Internships and Service-Learning


All of our Propel students have an opportunity to intern according to 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 community engaged learning components that facilitates 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 to these experiences, project staff work with individuals to develop and implement plans for securing community employment as they graduate and transition from the program.

Benefits of Internship:

  • 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

In addition to working with the Propel students, the Propel Program is happy to work with anyone looking to complete an internship in the Propel Program.  There are several areas available – administration, Propel and Bridge to College.  Contact Rhonda Blanner or Alexis Petri for more information about serving as an intern for the Propel Program.


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, the program courses share 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 in 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.