Student Information about Summer Service


What You Give

  • Ten weeks of full-time service
  • Your time (we ask that students do not have another job during their 10 weeks of service)
  • Your talents (your authenticity and humanity, your skills, your values, your creativity, your heart for service)

What You Receive

  • $5,000 tuition scholarship toward the following academic year
  • Room and board for 10 weeks (some sites also include a $50-$100 weekly stipend)
  • Mentoring by a supervisor
  • Development of leadership skills
  • Spiritual and personal growth
  • New friends and experiences
  • Option to use your Summer Service experience to fulfill your community service hours for LVE 305.  For this option, students take a special LVE 305 course in the fall designed for Summer Service students only.

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Summer Service sites include humanitarian, environmental and social justice organizations, spiritual communities, and summer camps.  Locations include community sites in CA, WA, OR, VA and local sites near ULV.

Start Date: The start date for each site is different.  All sites will begin within the last week of May or the first two weeks of June and will run for 10 weeks from the start date.  Note: Summer Service students cannot be a ULV Resident Assistant or a ULV Orientation Week Leader because of scheduling conflicts in the summer.

This Program is Best for Students Who…

  • Have a heart for service and/or social change
  • Seek to commit their summer to this program
  • Seek to live out their values and/or faith in practical ways that care for the planet and its people
  • Seek to grow and deepen – personally, spiritually, and professionally
  • Are motivated to deepen their growth by committing to keeping a journal and writing reflectively throughout the summer
  • Want to have an experience outside their comfort zone

Note: This program is open to Traditional Undergraduate Students only.


As a participant in the program, please note the following requirements:

  • 10 weeks of full-time, volunteer service (students are not allowed to have another job during their Summer Service experience)
  • Attend a half-day Spring Retreat before the summer begins (Friday, May 10, 2024, 1-4 pm))
  • Set goals for your personal, spiritual and professional growth for the summer
  • Keep a weekly journal over the 10 weeks of service (to reflect on your service and your goals, along with a final reflection at the end of the summer).  Journal due by Monday, August 19, 2024
  • Complete a self evaluation form and a site evaluation form at the end of the summer (due Monday, August 19, 2024)
  • Attend a half-day Fall Retreat to debrief and celebrate the summer experience (Friday, August 30, 2024, 1-4 pm)
  • Meet with the program director individually at the end of the summer to reflect on the experience (August or Sept)
  • Participate in the Summer Service Dinner in the Fall (October) to thank donors and community partners and to celebrate your service!

Financial Considerations

The Summer Service program covers room and board (housing and food).  If your site is out of state, the Summer Service program will cover your plane ticket to and from your site and the organization will arrange for your housing and food.  If you serve at a local organization, student volunteers live in the ULV residence halls.  The program covers your housing and meals for 10 weeks.  If you are placed at a local site, student volunteers will need to cover their own transportation to and from their site.  Often this means sharing costs for gas with others who are placed at the same site as you.  Some of the sites are within walking distance of the campus. Tax Information: For those who stay in the Residence Halls, you will be given a housing and food stipend.  In compliance with federal tax laws, these stipends are taxable.  Please note that you may have to pay taxes on these stipends if you are required to file.

Important Additional financial consideration: Student volunteers are responsible for personal costs such as cell phone, bills, non-food necessities like toiletries, entertainment, and local transportation.  It is important that you have money saved for the summer or have access to financial support from family, mentors, or friends.

2024 Summer Service Application Process

Applications Due Friday, March 8, 2024 at 5:00 PM

Please complete the following four steps to apply for the program:

  1. Review: Review the Summer Service Sites for 2024 and the History and Guidelines Summer Service Program.
  2. Submit Application: Complete the Summer Service Application Form on Campus Labs The application will be live from Feb. 28 to March 8 at 5 pm.  You must be logged into Campus Labs to see the application form. Applications are due Friday, March 8 at 5:00 p.m.
  3. Sign-up for Interview: Before submitting your application, please sign up for an interview.  Interviews will be held between March 11-15, 2024.

Questions about the Summer Service Program?  Please contact Zandra Wagoner, University Chaplain (