Civic Engagement Programs

Through both volunteer and paid service opportunities, students assist public and non-profit agencies in meeting their objectives to help improve the quality of life in our communities.  Participants in these programs have become an invaluable resource of both technical and non-technical help for local and regional agencies.


            NJIT Community of Caring Volunteers

NJIT “Community of Caring” campaign is a concerted outreach to promote the good work of NJIT students, faculty & staff and to challenge the campus community to provide over 45,000 hours of service each year to the citizens of our communities.   Volunteers are able to contribute hours through our community connection referral service or through specific CDS civic engagement program. Click for more info

NJIT Community Service Work-Study Program

This federally subsidized program offers eligible students the option of working in non-profit agencies, public schools, or governmental agencies to earn a work-study award.  CSWS provides students the opportunity to earn part of the funds needed to cover educational cost and offers organizations an economical way to meet short-term staffing needs. Click for more info

NJIT America Learns

NJIT Literacy Corps engage student tutors in local schools and after-school sites. We work to help ensure that children in the Greater Newark area will be able to understand math concepts and read well and independently by the end of the 8th grade.  Federal work-study eligible students and student volunteers provide one-on-one and group tutoring for over 350 children annually in Newark public schools and community agencies. Click for more info

Civic Engagement Computer Center @ NJIT

The Civic Engagement Computer Center @ NJIT is a student-supported resource of technical computer support through virtual volunteer projects for community agencies.  Our volunteer and work-study students produce webpage designs, data management, and basic computer training needs of community organizations such as Newark Public Schools, Newark Literacy Campaign, Donate a Toothbrush, Legal Aid of NJ, FOCUS, and the Zeuner Foundation. Click for more info

Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is intended to challenge participants to take a more active role in the local and global community through service, activism, and academia.  To provide opportunities for hands on experience, this facilitates critical thinking, exchanges of ideas and bringing academic concepts to real life experiences.  Students can contribute one day or their entire Spring break. Click for more info

First Year Service Day

First Year Service Day brings together NJIT’s first year students to participate in service projects at community organizations and schools.  It is one of the hallmark events for Freshmen during their move-in weekend.  It is an urban expedition to new places and experiences that has quickly become a cherished NJIT tradition. Click for more info

Big Brother/Big Sister Partnership

The NJIT and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) partnership focuses on a school-based mentoring program at University Heights Charter School (UHCS), with meetings at UHCS during student weekly or bi-weekly lunch periods for 4 hours per month.   BBBS’ existing partnership with UHCS was expanded to launch the NJIT/UHCS mentoring program.   

Newark Beautification Initiative (NBI)

The Newark Beautification Initiative is a locally funded initiative sponsored by the City of Newark in partnership with NJIT.   The summer program consists of the design, construction and planting of at least five community gardens placed within each ward in the City.  The goal is to provide 175 young people from Newark ages 16 – 19 with employment, technology, education and enrichment opportunities within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related college and career experiences. 

NJIT Service-Learning Program

NJIT students may complete a 30-hour community service activity or project for courses that include a service-related component or a faculty monitored senior project/independent study class.  Projects are designed to offer practical experience in a social service setting, that reinforces academic and career goals.  Successful involvement in community-based service experiences not only enhanced career preparation but also provides opportunities for students to hone leadership skills in a service environmentClick for more info