John Cabot students and graduates to front-line humanitarian services. Participants will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills while viewing issues from multiple perspectives. The knowledge and skill-building experience gained from on-site internships will expose participants to career opportunities and allow them to successfully transition into a work environment in the humanitarian field.

The Service Learning project also encourages personal growth and development. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on values and beliefs, cultivate a sense of responsibility, and positively engage in the community. The experience will help develop civic engagement and integrate service learning into everyday life, long past the end of the internship.

Through students’ and alumni’s participation in Service Learning, John Cabot University will also help with the development of vulnerable areas and populations in Rome or other locations. The University will continue building and strengthening an ongoing relationship with the partner organizations, providing much-needed skilled and professional human resources to assist them in carrying out their missions.

Service Learning Testimonial 

Serena Montefusco

Serena Montefusco

During my time as a student at John Cabot University, I discovered my passion for the prevention of human rights violations by participating in the Community Service Program and being part of the STAND club. I volunteered consistently at Joel Nafuma Refugee Center for one year. Once I graduated, I interned at a non-profit organization in Rome, the Leonarda Vaccari Institute, through the JCU Service Learning Project. I worked in the evaluation department for the identification of computerized and electronic aids for individuals with learning disabilities. My main responsibility was to research the current status of computerized technology evaluation and training processes. I have also been volunteering at a non-governmental organization, the International Scalabrinian Association Humilitas, as a project manager assistant. I later started working as Project Coordinator Assistant for the UNESCO Chair. I am currently working on two European projects: European Citizens for Solidarity (EUROSOL), co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Program of the European Union, and i-Consent, a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. I also oversee the Communications Department.