Thank you for your interest in connecting to NKU! Our university has a deep commitment to community engagement, and we welcome community partners and the opportunities you provide to our students and the university community.
We offer this caution that not every community opportunity will work. But community engagement begins with communication: What do you need? We’ll review and let you know. Keep in mind, too, that NKU is on a semester system. And preparing for classes takes time. Connecting with NKU students and classes is rarely immediate. There’s some planning involved. So please be patient. We love making these connections. But they take time.
Here are some typical ways to connect to NKU:
Internships and co-ops give students real world work experience in their field. Internships can be paid or unpaid (of course, paid internships draw more interest from students). They can include academic credit but often do not. Co-ops typically are arranged with a student’s academic department through the NKU Career Services. Co-op students are paid and receive academic credit.
Service learning combines service with the classroom. Not all service opportunities are good fit for service learning because the No. 1 requirement is that the opportunity must align with the learning outcomes of the class. Service learning is NOT volunteering. Your agency, for example, may need help stuffing envelopes for an upcoming event or sprucing up a garden or playroom. Those may be great volunteer opportunities. They are unlikely service learning opportunities. Like many universities, NKU has specifically defined service learning as an academic activity.
A good way to think about service learning is to think about it as project-based learning. For example, a class learning photography may be able to take photos at your nonprofit. A class studying local history may be able to research a historic topic for you. A class learning to write grants may be able to help write a grant application for you. A class learning marketing may be able to provide some marketing research.
One benefit of having NKU in our community is that our faculty—as well as our centers and institutes—offer a wide array of expertise across many academic disciplines, from biology to business, from law to library science, from marketing to management, from chemistry to kinesiology.
Perhaps you would like a speaker. Or just have a question. Let us connect you to an NKU expert.
NKU faculty and students are active researchers, and much of their research is with community partners. As with many opportunities, every research idea will not be a “fit” for our faculty and students. But some will. The starting point is to let us know your idea—and we’ll take a look.
NKU’s Center for Applied Informatics can help with you IT/tech needs. The center uses a virtual co-op model to assign a student team to your project. CAI is a fee-for-service center. CAI can build an app or website, create an online video, set up a dashboard to manage data, and otherwise work with you on IT and tech needs.
NKU has meeting places available for public use, including small and large rooms. There is a use fee for most facilities. The James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union, for example, has large and small meeting rooms and a rate schedule.