Internships and Service-Learning


All of our Propel students perform service-learning and other internships that reflect their interests.  They work closely with our faculty and staff to select internships in conjunction with their employment coursework. Four of the required core courses have learning components that facilitate students learning in real-world situations.  Through these four classes, students complete the program with a minimum of three work-based experiences on their resumes.  In addition, Propel staff work with individuals to develop and implement plans for securing community employment as they graduate and transition from the program.

Benefits of Internships:

  • Gain work experience and transferable skills
  • Possibly earn course credit
  • Experience a prospective career path
  • Gain practical experience applying methods and theories learned in class
  • Network with professionals for references and future job opportunities
  • Develop new skills and refine others
  • Gain confidence in your abilities

Propel also welcomes other UMKC students as interns for the Propel program.  Contact Laura Hurse,, or  Kate Duffy,

for more information.


Service-Learning is an educational approach that balances formal instruction and direction with the opportunity to serve in the community in order to provide a pragmatic, progressive learning experience.  It connects the classroom experience with real life lessons that come through service.

Propel students complete service-learning projects in their program courses.  In order to promote inclusion, Propel shares placement sites with other UMKC service-learning courses, so Propel students have the option of being included with other UMKC students as they complete their service-learning requirement.

The Propel Program works with faculty instructing courses with a service-learning component to create a hands on experience for the service-learning student.

In addition to the positive impact on the Propel Program, the service-learning students receive benefits in their own personal development and self satisfaction from the act of assisting others, as well as information retention and a sense of engagement typically not experienced in most classes.  Service-learning students develop management, leadership, teamwork, communication and decision making skills.

Faculty interested in including Propel Program service-learning in their course, contact Alexis Petri for more information.