Partnerships with Illinois State can exist in many ways and with many different departments and individuals. In addition to the work of the Center, the following departments and units have been identified for the specific and unique ways in which they can partner and support community organizations.
The Stevenson Center administers an interdisciplinary graduate sequence for students seeking careers in public service. The Stevenson Center can match graduate fellows to work individually within organizations; connect these students with organizations for research and/or class projects; assist with data collection, management, and analysis; and provide grant writing training.
Students eligible for Federal Work Study (FWS) funding may be employed in part-time jobs. Students who apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year and demonstrate financial need, may be awarded FWS funds, allowing them to earn money to pay for educational expenses. Students can apply for jobs that utilize FWS funding, that are on and off-campus. Off-campus FWS opportunities include community service. For FWS jobs and community service, the organization pays 30% of the wages and FWS pays the remainder. Organizations need to have an FWS contract on file with Financial Aid to participate.
The Career Center provides students and alumni with career services and resources. The Career Center can assist community organizations with acquiring interns, student workers, or full-time employees.
The Department of Psychology hosts the Volunteer Program Assessment (VPA). VPA is a cutting-edge, innovative, and completely free volunteer assessment system designed to promote nonprofit organization effectiveness.
The Innovation Consulting Community creates learning experiences for students by working on projects for nonprofit and for profit organizations. Students from diverse disciplines team up and use a creative mindset to propose solutions to complex problems and innovation in strategy.
The School of Art is able to support the community through its graphic design program Design Streak. This is a pre-professional graphic design studio providing creative services to businesses, nonprofit organizations, and institutions in Central Illinois. Upper level graphic design students are also available to serve as interns.
Milner Library offers a number of services to the community, including help with research, borrowing privileges, access to microform, and the use of technology in the library.