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Many of our students participated in community service prior to coming to USC and want to continue serving as active volunteers. We encourage you to deepen your engagement with community service by taking part in one or more of the many service-learning opportunities we offer. You’ll apply academic coursework to the real world by helping others – it’s a win-win situation!

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Joint Educational Project (JEP)

Established in 1972, the USC Joint Educational Project (a.k.a. “J-E-P”) is one of the oldest and largest service-learning programs in the United States. Each year, 2,000+ USC students enroll in JEP’s service-learning, work-study, and volunteer programs. Over the years, JEP has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions for its pioneering contributions to the field.

JEP offers a wide range of service and service-learning opportunities in nearby schools, community-based organizations, health-care facilities, and legal clinics. JEP partners with USC faculty who offer course credit for participating in JEP; the program offers community service opportunities for alumni, USC employees, and general student volunteers as well. All of JEP’s programs combine hands-on experience with reflective practice, enabling students to learn first hand about the critical issues facing the communities surrounding USC.